Chevrolet Daytona 24H interview: SunTrust Racing team

Team Chevy Racing press release

WAYNE TAYLOR, OWNER WAYNE TAYLOR RACING NO. 10 SUNTRUST CORVETTE DP:

#10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP: Max Angelelli, Ryan Briscoe, Ricky Taylor
#10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP: Max Angelelli, Ryan Briscoe, Ricky Taylor

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

“It’s really disappointing, but at the same time this is what happens in this ,the driver, even though there was a statement that Max might’ve over-revved the engine – that’s absolutely not the case. There’s a problem in the valve train; quite honestly, we’re not exactly sure what it is, but there’s a problem enough for us to pull the car out. We clarified with Grand-Am that both Max and Ricky will get points based on the fact that he did do his 30 minutes and because of catastrophic failure, the second driver automatically gets points. We will go on here with [14th-place] points, [18] points down. But at the same time, we came into this weekend feeling very upbeat. Everybody, all of the support we’ve had from GM, SunTrust, Dallara and Corvette, everybody. We’ll just go back, regroup and we’ll go to the next event.”

ANY INDICATION DURING THE WEEK, DURING PRACTICE, THAT THERE WERE GOING TO BE PROBLEMS, OR DID THIS JUST CATCH YOU OFF GUARD? “We’ve never had an engine problem in all the time we’ve run the Chevrolet engine program, so this is the first time. There was truly nothing we were worried about. In fact, this is probably the one 24 Hour I think we all felt – the only thing we were worried about was traffic, and we didn’t have any issues. Really caught us by surprise.”

REGARDING THE ISSUE THE NO. 5 CORVETTE DP HAD EARLIER IN THE RACE: “Totally unrelated.”

MAX ANGELELLI, NO 10 SUNTRUST CORVETTE DP:

ANY INDICATION DURING THE WEEK, DURING PRACTICE, THAT THERE WERE GOING TO BE PROBLEMS, OR DID THIS JUST CATCH YOU OFF GUARD? “We had no indication. We tested the engine yesterday, and it was all good.”

RICKY TAYLOR, NO. 10 SUNTRUST CORVETTE DP:

TALK ABOUT YOUR EMOTIONS, YOU WEREN’T ABLE TO EVEN GET IN THE CAR, HOW TOUGH IS THIS TO SWALLOW? “It’s such a big build up for it (Rolex 24-Hour) and it is the 50th anniversary. With our new car, there is a lot of excitement. The guys gave done so much work at the shop; put in numerous 12 to 18 hour days. It is really tough. Now we have over a month until our next race. I know we’ll come back at Barber (Motorsports Park) and redeem ourselves.”

IS THE KEY FOR YOU AND MAX (ANGELELLI) THAT THE SEASON IS NOT LOST? “There’s 14 cars. It is hard to make up points. The 24 Hour we always have the most cars of any reason, so we are losing more points than we can gain in any other single race. We’ll just have to go out there and pick up where we left off at the end of last season and just win a lot of races.”

RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 10 SUNTRUST CORVETTE DP:

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE EMOTIONAL LETDOWN; YOU NEVER EVEN GOT A CHANCE TO GET IN THE CAR: “It is just tremendously disappointing. The effort that everyone on the whole team put in and Wayne (Taylor), Max (Angelelli), Ricky (Taylor), the engineers, all the mechanics; this is a big race for this whole team and proud to be a part of it. Still am. Obviously it hurts right now not to have a shot at winning the 50th.”

IS THIS THE EQUIVALENT OF BEING AT INDY FOR THE WHOLE MONTH OF MAY AND THEN JUST GOING OUT ON LAP ONE, IS IT THE SAME? “Yes, definitely. Very similar. I think Grand-Am did an amazing job of promoting this event. The turn-out today was huge. Great vibe around this championship at the moment and about this race. Just being a part of it would have been nice. Just being a part of the 24-Hour at the end is very special. We hate packing up now and we are only a couple of hours into the race. We are all sort of hanging our heads a bit low right now; but proud of the work everyone did.”

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