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SunTrust Boys Win At The Glen

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 13 2011

Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor hold on for victory at Watkins Glen.

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Max Angelelli brought the polesitting SunTrust Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara Chevrolet home a winner in Saturday afternoon’s Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International.

The winning car was put on the pole by Ricky Taylor, who also drove the first stint of the Canadian Tire 200 race. Angelelli got in for the second stint and brought the car to Victory Lane.

To get the victory, Angelelli had to hold off the defending series champion and points leader Scott Pruett of Chip Ganassi Racing.

With about 5 minutes to go in the two-hour race, Pruett had close to Angelelli’s rear bumper but could not stay there.

“Traffic,” Pruett said when asked why he could not stay with Angelelli.

Pruett, who shared his seat with Memo Rojas, finished second.

Angelelli finished 2.517 seconds ahead of Pruett as SunTrust Racing led 77 of the 100 laps en route to its third victory of the season. Ricky Taylor won the pole for the sixth consecutive race, one shy of the all-time DP record, and led the first 33 laps.

“Today was really just perfect,” Ricky Taylor said. “In qualifying the car was great, and then for the race, it’s much easier when you can just kind of control the race from the front and kind of manage the gap and everything.”

Angelelli led twice for 44 laps.

“That was a close call,” Angelelli said. “You really had to time traffic, and it was really difficult to predict. As everybody knows, Scott is a master around traffic. It was really difficult. I have to give credit to the entire SunTrust racing team.”

Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popov finished third.

In GT, Spencer Pumpelly in the fuel-starved TRG Motorsports Porsche 911 held on to get the victory. He got the victory when the Brumos Porsche driven by Leh Keen, and then the Mazda RX8 driven by Dane Cameron had to pit for fuel with less than eight minutes to go.

Finishing second was the charging Camaro of Jordan Taylor.

David Ragan and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 12th in the debut for both NASCAR drivers as they competed in the No. 11 TRN Racing/Blackforest Ford Mustang in the GT Class.

“I’ve had a great time,” Ragan said. “This is probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a road course, so thanks to Jack, Ford Racing and UPS for allowing me to do this.  It was great to get seat time and another couple hours of running that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to go along with our best qualifying effort up here.  It definitely helps a little bit.  I know the cars are completely different, but just getting the mindset of turning left and turning right and getting my reactions better, it was a lot of fun.”

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 13 2011
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