Mexico City, Mexico (March 3, 2006) -- Qualifying for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was a little surprising for the 2005 Daytona Prototype championship team, the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. After...
Mexico City, Mexico (March 3, 2006) -- Qualifying for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was a little surprising for the 2005 Daytona Prototype championship team, the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. After three practice sessions with times in the top ten, SunTrust car owner/driver Wayne Taylor qualified the car in the 12th position, on the sixth row, for tomorrow's race start.
"I'm really, really disappointed," said Wayne Taylor, a native of South African now living in central Florida. "I really thought we had a car to start in sixth position or so. We're starting further back than we had hoped, but we're going to take a look at the data. I'm not sure if it was tires or what, but we'll take a look at it and see where we can improve for tomorrow."
"We had a good car in practice, but it went away from us," said Bill Riley, owner of Riley Technologies who spearheads the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley effort. "We'll make some changes after reading all the data and get on top of it for the race."
Grand American competition has continued to become even more competitive and today's qualifying was proof as the top 15 cars were within two seconds of one another. The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley of qualifying driver Taylor, had a time of 1:23.941 (107.218 mph), achieved on his third lap. Scott Pruett collected the pole with a time of 1:22.732 at 108.785 mph. Pruett and local Mexican favorite, Luiz Diaz, drive the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley and this was the team's 16th Grand American pole position. Twenty-two-year-old Brian Frisselle will start next to Pruett on the front row in the No. 8 Synergy Porsche Doran, after setting a qualifying time of 1:23.139 at 108.252 mph.
The SunTrust Pontiac Riley team, the winningest team in Grand American Daytona Prototype history, is looking for tomorrow's race to help lift them in the 2006 championship points chase. After collecting only two points at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, after suffering an on-track collision with a GT car shortly into the fourth hour, the SunTrust team is optimistic that Round Two will advance them up the charts.
In 2005, the SunTrust team began their remarkable five-win championship season with an impressive victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona before going on to win the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Team and Driver's Championships following their second-place finish at the Mexico City finale. Ten podium finishes in 14 races, three poles and seven fastest laps elevated them to the top of the charts.