Birmingham: Synergy Racing Friday report

Points-Leading Synergy Racing Quickest in GT Practice for Porsche 250 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 29, 2005) -- Synergy Racing turned the quickest GT lap of the day during practice for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports...

Points-Leading Synergy Racing Quickest in GT Practice for Porsche 250

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 29, 2005) -- Synergy Racing turned the quickest GT lap of the day during practice for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday. Point leaders Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) and David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) topped the charts in the No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup during the morning practice session with a 1:31.044 lap averaging 90.945 mph around the twisty 2.3-mile, 16-turn circuit.

"I love this track," Stanton said. "We've come up with a great setup here. It's something that's going to be good in the long run. I'm not sure who's going to start and who's going to finish, but we're going to try to go for the pole and try to go for the win. It's really important for us to finish as well as we can. We're in a points chase here, and we want to win a championship for the Synergy team, for Porsche and for us as drivers, so we want to do as well as we can."

The Alabama sun heated things up for the afternoon practice session, slowing lap times slightly. But, the points leaders continued their impressive run, clocking a 1:31.441 lap at 90.550 mph, the second quickest of the session.

Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) piloted the autobysite.com/pipeservices.com No. 81 Porsche during practice on Friday. The series' youngest female driver scored her best lap of the day during the morning session with a 1:35.710 lap at 86.511 mph.

Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) also benefited from the cooler temperatures in the morning, turning a 1:23.695 lap at 98.931 mph in the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype.

"We definitely made progress today," Burt said. "We really didn't like the way the car was handling this morning, so Gary (Grossenbacher) came up with a bunch of changes, and the car just felt a lot better in the afternoon, even though the conditions weren't as good. We still have some work to do for tomorrow and for qualifying, but I'm feeling much better about it after this session than I was earlier."

Brent Martini (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Kelly Collins (Newport Beach, Calif.) also turned their best laps of the day during the Grand-Am Cup Series morning session, however afternoon practice was cut short due to lightning in the area. The Californians ticked off a 1:38.508 lap at 84.054 mph in the No. 81 Porsche 997, the ninth quickest of the morning session.

Qualifying for the Porsche 250 will get underway at Barber Motorsports Park at 12:50 p.m. CDT, and the green flag will fall on the Grand-Am Cup 200 at 2 p.m. CDT. The Porsche 250 will air live on SPEED Channel on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT (noon CDT).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Kelly Collins , Craig Stanton , Brent Martini , Mae Van Wijk , Brian Frisselle