Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teammates Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss, and one of Ben Keating’s past co-drivers in Damien Faulkner, will complete the lineup alongside Keating and Gar Robinson in the No. 93 ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper GT3-R at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The No. 93 Viper won the GT Daytona class last year with Keating, Al Carter, Cameron Lawrence, Dominik Farnbacher and Kuno Wittmer.
“The 93 Viper has incredible history at Daytona,” Keating said. “I expect that both Vipers will be strong for this race but, having said that, I also believe that every car is a long shot in any 24 hour race.
“Anything can happen and you never know when you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The goal is to protect the car to try to be in the hunt within the last several hours. This group of Texans is experienced enough in traffic to protect the car.”
Aside of Faulkner, the other four drivers in the No. 93 car are all from Texas.
“I think it is awesome that we have four Texans teamed up with an Irishman,” Keating said. “I am from Houston, Jeff is from Austin, Gar is from San Antonio and Eric is from Dallas Fort Worth so we have the whole state covered.
“Damien brings a little Luck of the Irish to our Lone Star State lineup and has actually had some good luck racing in Texas in his career. We definitely plan on being the Texas team to cheer for race fans from all around the world.”
Faulkner is reunited with Keating, with whom he shared the No. 66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the American Le Mans Series GTC class in 2013.
“Ben is extremely passionate about racing, has an innate desire for winning, but above all is a friend,” Faulkner said.
“I’m extremely excited about renewing our partnership together with the Riley Team, which I consider one of the strongest in the paddock. I sincerely believe this represents my strongest yet chance of Daytona 24 honors, and would like to thank Ben and the Riley team for the opportunity. It’s very cool!”
Mosing and Foss race together in the Continental Tire Challenge series with Murillo Racing; Foss won the 2014 ST class championship. Mosing, meanwhile, made his team debut with Marc Miller at last year’s race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mosing and Foss also raced in a BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman in 2013 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and finished third in the GX class.
“Eric and I have been racing together for a while,” Mosing said. “He has always been a tremendous influence on me and on how to approach racing mentally.
“I ran the Rolex 24 in GX in 2013 with Eric and I really love the dynamics of an endurance race. I enjoyed the sunrise from the race car, the smell of the infield crowd’s dinner and all of the sounds. Daytona is just an amazing place, there’s a different energy with the Rolex 24 and just so much history.”
“I feel really privileged to be part of such a great driver lineup,” Foss added. “Every driver on the team has won at the top level along with several championships. Bill Riley has a great history as an engineer and team director and the 93 Viper, having won the Rolex 24 last year, shows that this team is a top-level organization