SunTrust Racing Qualifies on Front Row for Mid-Ohio Grand American Race
Lexington, Ohio (August 6, 2004) - Wayne Taylor qualified the #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.11 on the front row today for the start of Saturday's EMCO Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic event. CompUSA driver Max Papis set the fastest time at 1:19.496 (102.254 mph), with Taylor following with a 1:19.733 (101.950). It was the fourth time in seven events that Riley chassis cars made up the front row.
"I was a bit conservative with qualifying because I had just put the car in the gravel in the last practice session," said Taylor. "I knew we had a car for the front row, maybe even the pole. The tires are only optimum for about three laps. For me, the most important thing is the checkered flag. This is my best qualifying this year.
"The racing in Grand American is so competitive, you really have to have your act together, so we put more effort into having a good car for the race," added Taylor. "Saturday's race will be at 5:30 p.m., so it will be a little cooler, which will be nice. But we're all in the same boat."
Taylor's co-driver this weekend is Frenchman Emmanuel Collard. "We have a good car. The team has worked to get us ready. Wayne did a good job with qualifying and will be the starting driver. It is very difficult to pass here, so maybe it will be an advantage to start from the front row. Good pit strategy is also important."
SunTrust Banks, Inc., (NYSE: STI) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest and strongest financial holding companies. With $128.1 billion in assets and total deposits of $85.5 billion as of June 30, 2004, SunTrust's 1,215 retail branches and 2,235 ATMs are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia.