Phoenix: SunTrust Racing preview

SunTrust Racing Seeks Success In "Valley of Sun" Phoenix, Ariz. (March 31, 2004) "We're ready to put some serious points up on the board at Phoenix." That's SunTrust Racing team leader Wayne Taylor's hope as his Grand...

SunTrust Racing Seeks Success In "Valley of Sun"

Phoenix, Ariz. (March 31, 2004) "We're ready to put some serious points up on the board at Phoenix." That's SunTrust Racing team leader Wayne Taylor's hope as his Grand American Road Racing Association Daytona Prototype team heads for Arizona's famed "Valley of the Sun" and Phoenix International Raceway. There, on April 10, Taylor and teammate Max Angelelli will be seeking their first podium finish of the new Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season.

According to Taylor, "Our last race at Homestead (Fla.) was frustrating because our SunTrust Pontiac- Riley was really dialed into the circuit, but we lost laps early on when one of the other prototypes shut the door on us and the collision sheared off a tire valve stem." Still, Taylor and Angelelli fought back from sixteenth position at Homestead to finish fifth overall.

At Homestead, Angelelli further showed the SunTrust Team's potential when he reeled in and passed the race leaders in a charge to unlap himself and set the fastest race lap overall in the process. That makes Angelelli two-for-two in Rolex Series Daytona Prototype race lap records this season.

Of course, its not just speed that counts; it's what you learn and apply from race to race. Preparing for Phoenix, SunTrust Racing completed an extensive test session at the Putnam Park circuit near Indianapolis earlier this month. The team worked on drivability and power and learned a great deal in the three-day test. Taylor and Angelelli want to trade those lessons in for points at Phoenix.

SunTrust Racing is a new team campaigning for the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Championship. They are fifth in team championship points going into the Rolex Series round three at Phoenix. The team competes in a Pontiac-Riley Mk.11 with the backing of SunTrust Bank.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., (NYSE: STI) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest and strongest financial holding companies. With $125.4 billion in assets and total deposits of $81.2 billion as of December 31, 2003, SunTrust's 1,200 retail branches and 2,229 ATMs are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

-www.suntrustracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli