Wayne Taylor Collects Pole in SunTrust Pontiac Riley for Brumos Porsche 250 Race at Daytona Daytona Beach, Florida (June 30, 2005) -- Wayne Taylor collected his first pole position since 1996 today in a 15-minute qualifying session that ...
Wayne Taylor Collects Pole in SunTrust Pontiac Riley for Brumos Porsche 250 Race at Daytona
Daytona Beach, Florida (June 30, 2005) -- Wayne Taylor collected his first pole position since 1996 today in a 15-minute qualifying session that was completed right before the Florida afternoon rains came down. His time of 1:45.425 with a speed of 121.565 in the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Mk.XI was the best of the session on his fourth and final lap.
"I'm just ecstatic! This championship is so hard and my teammate is so much faster than everybody and it's so hard for me to keep up to his pace," said an elated Taylor. "This will do a lot for my confidence. You know we changed the strategy only yesterday because we were going to have Max start and qualify. But we changed and I was pretty stressed by it. What a great team! And for SunTrust -- what a great retirement gift for George Koehn (retiring President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Florida). We're delighted with Pontiac and our Hoosier tires too."
This is the 48-year-old Taylor's first pole since 1996, when he competed in the IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) World Sports Car series race at Texas World Speedway. Then he was driving an Oldsmobile-powered Riley & Scott with teammate Jim Pace and went on to win the race. Taylor also won the World Sports Car championship that year.
In this morning's practice session, the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac was also at the top of the charts with teammate Max Angelelli's time of 1:45.359 at 121.641 mph.
The live Speed Channel broadcast of the Brumos Porsche 250 race will start at 8:00.m. ET tonight. The actual race start is 7:15 p.m. for two-and-three-quarter hours, 250 miles or 70 laps. The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is sharing the track with NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series today, rain prohibiting. Grand American cars run in the rain, but the NASCAR cars do not.