Homestead: SunTrust Racing race report

SunTrust Racing Wins Again at the Grand Prix of Miami Miami, Florida (March 5, 2005) -The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team made it one-two for the season with another victory this weekend in the Grand Prix of Miami race at the Homestead-Miami ...

SunTrust Racing Wins Again at the Grand Prix of Miami

Miami, Florida (March 5, 2005) -The No. 10 SunTrust Racing team made it one-two for the season with another victory this weekend in the Grand Prix of Miami race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team's second win of the season extends their points lead by six points in the 14-race 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship.

Wayne Taylor started the SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley Mk.11 from the tenth position after rain delayed and shortened qualifying Friday, only allowing him one flying lap before the session was ended. The starting position obviously had no influence on the final outcome of the race, as Taylor worked his way up through the field to the fifth position before turning over the driving duties to his Italian co-driver, Max Angelelli on lap 21. Max "The Axe" proved once again why he earned his nickname, as he sliced through the field during his nearly two-hour stint. Angelelli took the SunTrust Pontiac Riley racer from the 11th position, after the pit stop, to leading the race in a mere 21 laps. He held the race lead from lap 43 until the finish, despite a hearty late-race charge by Butch Leitzinger in the No. 4 Pontiac Crawford after the final caution ended on lap 94.

"I am extremely happy, especially to win in front of all my friends from Orlando," said a jubilant Max Angelelli. "We never expected to win. Last year we tried hard to win at this track and it didn't happen. It was really difficult in practice this week. We thought if we finished in the top three, we should be happy. Winning the race is big. It's very good for the season."

"There's a lot of luck in this business and we came from a strong year last year," said SunTrust Racing car owner/driver Wayne Taylor. "I think the team worked hard in the off season and made some improvements and really prepared everything. We had all the right ingredients, but there is definitely luck involved."

"It's great to win at this track. Going into this, I wanted to win at a racetrack we haven't won at and this is it," said Bill Riley, SunTrust Racing team owner. "Max and Wayne did a great job and the Hoosier tires were good. The crew just did an awesome job. We had no issues. The pit stops were great, so we'll march on to Fontana, another track we haven't won at yet."

"I think it's remarkable the way qualifying worked out and the team came back from the tenth starting position to capture the race," said John Mauney, Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing Services for SunTrust Bank. "Wayne, Max, Bill Riley and the team did a great job and we appreciate the hard work they all put into the success of this team."

Today's Grand Prix of Miami race was the second-closest finish in the history of the Grand American series with a 1.198 margin of victory. Last year's SunTrust VIR 400 race featured the closest finish of .87 seconds, which was also won by the No. 10 SunTrust Racing team. This was only the second time in Rolex racing history that the same team has won the first two races.

"I knew without traffic I was faster (than the No. 4 car)," added Angelelli. "I didn't want to push too much because I wanted just to have something in my pocket for the end of the race in case of a yellow. And in fact we had a yellow at the end. Lucky for me, inside my pocket I had something and I used it."

-suntrustracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli