Jan Magnussen to Join SunTrust Team for Long Beach Race Phoenix, Arizona (March 30, 2006) -- SunTrust Race Team car owner/driver Wayne Taylor has invited Pontiac driver Jan Magnussen to join the championship-winning No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley...
Jan Magnussen to Join SunTrust Team for Long Beach Race
Phoenix, Arizona (March 30, 2006) -- SunTrust Race Team car owner/driver Wayne Taylor has invited Pontiac driver Jan Magnussen to join the championship-winning No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley team for the inaugural Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Saturday, April 7-8.
"I am really glad to be able to add Jan Magnussen to the SunTrust Pontiac team line-up," said SunTrust team principal Wayne Taylor. "His talent speaks for itself. Jan is a driver who can get into any car and drive it well and fast. He will be a real asset to this team and give me an opportunity to transition more into the team management role for a race. I've been juggling multiple duties between management and driver for years and this will be a great chance to step out of the driving role for a single race and feel I am leaving it in two very capable hands with Max (Angelelli) and Jan."
Bill Riley, owner of Riley Technologies, will spearhead the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley, as usual, only he will share the perch seat overlooking the pits with Taylor. As always, SunTrust team engineer Travis Jacobsen, will make the engineering calls for the race.
"This is a great opportunity to add a talented driver from the Pontiac stable to our team," said Riley, who recently announced Riley Technologies move to Mooresville, North Carolina this fall. "Jan has mostly driven the Pontiac GTO-R in the GT class in recent years, but was also part of the start of the Daytona Prototype class in Grand-Am, driving for Kevin Doran. He and Max are going to make a great pair on the Long Beach Street Circuit."
"Wayne is such an integral part of the SunTrust team and Grand American, in general," said Jim France, CEO of International Speedway Corp., who oversees the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. "I imagine that this is a step towards looking at a bigger picture for the years ahead. Having discussed it with Wayne, I know he has no plans of retiring as a driver anytime soon."
"We support the decisions that Wayne makes regarding this team," said Craig Kelly, Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc. "If he chooses to put another capable driver such as Jan into the cockpit and step out for a race, that's great. It mixes everything up for a bit and keeps the competition guessing. Not a thing wrong with that."
"This is exciting for me to be invited to join the SunTrust team for Long Beach," said Jan Magnussen, a former Formula One driver from Denmark. "Everyone respects the SunTrust Pontiac Riley team for their accomplishments, including winning the Daytona Prototype championship last year, the Rolex 24 and all the other victories they have collected in just two years. I hope to be able to add something to an already great team."
"In the future I may concentrate just on the long distance races, but for now I plan to continue driving this year," added Taylor, the defending Grand American Daytona Prototype Team and Co-Driver Champion, along with Angelelli. "The Grand American Series has grown so much in a few short years and it is great to be a part of that growth, in the past, present and into the future."