Daytona 24: Synergy Racing No. 8 early out report

Rx.com Daytona Prototype retires from Rolex 24 At Daytona after leading race DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2006) -- Synergy Racing retired its No. 8 Rx.com Porsche Doran Daytona Prototype early from the Rolex 24 At Daytona due to an...

Rx.com Daytona Prototype retires from Rolex 24 At Daytona after leading race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2006) -- Synergy Racing retired its No. 8 Rx.com Porsche Doran Daytona Prototype early from the Rolex 24 At Daytona due to an overheating problem with the engine. The early retirement came as a tremendous disappointment to drivers Burt and Brian Frisselle, of Kihei, Hawaii, who saw their teammate Patrick Huisman lead the race overall 3.5 hours into the race.

Huisman relinquished the lead when he pitted to hand the Rx.com machine over to Burt at the 3:44 mark after 113 laps. Shortly after Burt took the wheel, he had to return to the pits to add water to the car and make adjustments to a sticking throttle.

The repairs resulted in the team losing three laps, however the drivers were able to get the Rx.com car back into the top 10 before engine-overheating trouble struck at the seven-hour mark after 206 laps. This time, Burt was forced to bring it back into the garage where the team discovered the damage to the overheating engine would force the No. 8 car's retirement.

"It's just unfortunate we had some engine issues at Daytona, but this is one of the most grueling races that you can find in the world," said Burt. "The car was phenomenally balanced. The handling was great. It was easy to drive. Mechanically, everything was perfect, we just couldn't get the engine to run the way we wanted it to. It is what it is. And in 2007, we'll be back here ready to rock."

"It was a very disappointing finish," Brian admitted. "The car was the car to win the race. If we were there at the end, we could have won the race on outright speed. I don't know how many times you can show up to Daytona and say that. This is only my second time in the Rolex 24, but I know I could not have said that last year.

"I just have to thank my team and our engineer Gary (Grossenbacher) for giving us such a great car," Brian continued. "It's just unfortunate we had these issues. We gave it our all, and we'll come back next year hopefully and give it a good try again."

"Set-up wise, the car was going very, very well," Huisman remarked. "It's always a risk to change to a new engine package, because you're going to have some teething problems. But, it's a big shame. The car was running very, very strong today. If it wouldn't be for this, I'm sure we would have had a shot at the top three. But, we'll do it better next yet."

The Rx.com Daytona Prototype will return to action in Mexico City in round two of the Rolex Sports Car Series, March 2-4.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Patrick Huisman