In the build-up to this weekend's Rolex Series race in Detroit SunTrust Racing are wondering whether good things really do happen in threes.
Following wins in the wash-out at Homestead-Miami Speedway, followed by another victory in New Jersey to lift drivers Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor into joint second in the drivers points for the Daytona Prototype class.
To complete the hattrick of wins Angelelli and Taylor will need to overcome the new challenge of the resurrected Detroit Belle Isle track. With the track hosting its first major race since 2008 the venue is new to vast majority of the teams and drivers of the Rolex Series including the Wayne Taylor Racing run SunTrust squad.
“I have zero first-hand knowledge of the track,” said Angelelli. “I've been looking at videos of the track with the boys, Ricky and Jordan (Taylor). We'll see when we get there. It's a lot of corners, long straights. I'll need to see it to understand it. The event, racing in Detroit, on Belle Isle, there is a little bit of history there, it's good. I want to say thanks to Chevrolet and Grand-Am for making this happen. It's a good new venue for us, and new venues are always exciting, especially this one.”
With the unknowns thrown up by the 2.1 mile venue – hemmed in my walls for much its length – the two hour race (start 5pm ET, Saturday) promises to be an unpredictable affair. However, SunTrust Racing have history on their side.
Since joining the Rolex Series grid in 2004 Taylor's team has visited 19 tracks and -thus far – has an enviable record on their venue debuts with an average finish of just 4.4 on their maiden visits, picking up five wins along the way, including on their first times at Daytona International Speedway and Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“Obviously, we want to keep getting maximum points,” said Wayne Taylor, “so we're going to do everything we can to finish up front. I always think our team does a really good job when we come straight out of the trailer onto a brand new track. We always seem to do well in situations like that. It's going to be a huge event, being there with the Indy cars the weekend after the Indy 500. We're really looking forward to it.”