Watkins Glen II: SunTrust Racing race report

SunTrust Racing Makes Another Podium Finish at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, NY (August 13, 2004) - On Friday, the 13th of August in Watkins Glen, New York, the Grand American Sports Car Series was not racing as usual. Rain showers, a multi-car ...

SunTrust Racing Makes Another Podium Finish at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY (August 13, 2004) - On Friday, the 13th of August in Watkins Glen, New York, the Grand American Sports Car Series was not racing as usual. Rain showers, a multi-car incident, three cautions, six driver changes and a new Daytona Prototype team winner were all elements of the exciting race.

The SunTrust Racing team of Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli were a big part of the story. The No. 10 Pontiac Riley Mk.11 led the most laps, dominating 32 of 72 laps. Taylor started the car from the second position after the grid was set Thursday by Grand American point standings due to rain cancellation. Following an early caution, Taylor and Oliver Gavin, in the No. 54 Kodak-Bell Pontiac, had side-to-side contact with Gavin bumping Taylor out for the second position. Within a couple of laps, Taylor put a clean move on Gavin to retake second place. He continued his chase to the top and passed leader Max Papis, in the No. 01 CompUSA Lexus, in Turn One on Lap 14. The SunTrust Racing car owner/driver held on to the lead until Lap 33 when the rain clouds opened and flooded the track with a downpour, sending everyone diving into the pits for rain tires. Taylor then turned over the driving chores to co-driver Max Angelelli.

On Lap 34, a full course caution came out following a multi-car pile-up, which occurred in the final turn of the 2.45-mile, 11-turn circuit. On the restart, the SunTrust Racing team stayed at the top of the charts. Angelelli lead laps 55-66 before turning over the top spot to the eventual winner, the No. 27 Doran Lista of Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen. Several cars pitted in the final laps for slick tires and as the track dried, the slicks assisted their lap times, including that of the new race leader. The SunTrust team finished third overall, just 20 seconds down from first place.

"My stint was relatively easy. It didn't take a big effort to get into the lead and maintain it," said Wayne Taylor. "We are always able to prepare our car for these races very well. There was an incident with Oliver Gavin that was uncalled for, but I won't talk about that anymore. It was great to have the lead for so long. I haven't ever won at Watkins Glen yet and it's one of my favorite tracks. I don't know what I have to do to win here. I want to thank the Riley team and SunTrust. It was good to be on the podium again."

"It was a shame that we didn't win," said Max Angelelli. This happened the last two times we raced at Watkins Glen that we were leading the race but didn't win. It's painful. We tried to stay out on rain tires, but just missed it by just a couple of laps. We just can't race here in the rain with no lights around the track. It's impossible to see."

In Grand American Daytona Prototype team point standings, SunTrust Racing has 225 points, 19 points behind the leading No. 01 CompUSA Lexus of Max Papis and Scott Pruett with 244. Andy Wallace was bumped down a place with 219 points.

The next Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race will be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway on September 10-12.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., (NYSE: STI) headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest and strongest financial holding companies. With $128.1 billion in assets and total deposits of $85.5 billion as of June 30, 2004, SunTrust's 1,215 retail branches and 2,235 ATMs are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

-www.suntrustracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Wayne Taylor , Oliver Gavin , Max Angelelli