Mags To SunTrust For Long Beach
SunTrust Race Team car owner / driver Wayne Taylor is standing down for the next Grand Am race, the sprint at Long Beach (April 7-8), and has invited Jan Magnussen to join the championship-winning #10 SunTrust Riley Pontiac team.

“I am really glad to be able to add Jan Magnussen to the SunTrust Pontiac team line-up,” said Wayne Taylor. “His talent speaks for itself. Jan is a driver who can get into any car and drive it well and fast. He will be a real asset to this team and give me an opportunity to transition more into the team management role for a race. I’ve been juggling multiple duties between management and driver for years and this will be a great chance to step out of the driving role for a single race and feel I am leaving it in two very capable hands with Max (Angelelli) and Jan.”

“I imagine that this is a step towards looking at a bigger picture for the years ahead,” commented Jim France, CEO of International Speedway Corp.

“This is a great opportunity to add a talented driver from the Pontiac stable to our team,” said Bill Riley. “Jan has mostly driven the Pontiac GTO-R in the GT class in recent years, but was also part of the start of the Daytona Prototype class in Grand Am, driving for Kevin Doran. He and Max are going to make a great pair on the Long Beach Street Circuit.”

Jan Magnussen was a star in the opening stint of the 2005 Rolex 24, in one of Kevin Doran’s cars. He had expected to race Mr. Goh’s Maserati in the Super GT series in Japan this year, but that car wasn’t quite competitive with the domestic entries. At the Sebring 12 Hours, Magnussen remarked that he was hoping to find more drives this year – and suddenly one ‘falls into his lap’.

Magnussen won the GT1 Class at Sebring with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta.

“In the future I may concentrate just on the long distance races, but for now I plan to continue driving this year,” added Wayne Taylor (right).

The SunTrust Riley has been a little ‘off’ its regular pace so far this year, but GA’s recent penalties and adjustments might make a difference at Long Beach, which ought to favour the bigger V8s anyway.

 

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