SunTrust Notches Second-Straight
MILLVILLE, N.J. — The SunTrust Racing duo of Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli picked up their second-straight Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype victory Sunday afternoon at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Taylor started from the pole in the No. 10 Corvette Daytona Prototype and the team was able to convert that pole into a victory at the New Jersey road course during the Global Barter 250.
“That was a very hard race. My middle stint was so difficult,” said Angelelli, who closed out the victory in the No. 10 Corvette DP. “We finally got a new set of tires for the last stint and the car was just fantastic.”
It wasn’t an easy victory for Taylor and Angelelli, as they had to track down the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford Riley driven by Ryan Dalziel late in the race. The SunTrust squad refused to lose however, overtaking the car Dalziel shares with Enzo Potolicchio and pulling away to victory.
The victory moves Taylor and Angelelli to second in the Daytona Prototype standings behind Dalziel and Potolicchio.
“It’s unbelievable. I never expected that we could such a good points day with only nine cars here,” Taylor said.
Completing the podium was the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley driven by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. and John Pew.
There was another repeat winner in the GT division, as the AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 shared by Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato notched their second-straight class victory thanks in part to a timely late-race caution.
“We were really, really close on fuel there just traveling around under yellow hoping we wouldn’t run out because we were going to pit that lap that it came out,” Segal said. “It wound up working out great. We had fresh tires and we had a great setup.”
Two of the top Daytona Prototype teams, the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings squad and the No. 01 BMW Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, ended up at the rear of the finishing results after late-race contact ended the days of both teams.