The SunTrust Racing duo of Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor finally laid its 'fast on Friday' tag to rest by proving 'triumphant on Thursday' with victory in the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International.

Provisional results show the black-and-gold SunTrust Riley-Pontiac at the head of the list after the 'midnight run' event, beating the pole-winning Chip Ganassi entry of polewinner Scott Pruett and Max Papis into second spot, denying the Italo-American pairing a chance to rack up a victory hat-trick after wins in each of the past two races. NASCAR star Tony Stewart partnered Andy Wallace to third place in the first of the two CITGO Howard-Boss Crawford prototypes.

Angelelli claimed the lead from the #20 car of Wallace on a lap 59 restart following a crash involving reigning Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller's #54
Kodak-Bell Motorsports Doran and the similar #81 entry of Cort Wagner. The Italian then led the remaining eleven laps and finished 7.311secs ahead of Papis, who had also moved his #01 CompUSA-backed car past Wallace.

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Bill Auberlen achieved PTG BMW's 'drive for five' by taking the GT category with new co-driver Justin Marks, and beating team-mates Boris Said and Joey Hand into second spot. The SGS category was won by the Nonnamaker family's Orison-Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche.

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 Stewart took the lead and remained there until he pitted at the halfway point to hand over to Wallace, who rejoined in third place.

It appeared that the #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 and Pruett] had new tyres, and my tyres 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 Taylor's second, as he was an overall winner in the 1996 Rolex 24. 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 set-up," Taylor said, "It's one thing being the fastest in every session, but it counts when you get the chequered flag. It's been a long time - it's very satisfying. Winning again at Daytona is great."

Pruett started from the pole and led twice during his stint before handing off to co-driver Papis as the CGR team 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 reclaimed 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, but 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 #01 team-mates now lead Angelelli and Taylor by eleven points, 183-172.

"Those guys didn't miss a beat," Pruett said of the winning team, "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 prototype finish at Daytona.

"I couldn't really charge at the end," Wallace admitted, "There was nothing left with my tyres - 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 rejoins Wallace in the #20 machine in the 200 later in the year.

"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. 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."

The #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 #4 machine to a fourth place result, while Milka Duno and Jan Lammers brought the #2 car home in sixth place. The #58 Red Bull Brumos Racing Porsche Fabcar, which started second, finished fifth in the hands of David Donohue and Darren Law.

The Kodak-Bell and entries were classified in 31st and 32nd places after their shunt.

"It's a disappointing finish," Rx.comdriver Cort Wagner admitted, "The car was really handling very nicely, as we had found a new set-up between yesterday's qualifying and practice and today's race. We took a gamble and this race car was pretty much able to chase down anybody - except maybe the SunTrust car.

"I was really enjoying the race - Terry and I were having some really great racing. I just don't think he saw me and moved over under the braking zone and smacked the left front of mine with his right rear. That was game over. It's unfortunate, as it did a lot of damage to both cars. I'm just glad we are both okay - that's what really counts. I'm happy to be walking away after something about as fast as you can hit."

In the GT category, points leader Boris Said's move from the #21 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 to the team's similar #22 machine paid dividends for former co-driver Auberlen. By staying in the #21 machine, Auberlen continued his GT win streak by taking his fifth consecutive class victory, this time with Justin Marks. Said and his new co-driver, Joey Hand, finished second, allowing Auberlen to move into a tie in the class point standings with 186 markers apiece.

"This is the second time that I've won the Paul Revere 250, and I really love it," Auberlen said, "Our car was a handful, and the Porsches had us covered on top speed, but we had them covered on the infield. We also had them covered on our driver line-up, our pit crew and our strategy. We were pretty bad in practice, but I left it in the hands of the crew. They tuned the car up and turned it from a four-lap car into a 20-lap car, which was much easier to deal with in the race."

"We fought the same problem all week," agreed Marks, who scored his first Rolex Series win by switching to partner Auberlen, "It was difficult for us to get the power down in the corners. It was just real loose. We made a lot of changes before the race. The experience of the team made those changes the right ones. The car was the
best in the race and I just tried to stay in touch with the leaders and have the car in a competitive position for when I gave it to my team-mate."

In a dominating performance, Super Grand Sport polesitter Wayne Nonnamaker drove the #41 Porsche GT3 Cup nearly flag-to-flag at the front en route to his first career Rolex Series class victory. Nonnamaker led all but two of the 70 laps and finished one lap ahead of SGS co-points leaders Marc Bunting and Andy Lally in the #38
TPC Racing Porsche.

"I'm pretty tired," Nonnamaker said, "but the car just did an excellent job. The crew did an amazing job on the stops - we've got a good set-up here. We've had success in the Grand-Am Cup, now we've been able to translate that into the Rolex. We're very excited and we're pumped for the rest of the year."

John Littlechild and Spencer Pumpelly co-drove the #37 TPC Racing Porsche to its second-consecutive SGS podium, and third of the season, with a third place showing, while Joe Nonnamaker - who celebrated his 55th birthday on Thursday - also drove the full 70-lap distance by himself and finished fourth.