Watkins Glen: SunTrust Racing preview

SunTrust Team Looking for Elusive 6-Hour Win at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, New York (June 8, 2005) -- The SunTrust racing team duo of drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli are known for their "battle to the finish" drives in the 2005 Grand ...

SunTrust Team Looking for Elusive 6-Hour Win at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, New York (June 8, 2005) -- The SunTrust racing team duo of drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli are known for their "battle to the finish" drives in the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. This weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race is predicted to be a battle like no other. Car owner/driver and team leader Taylor has set his sights on a victory with a battle cry of "win or bust".

"This is the one big sports car race I haven't won," said the renowned endurance sports car racer Taylor. "We're going to win this as if nothing else exists. It's win or bust!"

The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley team has led the 2005 Daytona Prototype point championship since their victory in the first race of the season, the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It was Taylor's second victory at the twice-around-the-clock endurance, the first for teammates Angelelli and co-driver Emmanuel Collard. Taylor has also won in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. A first-place trophy from the Six Hours of The Glen is the only one lacking in Taylor's expansive trophy case.

Last year, the team started from the pole position and led nearly five of the six hours before acquiescing to second place. In addition to the pole, Angelelli also set the fastest lap of the race. It was one of eight fastest laps in twelve races last season for the popular Italian driver.

"I have huge pressure from my boss, Wayne Taylor. He really wants to win this race," stated Angelelli. "That is the only big race he has not won. He's won Daytona twice, Le Mans, Sebring, but never Watkins Glen. He told me 'you better do something to help me win this thing.' I have been preparing myself for this race...riding my bike, exercising, working out. He wants to win, so we will see what we can do. It's another six-hour race. We lost the last race, the six-hour race in Canada, due mechanical problems with only 10 minutes to go after leading for the majority of the five hours and 35 minutes. I don't want the same thing happening.

"Last year I enjoyed the race at Watkins Glen a lot. I was very comfortable. I like the layout of The Glen, like in Canada. It is fitting of my style of driving. I will be very happy to handle it the same way as last year -- only finishing in first instead of second."

The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley team leads the Grand American point championship with 155 points over the No. 01 CompUSA/Chip Ganassi team, with drivers Scott Pruett and Luiz Diaz, at 150 points. The SunTrust team won Daytona and Miami, finished second in Fontana, fourth at Laguna Seca and sixth at Mont-Tremblant.

Team owner Bill Riley added his thoughts to the strong desire to win this race. "It's kind of a joint desire. I haven't won this one as a team owner either. The race has been around for a long time and there's a lot of history. Hopefully this will be our chance to do it."

"The car -- after a six-hour race -- needs to be rebuilt and that's what we did after Mont-Tremblant," added Riley, who heads the Indianapolis-based Riley Motorsports, which oversees the Grand American program. "We learned some things in Canada. From that, we changed some systems so we won't have the same issue we had there."

"We're pleased with our partnership and thrilled by the results of Wayne, Max and the entire SunTrust race team this year," said Craig Kelly, chief marketing officer for SunTrust Banks, Inc. "Due to our corporate rebranding effort, including the new SunTrust logo and colors, we've recently tested a few livery designs with the race car in action as we've attempted to combine the successful old black-and-yellow design with our new look. We recognize that changing the design has given our team an extra challenge as they prepare for races, but it's been beneficial for us to be able to see the car on the track with different designs. And regardless of the livery design, we hope to continue to see the car up front."

The live Speed Channel broadcast of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race will start at 10:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, June12th for one hour. Part II of the broadcast will air from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations. As of March 31, 2005, SunTrust had total assets of $164.8 billion and total deposits of $107.5 billion. The company operates an extensive distribution network primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and 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.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Emmanuel Collard , Wayne Taylor , Max Angelelli , Chip Ganassi
Teams Riley Motorsports