Birmingham: SunTrust Racing race report

SunTrust Racing Team Finishes on Podium Again and Narrows Points Gap to Just Three Points Birmingham, Alabama (October 10, 2004) - The Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama was another...

SunTrust Racing Team Finishes on Podium Again and Narrows Points Gap to Just Three Points

Birmingham, Alabama (October 10, 2004) - The Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama was another nail-biter in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Championship point chase, as it finished under a caution. Rain was a factor in today's race as well as six cautions for 32 laps, produced five lead changes by three different cars. Although the No. 10 SunTrust Racing car of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli never led a lap in today's race, they finished second overall and narrowed the points gap even closer to the leading contender - the No. 01 CompUSA Lexus Riley of Max Papis and Scott Pruett by a mere three points.

SunTrust hotshoe Max Angelelli again set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:22.803 at an average speed of 72.044 mph. It was Angelelli's seventh fastest lap in eleven races this season. After dipping as low as 20th overall after pitting, Angelelli brought the SunTrust Pontiac Riley to second overall at the checkered flag.

The eventual winner, the No. 4 Howard-Boss Pontiac Crawford of Butch Leitzinger and Elliott Forbes-Robinson, was the sixth different race winner during the 2004 Grand American Rolex season. The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team and the No. 01 CompUSA team are tied with three victories each and have been a regular on the victory podium throughout the season.

"Our objective has been for the last three races to try and win and for them (the No. 01 team) to come second and narrow the gap," said Wayne Taylor. "We've brought the gap down from 19 points to three points with one (race) to go. It is significant to say that we have been ahead of them the last four races. But anything can happen. We've just got to do the very best. We've just got to focus on winning the (final) race and see what happens."

"I was really looking forward to having a green flag because the track was drying out and my car was much faster on dry conditions," said the Italian Angelelli. "Unfortunately the yellow stayed and I had no chance to overtake him. That is my only regret."

"To come from 20th to second place is indicative of the quality and depth of this team and drivers," said Andy Deas, Vice President Sports Marketing, SunTrust Bank. "I am glad all of the SunTrust guests got to enjoy the great display of driving by Max and Wayne and the good show by the team under the diverse conditions. It's great we are in a position to challenge for the championship in only our first year of competition."

Additionally, SunTrust driver/car owner Wayne Taylor continues to trails the driving duo of Max Papis and Scott Pruett in the Driver's Championship by just three points.

The Grand American Rolex Sports Car finale will be held Oct. 29-31 at California Speedway in Fontana, California, where the championship will be decided in another nail-biting battle to the finish, no doubt.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Wayne Taylor , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Max Angelelli