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SunTrust Racing Takes Corvette to Victory Lane

In New Jersey
Sunday, May 13, 2012

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Winning SunTrust Corvette DP

If there were any questions about rain-shortened victories by No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP co-drivers Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor and No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 teammates Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato last time out at Homestead-Miami Speedway two weeks ago, the drivers and teams left no doubt on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Max Angelelli and his SunTrust Racing team are no longer the bridesmaids when it comes to racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville. The veteran Italian and his 22-year-old co-driver Ricky Taylor dominated Sunday’s Global Barter 250 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race and brought home the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette Dallara DP of Wayne Taylor Racing’s second consecutive victory and the team’s first in five tries at the 2.25-mile, 14-turn road course about an hour south of Philadelphia.

SunTrust’s 20th Rolex Series win since joining the series in 2004 was a welcome result considering the team had recorded finishes of second, second, third and second in its first four visits to Millville, oftentimes racing like the class of the Rolex Series field but never quite being able to grasp the first-place trophy in the end. It was also a welcome result because it elevated the SunTrust team to second place in the Rolex Series championship, just four points behind the front-running No. 8 Starworks Motorsport duo of Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio, whose second-place finish today, 4.998 seconds behind the SunTrust Corvette DP, was their best since a runner-up result at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. The SunTrust team, of course, had a disastrous Rolex 24, followed by a solid but less-than-satisfying top-five at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., in round two that set the team back deep in the points chase.

But Angelelli and Taylor’s back-to-back victories at Homestead-Miami Speedway two weeks ago and today at New Jersey almost make the disappointment at Daytona and Barber a non-issue with nine races left in the season.

And it was Angelelli who put the capper on today’s victory in typical Angelelli fashion, driving the final two fuel-and-tire stints after the polesitting Taylor kept the SunTrust car in front for all but two laps of his opening 40-lap stint. Angelelli was behind the wheel for 53 of the team’s race-high 91 laps led, and he put on a driving clinic over the final 34 minutes of today’s two-hour, 45-minute race after the final round of pit stops saw him rejoin the race in third behind the No. 8 Starworks Ford of Dalziel, and the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford of Oz Negri, neither of whom pitted. The veteran Italian first got Negri on the lap-90 restart for second place, then bided his time behind Dalziel before grabbing the lead for good on lap 105 with some 12 minutes remaining. Once Angelelli got by Dalziel, he was able to open a comfortable lead, and he methodically brought the SunTrust Corvette DP to the checkered flag.

“It was a very tough race, especially my middle stint,” Angelelli said. “My first set of tires was a combination of tires we qualified on and a new set, so the car was really difficult. It was very difficult to hold off the 01 (Scott Pruett) and 99 (Alex Gurney), because they were much faster than me. But my final stint, I could use a brand new set of tires. The car was really good. Really, really good. But not fast enough in top speed, obviously. The Ford engine is a lot faster than us at top speed, so you have to take sort of risks to overtake them. I was able to make my passes, and the rest is history.”

Shortly after taking over the SunTrust Corvette DP from Taylor just short of the one-hour mark, Angelelli inherited the lead when Memo Rojas pitted to turn the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley over to Pruett. Angelelli was dogged for the entire middle portion of the race as Pruett, and Gurney in the No. 99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, raced him nose-to-tail while also swapping second place a number of times. With 50 minutes remaining in the race, Pruett, running third at the time, rear-ended Gurney and both the Nos. 01 and 99 cars ventured off track. Gurney’s Corvette DP and Pruett’s BMW were too damaged to continue, relegating them to finishes of ninth and 10th, respectively.

“Yes, it was a really tough race,” said Taylor, whose first pole qualifying effort of the season on Saturday was the ninth of his career and the 20th all-time for SunTrust Racing. “I think track position was really important. You could see when Max was ahead of the 99 and 01 he was really driving hard to stay in front of them, and I think that’s what kind of led to them getting impatient and taking each other out. Traffic was really tough today because our tires were dropping off so quickly and it was so hard to get around GT cars. You really had to be very aggressive. Max just did a really good job. I lost the lead at one point and the SunTrust team put us right back in the lead, so it was really good day.”

DP points co-leaders Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio retained their position atop the standings with a second-place run in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley. They now lead Taylor and Angelelli by four points, 117-113, with one third of the season now in the books.

No. 60 LiveOn Ford/Riley co-drivers Ozz Negri and John Pew finished third for their first podium since their victory in the 2012 season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and are just one point behind Angelelli and Taylor in the championship.

At almost the exact time that Angelelli made his decisive pass on Dalziel in DP, Segal made his way past Dane Cameron’s No. 42 TheRaceSite.com Mazda RX-8 to take the GT class lead. Once he got clear of Cameron, Segal – a Philadelphia native now living in South Florida – pulled away from the field to record his second straight “hometown” victory.

“Miami was a different win than today,” Assentato said. “Today was a hard-earned win; in Miami we got lucky with the rain. This was a tough battle from the very start.”

Segal and Assentato entered the race as the GT points leaders and the 2010 Rolex Series GT champions, extended their lead to eight points, 125-117, over Andy Lally and John Potter. Lally and Potter finished third in the Global Barter 250 in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3, right behind second-place GT finishers Robin Liddell and polesitter John Edwards in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro GT.R.

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