Homestead: SunTrust Racing qualifying report

Miami, Florida (March 24, 2006) -- Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami, Round Three of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, featured a battle between 28 Daytona Prototype cars with Porsche-powered cars taking the top three...

Miami, Florida (March 24, 2006) -- Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami, Round Three of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, featured a battle between 28 Daytona Prototype cars with Porsche-powered cars taking the top three qualifying positions.

Pontiac Riley combinations, like that of the No. 10 SunTrust team, dominated last year, but a rule change prior to the start of the 2006 Grand American season has had its effect.

"With the Grand-Am rules the way they are right now, Porsche is the package to have," said Bill Riley of Riley Technologies who spearheads the effort of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley.

Mike Rockenfeller set the pole position in the No. 23 Porsche Crawford with a time of 1:13.960 at 111.952 mph. Christian Fittipaldi clocked the second quickest qualifying time in the No. 39 Porsche Crawford with a 1:14.384 at 111.314 mph. The No. 58 Brumos Porsche Fabcar of David Donohue took the third spot with a time of 1:14.436 at 111.236.

Wayne Taylor, owner/driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI, qualified the car on the eighth row in the 16th spot for the Grand Prix of Miami, sponsored by Linder Industrial Machinery Company and Komatsu,

"I don't believe at all that it was the car. I just had a poor qualifying run," said Taylor of Altamonte Springs, Florida. "I don't really know why. It's pretty disappointing for us. We expect a lot of cautions tomorrow. We need to keep the car in good condition and give it to Max and let him do what he normally does."

"Qualifying didn't really go the way we would have liked it to go, but we'll just hopefully have a nice, solid race," added Riley, who recently announced the move of Riley Technologies to Mooresville, North Carolina. "Wayne will give the car to Max and we'll see what we can do. We'll just go into this one and go for a nice race prep. There's going to be a lot of yellows and hopefully that will work in our favor tomorrow for the race."

"There will be a lot of cautions in the race and I hope not caused by me," said Max "The Ax" Angelelli, who earned his nickname by the way he cuts through the field to the front. "What can I say? I am going to fight as usual and hopefully we can finish in the top ten."

In 2005, the SunTrust team collected five victories on their way to capturing 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.

Session Information:

Thursday Practice Session #1: Max "The Ax" Angelelli was the third fastest in the first session, as the team worked on set-up and acquiring data. He clocked a 1:15.108 at 110.241 mph.

Thursday Practice Session #2: Angelelli turned the fastest time overall of the night practice session with a time of 1:15.035 at 110.349 mph.

Friday Practice Session #3: Angelelli and Taylor both practiced in Friday morning's session, continuing to advance on the car's set-up. Max turned the fifth best time of the session with a 1:15.053 at 110.322 mph.

Friday Practice Session #4: Wayne Taylor worked on final set-up tweaking before evening qualifying and turned a session best of 1:16.701 at 107.952 mph, the 13th fastest time during that session.

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 after a 7:00 p.m. ET race start.

-suntrustracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Wayne Taylor , Mike Rockenfeller