SunTrust Racing Names Collard To Assist Peripatetic Pair of Pilots At Mt. Tremblant Atlanta (May 13, 2004) As the teams and drivers of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series head for Canada's beautiful Laurentian region in the province ...
SunTrust Racing Names Collard To Assist Peripatetic Pair of Pilots At Mt. Tremblant
Atlanta (May 13, 2004) As the teams and drivers of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series head for Canada's beautiful Laurentian region in the province of Quebec, one pair of drivers is facing an extra long commute during race weekend. SunTrust Bank Racing Team regular drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli are expected to put in over 6,000 air miles as they commute from Taylor's home base in Orlando, Fla. to Mt. Tremblant.
The team called in Emmanuel Collard -- a longtime friend and co-driver from this year's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona to sub for them in race qualifying and practice on Friday and Saturday.
What is so important as to take these two endurance racing pros that are in contention for the championship away from their driving on a race weekend? Taylor puts it this way, "Why are we shuttling back and forth in the middle of a race weekend? When I retired from driving in the Cadillac program back in 2002, my family and I began to plan for my son Jordan's Bar Mitzvah. We had to plan quite far ahead and we picked the weekend of May 21 22, 2004. Of course, after the Rolex Series schedule was set for this year, there was a slight logistical problem of racing in Mt. Tremblant and being in Orlando with my family. Max Angelelli is like an uncle to my boys and he'd already agreed to be at our family's side for the ceremony.
"I asked Emmanuel if he would help and it's a good thing he's free that weekend. Max and I will test the car on Thursday in an open practice session, then dash to Montreal for a return flight to Orlando. After the ceremonies on Saturday, we'll jet back up to Montreal."
Collard is slated to qualify the SunTrust Pontiac-Riley Mk.11 and therefore start the race. Adding "interest" for the team is the lack of a normal race morning warm up session. So after Thursday's open test, Taylor and Angelelli's first stints in the car will be taking over during the six-hour race.