Team Riley Confirms Rolex 24 Lineup

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Mario Farnbacher and Adam Christodoulou will join Team Riley for the Rolex 24. (IMSA Photo)

TOMBALL, Texas – Mario Farnbacher and Adam Christodoulou will join full season drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No. 33 AMG-Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 during the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 28-29.

Teammates for the fourth year, Keating and Bleekemolen will race with Farnbacher, Christodoulou and Mercedes-AMG for the first time in the Daytona opener. Keating, Bleekemolen and the No. 33 team finished second in the GT Daytona championships this past season.

Farnbacher will also join Keating and Bleekemolen for all four rounds of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, which also begins with Rolex 24.

“There’s a lot of great driver lineups in GTD for the Rolex 24 and I just want to make sure that we are one of them,” Keating said. I believe we have definitely achieved that and I am really excited about the four-driver lineup that we have for the 33.”

Farnbacher races with Keating, Bleekemolen and the No. 33 Riley team for the first time after being one of their major competitors this year and last.

“I have the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans already on my win list,” Farnbacher said. “Still on my bucket list is the win at the Rolex 24 and our main goal of the championship. I am super proud to be part of this team, it’s one of the best teams in the paddock. Riley Motorsports always has the cars to win, and I am 100% sure that the Mercedes-AMG package for 2017 will also be the same winning one from the past.”

Christodoulou is an AMG Customer Sports driver who was part of the winning overall team at this year’s 24 Hours of Nurburgring, leading a convincing top-four sweep in the grueling race by Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams. He returns to the Rolex 24 for the first time since finishing sixth in the GT class in 2011, his only previous appearance in the twice-around-the-clock Daytona race.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to where my GT career first started back in 2010,” Christodoulou said. “I’m extremely grateful and honored that Riley and AMG have entrusted me to be a part of their team. I’ve been training hard over the winter in preparation for the season ahead, and I’m heading out to the Roar Before the 24 to get to know everyone. I’ve been lucky enough to race in the same car as Jeroen before and I know Ben and Mario are both fast, so I’m really looking forward to working and racing with them.”