Daytona 24: SunTrust Racing twenty hour report

SunTrust Racing Back on Top at 20-Hour Point of Rolex 24 at Daytona Daytona, Florida (February 6, 2005) - The No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.11 team of Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Emmanuel Collard have continued to dominate during...

SunTrust Racing Back on Top at 20-Hour Point of Rolex 24 at Daytona

Daytona, Florida (February 6, 2005) - The No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.11 team of Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Emmanuel Collard have continued to dominate during the night at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. They continued to run a flawless race until about 4:20 a.m., on lap 474, when Collard and a Porsche GT car briefly came together, causing some damage to the black-and-yellow SunTrust liveried race car. The incident damaged the latches on the front nose and the crew had to rivet the nose back on the car. The pit stop cost the team three laps. With hard driving and a couple of timely cautions, the No. 10 SunTrust Racing entry retook the lead right at the 8:00 a.m. mark, on lap 590.

Team Quotes:

Bill Riley: "I'm waiting for the big panic to happen. It's been, actually up to this point, I hate to say it, but it's been an actual perfect race for us. The nose hasn't come off, the engine cover hasn't come off, the stops have been good, the drivers haven't gone off. So, it's been a perfect race to this point. I just hope we can do it for another eight and a half hours."

Emmanuel Collard: "We had some contact with the Porsche. He couldn't see me. I went over onto the inside front. It was close. All the rest (of the stint) was the same, but now the car is fine so it should be okay for the end."

Max Angelelli: "I'd rather do the final hour with a five lap lead. But I'm pretty excited about how this race is turning out." Regarding setting the current fastest lap of the race at approximately 12:45 a.m. with a time of 1:47.339 "It was a clear lap and I could do it. So, I'm pretty pleased for this. I hope that it will stay until the end. I'm happy with everything, more or less."

Wayne Taylor: "Well, I didn't realize we had an incident in the night and when I was in the car I was having a lot of difficulty in the front. Bill (Riley) had told me that we had an accident which destroyed a lot of the front of the car. But in order to change the splitter, which is really an important part, we would have lost 10 laps. So, we had to duct tape the front end. I think both Emmanuel and Max now can probably finish the race. We can probably lap at the same speed as them, so it's going to take some careful strategy and hard driving.

That was probably the worst stint of the bloody race. I wish I'd have known that we had had the accident and had the problems because I was trying to make many set up changes on the rollbar and not getting the car to do anything. Then I found out what the problem was. I think without traffic we would have gone right to the same sort of level. "

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli