Drama the Word of the Day for SunTrust Racing Angelelli will start from front row of Les 6 Heures du Mt. Tremblant Mt. Tremblant, Que., Canada ( May 22, 2004) - SunTrust Racing's Pontiac Riley Mk.11 will start the Six Hours of Mt. Tremblant...
Drama the Word of the Day for SunTrust Racing
Angelelli will start from front row of Les 6 Heures du Mt. Tremblant
Mt. Tremblant, Que., Canada ( May 22, 2004) - SunTrust Racing's Pontiac Riley Mk.11 will start the Six Hours of Mt. Tremblant from the outside of row one on Sunday when the race gets underway tomorrow. Max Angelelli completed his best lap of the 2.65 mile road circuit in one minute, 28.727 seconds just 0.15 seconds behind pole-winner Scott Pruett in the CompUSA- Ganassi Riley Mk. 11.
Drama arose for the SunTrust team from a freak occurrence in the previous practice session. Angelelli lost all oil pressure and parked the car when tire debris from the circuit wedged the oil pump belt off its drive. That meant the SunTrust team had to change engines, but had just over 2 and half hours to make it happen. Normally that's just how long it would take to switch Pontiac racing engines.
The SunTrust team turned the trick in just a little over two hours making it to the start of qualifying just in time. Then, Angelelli was forced to abort his first qualifying lap when he saw smoke from the rear of the car. It was merely oil in the overflow tank but it took time to clean up. With less than half the session remaining, Angelelli set out after Scott Pruett who occupied "position 1". With less than three minutes remaining, Angelelli scored his quickest lap - good enough for a berth on starting row, but not enough for the pole.
Team leader Wayne Taylor heard the news by cell phone on his way to the airport after spending the last two days in Orlando, FL with his family celebrating his youngest son's Bar Mitzvah.
SunTrust Racing Driver Quotes:
"I have to apologize to the team because maybe I could have had the pole today. I just didn't realize how little time I had left. I thought I would rest the tires a lap and go for a clear lap but it was too late. At that point I had maybe only two laps left and then I ran into a slower car. Even so, the car is very good and I have to praise SunTrust boys for a fantastic job to change engines so close to qualifying."