Daytona II: SunTrust Racing preview

Can SunTrust Pontiac-Riley Team Keep Speed Streaks Alive At Daytona? Daytona Beach, Fla. (June 27, 2004) In terms of sheer speed, SunTrust Racing "owns" Fridaysand race days of the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event weekends this...

Can SunTrust Pontiac-Riley Team Keep Speed Streaks Alive At Daytona?

Daytona Beach, Fla. (June 27, 2004) In terms of sheer speed, SunTrust Racing "owns" Fridaysand race days of the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event weekends this season. As the schedule approaches its half-way mark this week, Angelelli and his SunTrust Pontiac-Riley Mk.11 own all five official race lap records to date. In addition, the sleek black and gold No.10 SunTrust machine has been fastest in the last four consecutive Friday practice days held before the weekend races.

The team has notched one win and one pole position so far. SunTrust Racing teammates Taylor and Angelelli are tied for third in driver championship points as they head into this week's Daytona International Speedway contest. To be sure, rather than bragging rights about race lap records they want the points a win will bring. Still, Angelelli takes some comfort in his official speed records. "For me racing is pushing as fast as you can," he says. "I am an aggressive driver who is never satisfied, so I push, push and push all the time. Fortunately, the SunTrust Pontiac-Riley is so good, I have been able to capture all the lap records, if not all the points we would like."

Since the Paul Revere 250 is on the same card as the Daytona Nextel Cup week, the first day of Rolex Series practice will be Wednesday, June 30 not Friday. Even so, with the race starting at 11 pm Thursday night and running into the wee hours of Friday morning, the team could conceivably extend both "streaks" if either Angelelli or Taylor notches a race lap record after midnight.

- www.suntrustracing.com

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