Pressure is on the Points-Leading SunTrust Racing Team for the Grand American 400 at Fontana Fontana, California (March 31, 2005) --The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team feels the pressure of leading the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series ...
Pressure is on the Points-Leading SunTrust Racing Team for the Grand American 400 at Fontana
Fontana, California (March 31, 2005) --The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team feels the pressure of leading the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship points as they go into the third race of the season at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Miami Grand Prix may seem an enviable position for many, but it does not insure anything at this stage of the season, except for additional pressure. However, it does give Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and the SunTrust Racing team a lead of six points in the yearlong championship standings over second-place challengers Butch Leitzinger and Elliott-Forbes Robinson, in the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford.
"You always feel the pressure, the pressure to perform," said SunTrust Racing car owner/driver Wayne Taylor. "Racing is about winning. You always go out and try to win. We won the 24 hours, we're leading the points race and we are going for the championship this year. We are not doing anything different for this race than we always do though. We take each race as it comes."
"It's a little strange going three for three," added Bill Riley, SunTrust Racing team owner. "We ran well last year at Fontana. We'll go out there and do the best we can. We'll do what we always do."
"Fontana will be a tough race," said Italian Max "The Ax" Angelelli, who is also two for two in setting the fastest race lap at both Daytona and Miami. "We were surprised for our win at Miami because the competition was very difficult. It will be the same at Fontana. There are many good teams that could win. The competition gets tougher and tougher. The more races we do, the better the new teams are going to be. We have to accumulate as much as we can now for the future, for the second half of the season, so we have a margin for points."
"The success of our team this year has been fantastic," said John Mauney, Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing Services for SunTrust Bank. "This is a team of hard workers though who do not rest on their laurels. They know there is still a long way to go before the season is over and the championship is won. We are proud of where we are, but we have many races yet to go. "
The Grand American 400 will start at 1:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. ET) on Sunday, April 3rd. The 400-kilometer/two-and-three-quarter hour race will be aired live on the Speed Channel.
SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations. As of December 31, 2004, SunTrust had total assets of $159.1 billion and total deposits of $103.4 billion. The company operates an extensive distribution network primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and capital markets services. SunTrust's internet address is suntrust.com.