Watkins Glen: Pontiac Saturday report

Pontiac In Front For Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley driver Max Angelelli qualifies first for tomorrow's six-hour road race WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Pontiac will start Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen in the pole...

Pontiac In Front For Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen
No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley driver Max Angelelli qualifies first for tomorrow's six-hour road race

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Pontiac will start Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen in the pole position with its #10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. Drivers Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor will take turns behind the wheel during what promises to be a heated-and hot-six-hour endurance race. Angelelli, fastest out of the practice sessions as well, won the best spot on the starting grid with a time of 1:45.687.

"That was pretty fast, of course," said Angelelli. "I was just struggling at the beginning with the new tires. We were softening the new tires a little bit and trying to get them more used. We got the car performing really well with those tires and we worked all through the weekend to have a very good car for the race, so this is how I got the pole position from the last lap-good car and used tires."

Angelelli and Taylor lead the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' Daytona Prototype class with 155 points and are big part of Pontiac's top position in the contest for the manufacturers championship. Recently at Mont-Tremblant, the Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac team finished first with Andy Wallace, Jan Lammers and Milka Duno co-driving for what was an exciting six-hour race.

The threat of rain tomorrow makes drivers apprehensive but teams and fans alike may welcome the relief rain could bring from the continued hot weather here in upstate New York. Angelelli, although competent in the rain, hopes the track can stay dry so as to provide maximum grip on the tarmac.

"We are just concerned about the heat in the car," said Angelelli. "I like the rain. It will be cooler (if it rains) but at the same time those cars on this track in the rain will make it easier to put it into the wall so I prefer a dry race actually. It will be too hard-two hours in the car-I don't think I can make it, so we will probably change every hour."

Tomorrow's race will be televised live on SPEED TV in two parts, the first starting at 10:00 a.m. and going to 11:00 a.m. and then from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Following the race will be an exclusive road test of the new 400-hp Pontiac GTO and 303-hp Grand Prix GXP. The cars will pit race-proven Pontiac V-8 power against the world's best-known names.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Milka Duno , Jan Lammers , Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli