SunTrust Pontiac Riley Qualifies Fifth at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, New York (August 11, 2005) -- Today's qualifying session for the CompUSA 200 at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International featured a new pole winner, Fabrizio Gollin, in the...
SunTrust Pontiac Riley Qualifies Fifth at Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen, New York (August 11, 2005) -- Today's qualifying session for the CompUSA 200 at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International featured a new pole winner, Fabrizio Gollin, in the No. 77 Crown Royal Ford Doran, with a record qualifying lap of 1:08.409 at 128.930 mph.
Wayne Taylor qualified the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI in the fifth spot, just six-tenths off the record with a lap time of 1:09.085 at 127.669 mph. Accidents during qualifying caused two black flags, with no major damage or delays.
"I suppose it's okay to start fifth," said Taylor, whose teammate, Max Angelelli, qualified their race car on the pole in June for the 6 Hours of The Glen. "There's a Ford on the pole, with a Pontiac, then a BMW, a Lexus and us. The #01 car just pipped me there at the end. It's an okay starting position and it's on the inside. So, now we have to concentrate on the race."
"It's a real solid starting position," added SunTrust team owner Bill Riley. "With a field this competitive, it's pretty good. Plus we're on the inside and at Watkins Glen, I always like starting on the inside row. So, I'm pretty happy with everything."
Thursday Practice Session #1: The SunTrust Racing team focused on set-up and was third fastest with a time of 1:08.691 at 128.401 mph with Max Angelelli driving the SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI.
Thursday Practice Session #2: Max Angelelli was third fastest again with a lap time of 1:08.766 at 128.261 mph.
Tonight the Grand American team will have night practice for an hour, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Friday there is no track time, due to the NASCAR schedule, until the race start at 6:00 p.m.
The Speed Channel broadcast of the CompUSA 200 at The Glen will air tape delayed on Friday night at 10:00 p.m. ET. The race is a 200 miles/82 laps or 2 hours.