Birmingham: SunTrust Racing preview

Barber is Important Stop for SunTrust Bank and Team Birmingham, Alabama (July 27, 2005) -- The Porsche 250 at Barber presented by Bradley Arant is the eighth stop of the 14-race 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. SunTrust Bank has an...

Barber is Important Stop for SunTrust Bank and Team

Birmingham, Alabama (July 27, 2005) -- The Porsche 250 at Barber presented by Bradley Arant is the eighth stop of the 14-race 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. SunTrust Bank has an even higher level of involvement, both because Barber Motorsports Park is the closest race location to SunTrust's home office of Atlanta, Georgia, and because they are focusing some of their charity efforts on this week's events.

Numerous SunTrust executives and guests have been invited to attend and help cheer on drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli in their quest for the 2005 Rolex Daytona Prototype Championship. Additionally, SunTrust is involved as a sponsor of the Grand American Family Appreciation Party Saturday evening, July 30th, at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Following the dinner, the first annual IPT/Nokia Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament will be held to benefit the Boggy Creek Gang Camp and the Barber Motorsports Park Museum.

SunTrust Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing Services John Mauney will be one of the SunTrust executives attending this weekend's race. He'll be arriving via Portland to Nashville and on to Randleman, North Carolina, after participating in the 11th Annual Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride. After the ride, Mauney will hop back on board the 140-horsepower Triumph Rockett motorcycle and continue on to Birmingham for the race. Grand American Series President Roger Edmonson is also participating in the Petty Ride this week, his second cross-country ride for the charity.

This popular charity motorcycle ride raises funds for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, based in North Carolina, that serves the needs of chronically ill children in the same way that the Boggy Creek Gang Camp does in Florida. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, founded by Paul Newman, allow these children to experience camp life, just like their healthy friends, in an environment where their medical needs can be addressed. Over the years the Petty Ride has raised more than $7 million in direct funding and nearly $30 million in other funding resulting from the exposure.

"It is really great that SunTrust has embraced the Boggy Creek Gang Camp," said Wayne Taylor, of Altamonte Springs, Florida. "This charity is very important to me, especially being close to my home in Florida. The camp does incredible work for these sick kids, allowing them to have a wonderful and somewhat normal camp experience like healthy kids get to do."

As important as the charity work of the week and weekend is, so is the Grand American point championship race. The SunTrust Pontiac Riley team has led the 2005 Daytona Prototype point chase from the onset of the season, after winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona race. The SunTrust team, with the popular driving talent of Taylor and Angelelli, went on to win the Grand Prix of Miami, finish second at Fontana and the Daytona 250, fourth at Laguna Seca and sixth at Mont-Tremblant and the Watkins Glen 6-Hour. Finishing on the podium is practically mandatory in order to win the highly pursued championship. The SunTrust race team has focused on that goal all season.

"This series is so competitive," said Bill Riley, SunTrust race team owner and strategist. "It is going to continue to be a championship battle to the end. We have to do everything we can do. We are fortunate that we have excellent preparation on the mechanical side, the drivers keep it clean and we have to keep that going for the rest of the season."

Heat is another factor the team will have on their radar screen this weekend at the 2.3-mile scenic Alabama road course. Last year, the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI finished second under rainy conditions.

"Heat is always a big issue with these cars," said Riley, who bases his shop in Indianapolis, Indiana. "We tested at Barber and did a few more items to make it better for the drivers like a driver cooling system. They seemed to like it. We have a few more things to keep the drivers cool. It will be hard conditions."

"Heat is going to be an issue, for sure," said Italian hotshoe driver, Max "The Ax" Angelelli. "Rain will help and it looks like there is a chance from the weather report I saw. If it does not rain, we will play it conservative at the beginning and go to attack at the end, in order to save energy for the end of the race."

b^0x001cWe've been a little worried about the heat conditions," added the veteran endurance racer, Taylor. "There is no place on the track to rest. It's very demanding. Our guys are very prepared with cool suits, skull caps, everything it's going to take to come back out on top."

The live Speed Channel broadcast of the Porsche 250 at Barber Presented by Bradley Arant race will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 31. The race is a two-and-three-quarter hour event, 250 miles or 109 laps.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., (NYSE: STI) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations.As ofJune 30, 2005, SunTrust had total assets of $169.0 billion and total deposits of $109.6 billion. The company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The Company also serves customers in selected markets nationally.Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and capital markets services.JSunTrust's Internet address is

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kyle Petty , Wayne Taylor , Paul Newman , Max Angelelli