Homestead: SunTrust Racing preview

SunTrust Race Team Returns to Miami/Homestead to Defend Victory Miami, Florida (March 21, 2006) -- The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley team is happy to be returning to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for Round Three of the 2006 Grand American Rolex...

SunTrust Race Team Returns to Miami/Homestead to Defend Victory

Miami, Florida (March 21, 2006) -- The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley team is happy to be returning to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for Round Three of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. It was the site of the second of five victories during last year's championship run for drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli and the SunTrust team.

The 2006 season has become even more challenging as new teams and drivers have entered the series to compete for the Daytona Prototype championship and 2006 rules have added weight to the Pontiac Riley engine-chassis combination, making if even more difficult.

"This is race three. We are going to get a really clear understanding of who's going to be competitive in the series and who is not," said defending DP champion Wayne Taylor. "Daytona and Mexico were stand-alone events. Homestead is where we are going to see who has the most competitive package."

"We are approaching Miami in a different spirit," said Max "The Ax" Angelelli of Bologna, Italy and Monte Carlo, Monaco. "It is incomparable to last year because we have a different spirit. Last year we were leading the championship. We were driving the races on a safe mode without taking too much risk. After Daytona this year, we have to attack and get as many wins and points as possible. Unfortunately the rules have changed this year and this works against us. The end result is that there are cars that are faster than our car. We need to wait for some mistakes from the other drivers and take advantage of it."

An on-track collision with a GT car at Daytona forced the No. 10 SunTrust car to retire after the fourth hour of the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Sick drivers and a penalty resulted in a ninth-place finish for the popular SunTrust team at Mexico City. Thus Round Three of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve at the 2.3-mile Miami-Homestead Speedway in the Grand Prix of Miami, sponsored by Linder Industrial Machinery Company and Komatsu, is expected to be a turn-around event for Taylor, Angelelli and the SunTrust team.

"Obviously we have had issues this year, compared by our standards, and are looking for our first strong race of the year at Miami," said Bill Riley who spearheads the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI race efforts. "We had a rough time in Daytona and Mexico and are looking forward to getting to the race track and tearing it up. We got our first Miami-Homestead victory last year and want to perpetuate it at that circuit."

In 2005, the SunTrust team had an incredible championship-winning season with an impressive victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona before going on to collect four more victories and then the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Team and Driver's Championships. Ten podium finishes in 14 races, three poles and seven fastest laps were the impressive stats they tallied in 2005. Additionally, the SunTrust team became the winningest in Daytona Prototype competition and completed every lap available, 2,050, during the course of the season.

The television broadcast of the Grand Prix of Miami will be tape-delayed on Speed Channel on Saturday, March 25 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

-suntrustracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli