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Daytona Winning SunTrust Racing Team Goes to Miami-Homestead Seeking a Streak Daytona, Florida (March 2, 2005) --The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team heads to the Homestead-Miami Speedway this week seeking a winning streak after being victorious at...

Daytona Winning SunTrust Racing Team Goes to Miami-Homestead Seeking a Streak

Daytona, Florida (March 2, 2005) --The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team heads to the Homestead-Miami Speedway this week seeking a winning streak after being victorious at last month's classic Rolex 24 at Daytona race. This weekend will be the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' first sprint race of the season, a two hour and forty-five minute race. It will feature SunTrust drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli teamed again this season in the Pontiac Riley Mk.11 racer.

A near flawless driving performance by Taylor, Angelelli and endurance co-driver Emmanuel Collard, also featured a near flawless team performance by Bill Riley and his Riley Technologies crew in the 24-hour historic endurance race. They now come to Miami with the car prepared for a sprint event, hoping to continue to gain ground in the points championship that they currently lead by three points.

"I'm pretty excited about going to race," said Bill Riley, SunTrust Racing team owner. "It's going to be a tough one with all the cars. We always have a strong car at Homestead, but we haven't won there yet. When we haven't won somewhere, we always want to try to win that much more."

"I'm excited about going to race again," said SunTrust Racing car owner/driver Wayne Taylor and two-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. "For whatever reason, we have not been able to get our set-up just right for this race. We're hoping to change that this year. We had two difficult races last year and we hope to turn that around this weekend."

"It will be quite a challenge at Miami because Daytona was 24 hours long and you miss a lot of good and quick cars along the way as they drop out of the race," said hotshoe Italian driver Max Angelelli. "In a 2-hour and forty-five minute race, a lot of sports cars that might have had mechanical problems in the longer race are going to be up for the sprint race and challenge us to the final lap. There are a lot of Daytona Prototypes and it will be a really tough battle. Like last year, it is impossible to predict who will win, who will be second and third. We are in the best position. We have a good team and a good car. We will be part of the deal for the win."

"The season started off brilliantly for our SunTrust Racing team," said John Mauney, Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing Services for SunTrust Bank. "The win at Daytona was a huge victory for us and one the team had worked very hard towards all of last year. Of course, we hope we can perpetuate that winning form this weekend at Miami."

The SunTrust Racing finished second in the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Team Championship and Wayne Taylor finished second in the Driver's Championship. Although Angelelli was fourth in the Driver's Championship, his records included three victories, one pole, nine podium finishes and eight fastest lap records. He has already started off setting more records in 2005 as he set the fastest lap of the Daytona 24 hour race in the dark at approximately 12:45 Sunday morning.

The Grand Prix of Miami will start at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th. The 250-mile 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.

-suntrustracing.com

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