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SunTrust chasing Daytona triumph.

Even though the chase for the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series championship is only halfway over, there's a certain sense of urgency in the minds of Max Angelelli and the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley team of Wayne Taylor Racing as they come to Daytona .

After three front-row qualifying efforts and five podium finishes through the season's first seven events – including their first victory in April at Alton, for the newly formed Wayne Taylor Racing organisation – Angelelli & Company are off to a solid start that is comparable to their 2005 Rolex Series championship run that concluded with five victories and 10 podium finishes in 14 events.

While that 2005 championship run by Angelelli and co-driver and now-team-owner Wayne Taylor may be difficult to duplicate for any team in any series, the 2007 edition of SunTrust Racing is far ahead of where it was a year ago after an uncharacteristically rough start that saw the team post finishes of 29th, 9th, 11th and 8th at the first four events.

All of that in mind, sitting in second place in the 2007 team championship, 16 points behind the No. 01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entry of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, the entire SunTrust Racing camp feels the overwhelming need to not only continue its blistering pace of podium finishes but to string together a number of race wins to vault itself back atop the championship standings, where it was after its dominating victory at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) by an 11-point margin.

Thursday's Brumos Porsche 250 marks a welcome return to the friendly confines of Daytona and its 3.56-mile road circuit, where the SunTrust team has scored wins in the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 2004 Paul Revere 250, in addition to a runner-up finish in the 2005 Brumos Porsche 250 and a third-place finish at this year's Rolex 24.

Angelelli will be joined for the third race in a row by co-driver Jonathan Cochet of France, a longtime sports car racing veteran and former Formula 1 test driver who, oddly enough, will be racing at Daytona for the first time in his career.

“I'm always very happy to go back to Daytona,” he said. “It's a track that I always enjoy. It's a place to go where you can race really, really hard. As we begin the second half of the season, it is time to start turning things around because I cannot hide the fact that we have been struggling to get the results we really need to keep pace in the championship the last three weekends.

“It's been tough. We need to try and regroup and try to understand what the problems are. As soon as we figure that out, I'm sure we can attack the problem and solve it and be competitive again.

“Unfortunately, our struggles are happening during the worst part of the season. We have three races in a row and we have no time to go testing to try to figure it all out. We'll need to do it during the race weekends. Somehow, we'll need to find the time and get it all sorted out. We have a very good team and it is just a matter of time before we start to get the kind of results we know we are capable of.”


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Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. Continental Tire Sports Car Festival. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
Derek Johnston [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Vic Elford, the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshal (Photo credit: Motorsports Images and Archives)
The No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote that will be tested by 2009 Radical European Masters Champion Derek Johnston at Virginia International Raceway
Max Angelelli and Brian Friselle win at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
Max Angelelli/Brian Frisselle - SunTrust Racing Dallara-Ford  [pic credit: Grand-Am]
The Spirit of Daytona entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am]
The winning TRG team at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The winning Brumos Racing team at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
Flags at the Rolex 24 [Pic credit: Grand Am]
The Wright Motorsport Porsche at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The GAINSCO Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The #01 Chip Ganassi entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]

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