SunTrust Pontiac Riley Qualifies on the Third Row for Watkins Glen Grand American Race Watkins Glen, New York (September 23, 2005) -- Today's qualifying session for the Crown Royal 250 at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International featured Luiz...
SunTrust Pontiac Riley Qualifies on the Third Row for Watkins Glen Grand American Race
Watkins Glen, New York (September 23, 2005) -- Today's qualifying session for the Crown Royal 250 at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International featured Luiz Diaz in the No. 01 CompUSA/Ganassi team collecting his second pole of the season with a time of 1:44.836 at 116.754 mph.
Wayne Taylor, qualifying driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI, put the fan favorite car in the sixth spot of the 21-car Daytona Prototype field with a lap time of 1:46.169 at 115.288 mph, his quickest of the weekend.
"The end result was a little disappointing considering at the beginning we were really up there at P-2, P-3 for a long time. But on lap four, I just didn't seem to be able to get the car to handle like the first three laps," said Taylor, who had one pole position earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway's Brumos Porsche 250 race in June. "It's a good race car. I thought that after doing the 46.1 on the third lap that we were going to be in a good position to go even faster. But for whatever reason the car became loose in the high speed corners. I suppose we have to look at a few things to make sure we have a good car for tomorrow."
"It's a solid starting position," said Bill Riley, who oversees the SunTrust race team operations. "We still have a little bit of work to do on the car, but we're going to have a real good race car tomorrow. Everything seems to be working just fine."
"It's a good position to start the race," added Max "The Ax" Angelelli, who captured the pole at The Glen in June for the six hour race. "Wayne looks really good and solid. I'm pretty sure tomorrow we can have a very good race."
Thursday Combined Practice Sessions: The SunTrust Pontiac Riley team focused on set-up and both Wayne and Max were happy with the car. Max set the second fastest time with a 146.189 at 115.363 mph.
Friday Practice Session #1: Max started the 9:00 a.m. morning session, but it was cut short due to rain. He still managed to turn the fastest time of the brief session with a time of 1:48.084 at 113.245 mph in just two laps.
Friday Practice Session #2: Wayne concentrated on driving in the second session of the day in order to prep for afternoon qualifying. Again, weather was a factor and he only got in seven laps, with his best time being a 1:51.449 at 109.826 mph, 14th overall in the session black flagged due to fog.
The Speed Channel broadcast of the Crown Royal 250 at The Glen will air live on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET. The race is a 250 miles/74 laps or two and three-quarter hours.