SunTrust Racing Team Starts Strong But Suffers Mechanical Set Back Lexington, Ohio (August 7, 2004) - Following an excellent start and a brief lead of the EMCO Gears Road Racing Classic Grand American race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Circuit ...
SunTrust Racing Team Starts Strong But Suffers Mechanical Set Back
Lexington, Ohio (August 7, 2004) - Following an excellent start and a brief lead of the EMCO Gears Road Racing Classic Grand American race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Circuit Saturday, the SunTrust Racing team went home with an eighth place finish.
After starting the race from the second position, Wayne Taylor hunted down polesitter Max Papis to take the race lead on Lap 34 for three laps. A caution came out on Lap 37, allowing the SunTrust Racing team to make a pit stop for tires, fuel and driver change. Taylor turned over the driving duties to Emmanuel Collard. At the restart on Lap 43, Collard realized the car had problems.
"I could manage a pace in the corners once we went green, but everyone overtook me on the straightaways," said Collard. "Although the team tried to identify the problem when they called me in the pits under other cautions times throughout the rest of the race, there was no real big improvement. We just had to manage and do the best we could until the end."
"We don't really know what caused the problem yet," said SunTrust Racing team owner, Bill Riley. "It is something simple...maybe an injector, harness or mechanical problem. We'll just have to get into it and fix it. We'll change the engine for Watkins Glen and be ready to go."
"I'm quite disappointed," added Wayne Taylor. "I feel very bad for Manu (Emmanuel Collard). He's done three races with us and has been so unlucky. From here we're going to focus on winning as many races as we can, so we can race for points for the championship. We proved at the start, once again, that we had the car to win today. It's a disappointment for the entire SunTrust Racing. We'll have to come back strong at Watkins Glen next week."
Race winners Max Papis and Scott Pruett continue to lead the Grand American Daytona Prototype championship with 218 points. Second-place finisher Andy Wallace moved into third with 196 points. Wayne Taylor is now in fourth in the championship, just one point down, at 195.
The series goes to the historic Watkins Glen International next week for its seventh round of 12 races. It is a double-header weekend with NASCAR, with the Grand-American series competing under the lights on Friday night.