SunTrust Team Continues to Lead Championship Heading Into The Glen for Round Nine Watkins Glen, New York (August 9, 2005) -- Coming off an exciting victory at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama less than two weeks ago, the No. 10 ...
SunTrust Team Continues to Lead Championship Heading Into The Glen for Round Nine
Watkins Glen, New York (August 9, 2005) -- Coming off an exciting victory at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama less than two weeks ago, the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli will be in the spotlight this week at the CompUSA 200 at The Glen race. Leading the championship by 17 points over the No. 01 CompUSA/Ganassi team of Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz, the SunTrust team is determined to keep their lead in the championship standings for the remaining six events of the 14-race 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season.
The ninth round of the series and second at the historic Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York, will feature a 200-mile/82-lap/2-hour time maximum race using the 2.54-mile short course. The Friday night race, August 12, will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET, as the Grand American teams share the circuit with the NASCAR Busch and Nextel Series earlier that day.
"I can see the race is going to be quite stressful for everyone," said the popular Italian, Max "The Ax" Angelelli. "It's a very short time and a very short track. >From our side, we hope everything will be running properly. It will be a big challenge for everybody with the traffic. You can't make any mistakes because there is no chance to recover."
"If there is a sprint race, this is it," said Bill Riley, SunTrust Racing team owner. "Watkins Glen is an extremely high-speed track on the short course with very quick lap times. You can't mess up in the pits. For the entire 200 miles, you have to be all out. The only strategy is dependent on the yellows -- if it is one stop or two. This is the most aggressive race we go to."
"I always look forward to Watkins Glen. It's one of my favorite tracks," said SunTrust team car owner/driver Wayne Taylor and 2004 Daytona Prototype championship runner-up. "It will be a very tight schedule and doesn't give us much time to set-up the car. But we feel we are going in with a good set-up. I'm looking forward to the race. I have mixed emotions about running with NASCAR though. We do get bigger crowds, but I prefer our race to be the main event, not a Friday night race."
After winning the first two races of the season, at Daytona and Miami, the SunTrust Pontiac Riley team collected its third victory at the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. The team has also posted second position at Fontana and the Daytona 250, fourth at Laguna Seca and sixth at Mont-Tremblant and the June Watkins Glen race. They lead the championship with 247 to 233 points.
"Where we are in the championship is an absolutely nice spot," added Angelelli, who lives in Monaco. "Last year we were running behind the 01 car. This year it looks like everybody is running behind us. That puts us in a better position to decide our strategy for ourselves."
"It is nice we got a bit of larger lead coming out of Barber with the championship," added Riley of the Indianapolis-based Riley Technologies. "But the way the championship is, it would be easy to lose the lead we have. We have to keep fighting and make sure we are in front of the No. 01 car for the rest of the year."
"Wayne, Max, Bill and the entire SunTrust team have performed brilliantly in the first half of the season," said John Mauney, Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing Services for SunTrust Bank. "The victory these guys pulled off at Barber, marching from the bottom half of the top 10 to first in the last 30 minutes was a masterpiece of driving skill and strategy. We certainly hope they win the championship. It is a fitting reward for this incredible team. Championship or not, SunTrust is very happy with the benefits of this racing program and with the Grand American series."
The CompUSA 200 at The Glen will be aired taped delay on the Speed Channel at 10:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12th.
SunTrust Banks, Inc., (NYSE: STI) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations.As ofJune 30, 2005, SunTrust had total assets of $169.0 billion and total deposits of $109.6 billion. The company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The Company 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.