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SunTrust ready to go at VIR.

Just six days after a heavy crash in Mexico City, the SunTrust Racing team has won the battle to be on the grid for the latest round of the Grand Am Rolex Series at Virginia International Raceway.

The #10 Pontiac Dallara was involved in a hefty shunt for the second successive race in the Mexico City 250 after contact from the #7 Sigalsport BMW sent driver Max Angelelli spinning off into the concrete barrier – inflicting considerable damage to the right hand side of the car.

That came after the team had battled to rebuild the car following an accident for Angelelli's team-mate Michael Valiante at Homestead Miami Speedway in the previous event.

The team transporter, with the #10 racing machine on board, didn't arrive back at the race shop until late Tuesday afternoon from Mexico, and it had to depart Thursday evening in order to unload and adequately prepare for Saturday morning's opening practice at VIR.

Despite the short turnaround, which forced the team to cram a week's worth of work into two days, the car was declared ready to race in the fourth round of the year as the team seeks to try and reduce the 46 point gap to the points leaders.

"We literally had to replace every panel on the car," SunTrust Racing car owner Wayne Taylor said. "Everything but the left-hand sidepod and the cockpit were damaged.

"We just need a break. We've got a big shortfall in the points. We've been developing the Dallara and making it the best car in Grand-Am. So far, it seems pretty fast."


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The all-new #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara DP-01 chassis of Wayne Taylor Racing
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)
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]
Michael Valiante/Joh Pew - Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Max Angelelli/Brian Frisselle - SunTrust Racing Dallara-Ford  [pic credit: Grand-Am]
The Beyer Racing Pontiac at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The SunTrust Dallara at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The SunTrust Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The Beyer Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The Beyer Racing Pontiac in action at Daytona [Pic credit: Brian Cleary]
The #10 SunTrust entry [Pic credit: Grand Am]
The SunTrust Racing Dallara at Daytona [Pic credit: grand Am]
The Beyer Racing Pontiac Riley at Daytona [Pic credit: Mark Weber]
The #6 Michael Shank Racing entry at Daytona [Pic credit: Mark Weber]

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