SunTrust Team Relying on Experience and Skill for Mont-Tremblant 6 Hour Race Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (May 18, 2005) -- The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli will have to battle hard to maintain their ...
SunTrust Team Relying on Experience and Skill for Mont-Tremblant 6 Hour Race
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (May 18, 2005) -- The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli will have to battle hard to maintain their Daytona Prototype points lead this week at the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant. The Bill Riley-led team will rely on its experience and the endurance driving skills of the Taylor/Angelelli duo to survive the six hours of race competition.
After winning this year's prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona in February, all eyes will be on the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley, to see if they will continue to dominate the endurance races this season. The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant is the second endurance race of the season and the first six hour race.
"I'm looking forward to this competition," said SunTrust Racing car owner/driver Wayne Taylor and 2004 Daytona Prototype championship runner-up. "It's a great venue and the first of two six-hour races. Last year it was our toughest race. We're looking forward to trying to be on the podium with this one."
"For the six hours, our approach will be different in that we won't have to rush to catch up a position like in the sprint races," said hotshoe Italian driver Max Angelelli. "I hope everyone will keep in mind it is six hours and drive like it is six hours. It will make our race easier and safer for everyone. On our side, we know we will have a good car -- we proved it in the first four races, although Laguna did not show so much. I believe we will be the one to beat. My target is still the same -- to win the race."
After winning the first two races of the season, at Daytona and Miami, the SunTrust Pontiac Riley team finished second at Fontana and fourth at Laguna Seca. Laguna's race had numerous accidents, due to a large field and hard driving, and the SunTrust team experienced three on-course incidents that caused damage to the car. The team has worked hard over the past two weeks repairing and preparing the car for this weekend's endurance race.
"I think we treat the six hour like a sprint race, as far as the car prep and the engine we run," said Bill Riley, SunTrust Racing team owner. "When we prepare, it is for when it's down to Max versus whomever to the finish. But, we take some risks in setting it up for sprint only.
"The circuit and area in Quebec is great. Last year it was one of our worse races of the year, however we did qualify second and had the fastest race lap," added Riley.
"We're very proud of the results of the team this year, especially with the increased level of competition," said John Mauney, Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing Services for SunTrust Bank. "The endurance races are when we can really count on the experience and preparedness of this team. "
The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will start at 11:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 21st. The six-hour race will be aired live on the Speed Channel.
SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations. As of March 31, 2005, SunTrust had total assets of $164.8 billion and total deposits of $107.5 billion. The company operates an extensive distribution network primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and capital markets services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com.