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Angelelli and Taylor Give SunTrust Racing Its Second Rolex Series Win in Paul Revere 25
3 Pontiac Crawfords in Top 6
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The No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley team of Italian Max Angelelli and teammate Wayne Taylor earned its second Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series win of the 2004 season at Daytona International Speedway early Friday morning in the Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche (SPEED Channel, July 4, Noon ET).

Angelelli claimed the lead from the No. 20 CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford of Andy Wallace on a Lap 59 restart following a crash involving reigning Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller in the No. 54 Kodak-Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran and the No. 81 Rx.com/G&W Motorsports BMW Doran of Cort Wagner. Angelelli led the remaining 11 laps and finished 7.311 seconds ahead of Max Papis in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley to earn the win.

After starting seventh, Taylor claimed the lead for the first time on Lap 23, and stayed in front until handing over to Angelelli on a Lap 30 pit stop. NASCAR star Tony Stewart then took the lead in the No. 20 machine and remained there until he pitted at the halfway point on Lap 35 when Wallace took over and rejoined the race in third place.

It appeared that the No. 20 team's single-stop strategy may have paid dividends as all of the other leaders needed one more trip to the pits. However, when the full-course caution flag flew following the Borcheller/Wagner incident on Lap 54, the table was set for Angelelli's race-winning pass five laps later.

"Of course, I thought I could have caught Andy Wallace, my car was faster," Angelelli said. "I'm happy I ran the fastest lap of the race. I was really scared when the caution came out. I knew they (Papis) had new tires, and my tires were pretty old, so I really pushed at the end. I didn't know if I was much quicker."

The triumph was Angelelli's first at Daytona International Speedway, and was Taylor's second DIS victory, as he was an overall winner in the 1996 Rolex 24 At Daytona. It was also Taylor and Angelelli's first win since taking the Food City 250 at Phoenix in April.

"Once we got in the qualifying, we concentrated on getting in the race setup," Taylor said. "It's one thing being the fastest in every session, it counts when you get the checkered flag. It's been a long time - it's very satisfying. Winning again at Daytona is great."

Scott Pruett started from the pole and led twice during his stint before handing off to co-driver Papis as they attempted to score their third consecutive win. Papis led twice himself, but dropped to third during his final pit stop on Lap 54. The Italian claimed second place from Wallace on Lap 61 but could advance no further.

"I gave it everything I could," Papis said. "Today was a great job for everyone on the team. I guess that's how you win the championship. If you don't finish first, you finish second. We have some work to do, but we know where to work, and we've made a lot of progress. We were pretty good in the infield; we had to work in the other direction."

The second place result was enough to keep Papis and Pruett atop the Daytona Prototype championship standings at the season's halfway point. The No. 01 teammates now lead Angelelli and Taylor by 11 points, 183-172.

"Those guys (in the No. 10) didn't miss a beat," Pruett said. "The 10 car has been our rival all year long; we've been trading it back and forth. But we're in it for the championship. It's hard to race these guys head to head because of the engine differences, but they've made some mistakes and we've taken advantage of them. When they don't, we'll finish second, and make a hard run for the championship."

After losing the lead, Wallace fell back as far as sixth place late in the running. However, he battled his way back to third on the final lap for his and Stewart's second-consecutive third-place Daytona Prototype finish at Daytona.

"I couldn't really charge at the end," Wallace said. "There was nothing left with my tires. It was too hot, and I wore them out with 15-20 laps to go. I knew I was pretty much dead in the water. I just had to see how fast I could go. I doubt if I could have held off Angelelli.

Stewart admitted that the Paul Revere 250 was somewhat of a learning experience, and he will get another chance to score his first sports car victory when he joins Wallace in the No. 20 machine again in the theglen.com 200, Round 8 of the 12-race 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series.

"That yellow didn't help us at all," Stewart said. "The one-stop strategy would have worked if it went green the rest of the way. It's an easy car to drive. This car has got such a good balance to it, that it's not one that you feel you need to fight. It's very driver-friendly. I'm looking forward to racing this car again with Andy at Watkins Glen."

The No. 20 machine was the first of three Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawfords to finish inside the top-six positions. Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Butch Leitzinger wheeled the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports machine to a fourth place result, while Milka Duno and Jan Lammers brought the No. 2 CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports car home in sixth place. The No. 58 Red Bull Brumos Racing Porsche Fabcar-which started second-finished fifth in the hands of David Donohue and Darren Law.



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Based on no feedback on this win for Pontiac. Should Pontiac bother racing in these types of events?
Since Pontiac pulled out of Nascar, what would the right type of racing Pontiac participate in?
 

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Originally posted by Canuck@Jul 5 2004, 01:23 PM
Based on no feedback on this win for Pontiac.
Explain this statement.

  Should Pontiac bother racing in these types of events?
Since Pontiac pulled out of Nascar, what would the right type of racing Pontiac participate in?
I was somewhat interested in NASCAR when Pontiacs were running, albeit only slightly. I have not watched a single NASBORE race since Pontiac dropped out and Winston dropped out. Its just not real racing and hasnt been for years. Its "made for TV" entertainment, just like "wraslin".

For me to be interested in any form of racing for Pontiac to get back into it would have to be drag racing or maybe road racing. BUT, for me it would require a new Pontiac street version that was affordable, rear wheel drive, engine compartment big enought to drop in a 500cu.in. V8. Until they come out with something like that I couldn't care less if they ever sponsor any racing at all.

They seem to have forgot the "race on sunday, sell on monday" theory. It does work. Even though I've been a total Pontiac (and GM) guy since 1976, I am slowly losing my loyaltly to GM. I really like the new Dodge products. Come'on GM, wake up. And fast! At least make some kind of sound like you are trying to wake up.
 

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What I meant by 'no feedback' is on a GM related site no one seems to care about Pontiac winning this race.
I agree with your comment about Nascar.
I am questioning where Pontiac should put it racing budget.
The GTO is in drifting. Which is not actually a race but is some type of competition.
What other races should Pontiac put it actual production cars?
 

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Originally posted by Canuck@Jul 5 2004, 01:23 PM
Based on no feedback on this win for Pontiac.  Should Pontiac bother racing in these types of events?
Since Pontiac pulled out of Nascar, what would the right type of racing Pontiac participate in?
I love seeing "Pontiac" thump "Lexus" in this series, but I'd prefer a real GTO winning in SCCA road racing and other closer to "stock" races. Pontiac could also use a strong 4 cylinder sport compact close to stock race car. None of that RWD tube chassis "Sunfire" dragster fakery.
 

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congrats to pontiac on there win. i was watching the race and noticed the "PONTIAC" across the top of the windsheild. then i got to wondering what part of the car was made from pontiac. so now im guess its the engine and trans??? can some one clear me on that one?

i also like the fact the the GTO is in SCCA Drifting compatition with all the import cars and KICKIN the compitition in the teeth with a steel toe boot. but seening the GTO turn left and right around a track and rake in the trophies would also be good for the Cheif. giving your companie "fuel for the soul" as a slogan and having one RWD vehicle that isnt selling well at thing point in time. isnt a grand acheivement.

after seing a bonny GXP im impressed but the price is a little steep. i think this is one of GM's problems, scared that they may loose money. i guess this is what happens when you have greedy executives.

with that said im out.
 

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Anyone know why Pontiac has a mid-engine race car (Daytona Prototype)? It was pictured in an internal gm magazine recently. They won the manufacturers award in 87 and 88 while racing the Fiero GTP(even beating the Corvette). Could this be a sign of a new production mid-engine from Pontiac?
 

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Angelelli is the man. I got the chance to meet him at the CTS-V race at Lime Rock. Him and Pilgrim were cool guys! Just goes to show you, no one drives better then Italians. :D

and no, there will be no Fiero return...give it up fellas. If there is a Solstice, there will never be a Fiero.
 

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Originally posted by bigals87z28@Jul 10 2004, 02:18 AM
and no, there will be no Fiero return...give it up fellas.  If there is a Solstice, there will never be a Fiero.

GM wouldnt use the fiero name again probably because of the bad press due to the recalls. However the Trans am is on hiatus. Pontiac didnt want the ta to be discontinued. Anyone here aware that Pontiac had the 89 fiero on display at an auto show in Louisville in August 2002 with a trans am gta badge on the front of it. The kappa chassis could be used for a mid-engine car also.
 

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What I am curious about is....


What exactly is the engine that is in this car? Is it an LS-1? Where can I find out more about the specs of this machine?
 
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