SunTrust Team Qualifies on the Third Row for the Grand American Finale in Mexico City Mexico City, Mexico (November 4, 2005) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship leading team, the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley of Wayne...
SunTrust Team Qualifies on the Third Row for the Grand American Finale in Mexico City
Mexico City, Mexico (November 4, 2005) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship leading team, the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli, faired well in their first efforts on the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. After topping the first two practice sessions on Friday, the team qualified on the third row, in the sixth position.
"I'm happy with the car and the team," said SunTrust car owner/driver Wayne Taylor. "I'm upset with myself because I didn't time the laps very well. I kept getting caught in traffic just when I was on a fast lap. But there's no excuse. I thought the car was really good and I thought we had a definite second row car, maybe even front row car."
"With neither driver having been here before and the limited track time we had, I'm pretty happy with qualifying sixth," said Bill Riley, team director and owner of Riley Technologies. "We have a real good race car. We hit traffic on our fast lap or I think we would have been up the grid quite a bit. From the practice times earlier that Max ran, I think we're real solid to run up front at this race."
Mike McDowell, driver of the No. 19 Findlay Motorsports BMW Riley, took the pole today with a time of 1:44.964 at 95.553 mph, his first of the season and the tenth different Daytona Prototype pole winner this year.
"It's really good for the series to see somebody like McDowell on the pole. I've always said that McDowell is somebody to watch," added Taylor who was born in South Africa.
The SunTrust team can clinch the Daytona Prototype team championship at on Saturday by simply taking a single green flag lap. They came to Mexico City with a significant 32-point lead over the No. 01 TELMEX/CompUSA/Ganassi racing duo of Luis Diaz and Scott Pruett, 407-375.
Friday Practice Session #1: The SunTrust team topped the early morning session with a time of 1:46.204 at 94.437 mph. Although it was Max "The Ax" Angelelli's first time to turn a wheel at the circuit, he promptly clocked the fastest time.
Friday Practice Session #2: Angelelli again was the fastest Daytona Prototype driver in the afternoon practice session with a time of 1:45.230 at 95.311 mph.
The Speed Channel will broadcast the Mexico City Grand American race live on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET. The race is a 250-mile/90-lap/two and three-quarter hour format.