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2014 After Watkins Glen
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 31
1 Christian Fittipaldi 31
2 Brian Frisselle 26
2 Burt Frisselle 26
3 Sage Karam 26
4 Max Angelelli 25
4 Jordan Taylor 25
4 Ricky Taylor 25
5 Scott Pruett 24
5 Memo Rojas 24
6 Sebastien Bourdais 23
7 Michael Valiante 22
7 Richard Westbrook 22
8 Scott Dixon 22
8 Tony Kanaan 22
9 Ryan Dalziel 21
9 Scott Sharp 21
10 Johannes van Overbeek 21
10 Ed Brown 21
11 Marino Franchitti 20
12 Alex Brundle 20
12 Gustavo Yacaman 20
13 Eric Curran 18
13 Boris Said 18
14 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 18
14 John Pew 18
15 Joel Miller 18
15 Tristan Vautier 18
16 Gabby Chaves 18
16 Katherine Legge 18
17 David Brabham 17
18 Simon Pagenaud 17
19 Wayne Taylor 15
20 Fabien Giroix 14
20 John Martin 14

1 Chevrolet 38
2 Ford 34
3 Nissan 28
4 Honda 26
5 Mazda 18
SunTrust Racing Wins Memorial Classic

Max and Ricky take a big win
Monday, May 31, 2010


Max Angelelli
Veteran Max Angelelli helped Ricky Taylor score his first GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory in Monday's Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. The event also saw Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have their hopes of winning a record fourth consecutive race dashed in the first turn of the first lap.

Rojas and Pruett finished last in the 26-car field and earned minimum points, allowing second-place finisher Ryan Dalziel to close to within seven points (155-148), after Dalziel entered the event 21 points behind.

Pruett and Rojas had scored three consecutive victories after opening the season by finishing second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. They were also looking to give owner Chip Ganassi a strong finish to a weekend that saw his cars win the Indianapolis 500 and finish second in the Coca-Cola 600.

A large crowd watched the first appearance of the Daytona Prototypes at the demanding 1.5-mile circuit under sunny skies, while the 90-degree temperatures took their toll on the drivers.

In GT, rookies Adam Christodoulou and John Edwards teamed to score their first victory in the No. 68 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8.

Taylor qualified second in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara owned by his father - veteran Wayne Taylor. He took the lead from pole winner Nic Jonsson on Lap 21 and held it throughout his opening shift. Angelelli fell to ninth on lap 99 when he made a fuel stop under the green flag, but passed Rolex 24 winner Joao Barbosa on Lap 126 and led the remainder of the race. Taylor and Angelelli completed 174 laps - leading 95 of them - and averaged 94.451 mph.

"The heat really affected me today, and I was struggling at the end," said Angelelli, who scored his 15th victory - all with SunTrust Racing. "It was a physical race, and Ricky did a fantastic job. I'm happy to help him win his first race, and now we're ready to fight for the championship."

Rojas, driving the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley, went to the outside of traditional championship rival Jon Fogarty in the sweeping left-hand first turn at the tight 1.5-mile circuit. Rojas ran out of room and went into the dirt, tearing off the front splitter and damaging the front end. Fogarty, co-driving with Alex Gurney in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Riley, served a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact. The defending Daytona Prototype champions went on to finish sixth.

Dalziel, who won the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona driving for Action Express Racing, scored his best finish with Starworks Motorsport, joining Mike Forest in the No. 8 BMW Riley. The margin of victory was 4.791 seconds.

Michael Valiante and Brian Frisselle earned their first podium finish of the season, placing third in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing/CAP & Associates Ford Riley.

Barbosa finished fourth after leading eight laps in the No. 9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley started by Terry Borcheller, their first podium finish since their Rolex 24 victory.

Several teams had strong runs end in disappointment. Nic Jonsson won his first Rolex Series pole in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Riley co-driven by Tracy Krohn. He led the opening 20 circuits before being caught in GT traffic - a move that allowed Taylor to slip by. The team fell off the lead lap on a green flag pit stop and finished ninth.

Antonio Garcia and Buddy Rice ran up front in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote. Garcia led 30 laps before turning the car over to Rice, who had contact on a restart that cut a tire, resulting in a green-flag pit stop and an eighth-place finish.

Jordan Taylor - younger brother of the overall winner - won his second consecutive pole in GT qualifying, and led the opening five laps in the No. 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8. He was involved in a tight battle with Andy Lally in the No. 07 Banner Racing Corvette and Christodoulou in the No. 68 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 during the early stages of the race, with the lead changing hands five times in the opening 45 laps.

Both Taylor and Lally lost laps due to pitting under the green moments before caution periods. Christodoulou led three times for 34 laps before turning the car over to Edwards, who led the final 87 circuits.

"I think the last 10 minutes of the race were the longest 10 minutes of my life," Edwards said. "I had pressure from behind, so I was just trying to stay ahead and not making any mistakes. This was our very first test day with this new car that the team built over the last month - I think that's all you need to say about SpeedSource and Mazda."

James Gue and Leh Keen finished second, 3.112 seconds back, giving the No. 41 Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle Mazda RX-8 its second podium finish. GT point leaders Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal finished third in the No. 69 SpeedSource/FXDD Mazda RX-8, giving them their fourth consecutive podium finish and extending their lead to five points over teammates Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito, who finished fourth in the No. 70 SpeedSource/Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 (148-143).

It marked the fourth victory in five races for SpeedSource entries, which has placed all three of its cars at the top of the podium this season.

"Every one of the SpeedSource cars has won a race this year, and that speeds volumes for the effort we put in at the shop," said team owner Tremblay. "The No. 68 was a brand-new car - today was the first time it's been on the track - and it's a credit to the Mazda ladder program to give us two young drivers with this kind of talent."

The Rolex Series teams have only a few days to prepare for the second-longest event on the schedule, Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Opening practice at Watkins Glen International begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday, with the race taking the green flag at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Race Results

Pos No. Class Pic Drivers Team/Car Laps B.Lap
1 10 DP 1 Angelelli / Taylor SunTrust Racing / Ford Dallara 174 49.445
2 8 DP 2 Dalziel / Forest Starworks Motorsport / BMW Riley 174 49.953
3 6 DP 3 Frisselle / Valiante Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 174 49.856
4 9 DP 4 Barbosa / Borcheller / France Action Express Racing / Porsche Riley 174 50.580
5 61 DP 5 Frisselle / Wilkins AIM Autosport / Ford Riley 174 50.139
6 99 DP 6 Fogarty / Gurney GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing / Chevrolet Riley 174 50.174
7 60 DP 7 Negri / Pew Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 174 49.504
8 90 DP 8 Garcia / Rice Spirit of Daytona Racing / Porsche Coyote 172 50.073
9 75 DP 9 Jonsson / Krohn Krohn Racing / Ford Lola 172 49.755
10 68 GT 1 Christodoulou / Edwards SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 167 53.748
11 41 GT 2 Gue / Keen Dempsey Racing / Mazda RX-8 167 54.117
12 69 GT 3 Assentato / Segal SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 167 53.957
13 70 GT 4 Bomarito / Tremblay SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 167 54.104
14 07 GT 5 Edwards / Lally Banner Racing / Corvette 167 54.116
15 97 GT 6 Bremer / Schaldach Stevenson Motorsports / Camaro GT.R 165 54.461
16 44 GT 7 Potter / Stanton Magnus Racing / Porsche GT3 165 54.270
17 94 GT 8 Auberlen / Dalla Lana / Hand Turner Motorsport / BMW M6 164 54.064
18 59 DP 10 Donohue / Law Brumos Racing / Porsche Riley 163 50.077
19 40 GT 9 Espenlaub / Foster Dempsey Racing / Mazda RX-8 163 53.980
20 31 GT 10 Curran / Davis Marsh Racing / Corvette 159 54.258
21 30 GT 11 Lamb / Taylor Racers Edge Motorsports / Mazda RX-8 155 53.536
22 77 DP 11 Gidley / von Moltke Doran Racing / Ford Dallara 145 49.535
23 7 DP 12 Andersen / Lester Starworks Motorsport / BMW Riley 142 50.431
24 57 GT 12 Davis / Liddell Stevenson Motorsports / Camaro GT.R 99 54.391
25 28 GT 13 Collins / Gigliotti / Lux LG Motorsports / Corvette 62 55.020
26 01 DP 13 Pruett / Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates / BMW Riley 13 58.693

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