Daytona 24: Synergy Racing No. 8 early out report

Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran Retires With Gearbox Failure The Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 of Synergy Racing has retired from the race after 523 laps due to the ring and pinion in the gearbox breaking. Tommy Erdos was at the wheel of the Rx.com Daytona...

Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran Retires With Gearbox Failure

The Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 of Synergy Racing has retired from the race after 523 laps due to the ring and pinion in the gearbox breaking. Tommy Erdos was at the wheel of the Rx.com Daytona Prototype when the failure occurred. His co-drivers this weekend have included Mike Newton and brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle. The Frisselle brothers will run the Rx.com car for the remainder of the Rolex Series season.

Rx.com crew chief Gary Grossenbacher.

"As far as racing goes, it's probably the most disheartening thing that can happen. There is an old rule of thumb when you run a 24-hour race, and that is you hope if you are going to break, you break in the first hour so you can go home and enjoy the race. And if it doesn't break in the first hour, you want to run every hour. So, it's really tough. The guys worked really hard. It's just tough."

Rx.com driver Mike Newton

"It's unfortunately. You always know where there are risks in a vehicle. And the drive train and gearbox on these things is supposed to be indestructible, which obviously it isn't. So sometimes it can be a thing that surprises you that stops you. That's just the way it is. Nothing is indestructible, and this reminds you that everything is always a risk. The guys did a great job of looking after the car. All the drivers did a great job of keeping it out of trouble. There were a few gentle bumps and bangs, but nothing serious. Really it's just unfortunate. It's a mechanical failure that really can't be easy to predict, and that's just the way it is."

Rx.com driver Brian Frisselle

"It's amazing. It's all that it's been made out to be. At first I kind of thought 'how important is this race?' But, after being a part of it, I see why it has the reputation that it does. To win this race everything has to be right--the drivers have to be right and the car has to be right. Hats off to the people that win it, but I feel so blessed to even have competed in it."

"It gave me a lot of confidence, being able to race with some of those guys out there. I felt like my lap times were pretty good for the amount that I was pushing and for the conditions, in comparison to the other drivers, as well. It's given me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season."

-sr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Newton , Brian Frisselle