Daytona Test: SunTrust Racing preview

SunTrust Racing Arrives at Daytona with New Car For Test Days and 2005 Season Daytona, Florida (January 7, 2005) - The 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series has kicked off at the Daytona International Speedway for the upcoming Rolex 24 at...

SunTrust Racing Arrives at Daytona with New Car For Test Days and 2005 Season

Daytona, Florida (January 7, 2005) - The 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series has kicked off at the Daytona International Speedway for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona. This weekend many teams arrived at the renowned circuit to test for the twice-around-the-clock endurance sports car race. For the No. 10 SunTrust Racing team, it is the first extensive test of their new Riley chassis and redesigned race car.

"After the series last year, we did not like that we finished second," said Bill Riley, SunTrust Racing team owner and Riley chassis designer. "So, we worked hard, did a test in Arizona, went to the wind tunnel, and we are going to the wind tunnel again before the race. We kept refining small parts with the foresight that they will add up to big gains. The bodywork is lighter and we have a new Pontiac nose for styling with a revised grille and headlights. These are more of a visual change, not really for performance. We have also done a lot of other things like made new glass windshields for the fog, which we could have really used last year at Daytona, Barber and Watkins Glen," added Riley.

"It is always nice to start a season with a new car, although debuting a new car at the 24 Hours is always tough," said SunTrust Racing car owner/driver Wayne Taylor. "We learned so much last year, we were able to add those things into the new car."

"We are very excited to continue our SunTrust Racing program with Bill Riley, Wayne Taylor and the other drivers and the people at Grand Am," said John Mauney, Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing Services for SunTrust Bank. "We experienced great success in our first year and hope to perpetuate that success in the new season with the new car and with our same talented driver line-up."

The SunTrust Racing driver pairing will remain the same for 2005 as it was in last year's inaugural season with Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli handling the driving for all the races and Emmanuel Collard serving as the third driver at the endurance events.

Taylor, a former 24 Hours of Daytona winner in 1996, came in second place in last year's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Driver's Championship. Angelelli finished fourth in the Driver's point standings and held the record for eight fastest laps in 12 races during last season. The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team was second in the Grand American Team Championship standings.

The new 2005 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.11 just completed its first shakedown at the Roebling Road circuit in Savannah on Wednesday, January 5th.

"Previous to the shakedown, we ran the car on the chassis dyno on New Year's Eve to make improvements to refine the mapping and shifting to optimize everything we had modified," said Riley. "We feel we have arrived at the test at Daytona ready to really hit it hard."

"The shakedown was good. We mostly just ran the car around the track to make sure it was road ready. We didn't really do any high speeds. We will save that for Daytona this weekend," said Wayne Taylor, who was the driver for the shakedown. "I was really happy with the car. The team did a beautiful job of putting it together. Their attention to detail really makes a difference. We did a systems check and everything is working well."

The SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.11 is one of 30 Daytona Prototype class cars scheduled to test at this weekend's Daytona Test Days in preparation for the 43rd annual running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The race dates are February 3-6, 2005 at the renovated Daytona International Speedway, with an expected field of 60-70 Grand American cars.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations. The company operates an extensive distribution network primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia and 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. SunTrust's Internet address is www.suntrust.com.

-www.suntrustracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli