Watkins Glen II: SunTrust Racing preview

SunTrust Racing Heads to Watkins Glen Ready To Battle for Points Watkisn Glen, New York (August 10, 2004) - On the heels of last weekend's Grand American race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the SunTrust Racing team now heads to the Finger...

SunTrust Racing Heads to Watkins Glen Ready To Battle for Points

Watkisn Glen, New York (August 10, 2004) - On the heels of last weekend's Grand American race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the SunTrust Racing team now heads to the Finger Lakes Region of New York, to the historic Watkins Glen International circuit, for the Sahlen's 200 at The Glen. A double-header with NASCAR, the Rolex Sports Car Series will be the Friday night feature race under the lights on the 2.45-mile, 11-turn short course.

The SunTrust Racing team of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli currently sits second in the Rolex Sports Car Series Team point standings. Taylor is now fourth in the driver's championship, just one point down from Andy Wallace at 195. Max Papis and Scott Pruett share the top spot with 218 points.

The battle continues to heat up as the Rolex teams head down to the final five races of the season. An eighth-place finish at Mid-Ohio was far less than what the SunTrust Racing team had aspired to achieve last weekend after starting second on the grid. An excellent pass by Wayne Taylor on leader Max Papis gave high hopes for a podium finish, but a mechanical gremlin slowed the Pontiac Riley Mk.11 and the team had to settle for the eighth-place finish.

"We're going to Watkins Glen with fire in our eyes," said SunTrust car owner/driver Wayne Taylor. "We are going to chase down every point we can from now to the finale. I'm only one point out of third after Mid-Ohio and I aim to climb back up. We nearly won at Watkins Glen in June and we are ready to come back with a vengeance this weekend."

"I was really disappointed that I missed racing with the SunTrust team last weekend," said Max Angelelli. "Wayne and Manu (co-driver Emmanuel Collard) did a good job. I'm ready to come back and help Wayne and the team get more points we need for the championship. This is our primary goal.

"I left Watkins Glen with a positive impression about the race track," added the Italian Angelelli. "I have never been to the short course and am looking forward to seeing the new track. I am hoping for the same level of performance that we have always had during the season. I can't wait to get back in the car. It's been quite a long time for me. I'm very excited."

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.

-www.suntrustracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Emmanuel Collard , Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli