SunTrust Racing Believes in The Numbers
One Race Down, One Lap Record Achieved
Homestead, Fla. (February 19, 2004) SunTrust Racing started from the front row of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and led the race for nearly 50 laps in the early going. They also set a new Daytona Speedway race lap record for Daytona Prototypes with a 117.977 mph tour of the 3.56 mile road course.
But for SunTrust Racing's drivers, Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli, those numbers were small consolation for missing what appeared as a likely podium finish with a brand new car's debut in one of the world's most grueling races. A failed rear axle joint rubber boot caused enough collateral damage to the right rear corner of the car to knock the SunTrust Pontiac-Riley Mk. 11 out of contention within the final hour of its first race.
Still, Bill Riley of Riley Technologies (designers and builders of the new SunTrust Racing machine) feels the numbers achieved at the Rolex 24 bode well for success in the upcoming Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 28.
"We're champing at the bit to get to Homestead," said Riley in a recent conversation. "Of course I'm as disappointed as any of our teammates that we missed a podium finish in Daytona, but when you look back at the numbers and the fact that we're a new team with a brand new car, what we accomplished last month is something to be proud of. We learned a few things in Daytona as you always do -- and that should serve us well as the season unfolds."