SunTrust Racing Team Uses Tire Strategy in Qualifying for the California 400 Grand American Race Fontana, California (April 2, 2005) -- Saturday's qualifying session for the Ferrari Maserati-sponsored California 400 at California Speedway in ...
SunTrust Racing Team Uses Tire Strategy in Qualifying for the California 400 Grand American Race
Fontana, California (April 2, 2005) -- Saturday's qualifying session for the Ferrari Maserati-sponsored California 400 at California Speedway in Fontana featured the pole position going to the No. 01 CompUSA Lexus Riley of Luis Diaz and Scott Pruett, with Diaz posting the fast time of 1:33.356 at 108.745 mph.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series points leading No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.XI of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli qualifying eleventh with a time of 1:34.836 at a speed of 107.048. As is usual team strategy, Taylor qualified the car, because the qualifying driver must be the race starting driver. Tires made a big difference in today's qualifying, as the SunTrust Racing team concentrated on race plans over qualifying in a high position. Grand American rules dictate that each Daytona Prototype team only receives five sets of the Hoosier spec tires per race weekend for the two hour and forty-five minute races.
"Part of our plan all along, our strategy, was for the race. We ran used tires so we could save our sets of tires for the race," said team owner Bill Riley. "This is part of what this race series is all about. We are going to start the race from the eleventh position and yet, we were only one and one-half seconds off the pole time."
"There is nothing wrong with the car," said Floridian Wayne Taylor. "It was just grip with the used tires and man, were they worn! We will have three sets of tires for the race and it's unlikely any other team out there will have that many fresh sets to use for the race. The important result is not where we qualify; it's where we are at the end of the race."
"We planned for the race, as usual," said Max "The Ax" Angelelli. "It is mandatory to have good equipment for the race and part of that is making sure we have enough good sets of tires."
For more information or to follow the race live on the internet, go to www.grandamerican.com (click on the free Zippo live timing). Speed Channel will broadcast the 400-kilometer/89 lap/2 hour and forty-five minute race live, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.