Homestead: Craig Stanton race report

Craig Stanton- Homestead Deja Vu All Over Again - Almost HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 5, 2005 -- Craig Stanton's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) was almost an instant replay of his 2004 race here.

Craig Stanton- Homestead Deja Vu All Over Again - Almost

HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 5, 2005 -- Craig Stanton's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) was almost an instant replay of his 2004 race here. Stanton, of Long Beach, Calif., and second year teammate Dave Murry (Cumming, Ga.) qualified their No. 80 Synergy Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry third in GT class. However, just as happened in '04, the white German sports car was relegated to the back of the field for a rear wing end-plate infraction. In the 2004 Grand Prix of Miami, the combination came back to win the SGS class (now GT class). However, the checkered flag fell just short of a carbon copy of last season. The 2004 Grand-Am Cup champion would take his second fourth-place finish (21st overall) of the two race-old season. The result further strengthens Stanton's pursuit of his first Rolex Series championship.

Murry started the No. 80 Porsche and drove the first 68 laps- racing as high as second at one point. Stanton took over driving duties in sixth position. Two laps later he was challenging for fourth while holding firm to fifth. Despite fighting a loose car, the easy-going native Californian never fell below fifth and set the car's fastest race lap (one minute, 22.694 seconds) on the 79th of the 103 circuits that the Synergy entry put in during the 250-mile/ two hour and 45-minute race. Murry, meanwhile, finished eighth in class in a second Synergy Porsche with Mai Van Wijk (Houston, Tex.).

Craig Stanton: "This is our first race with Synergy Racing and it is a good start for the rest of the championship. David and Mai and both teams did great today. We are pretty optimistic with how the car performed. This is pretty much a stock Porsche Cup car right now and it was able to run with the more developed cars in the class. We have some development planned over the next few races that should make-up the rest of the difference. We have a huge, long list of things that we are all going to work on and come back to California very strong. It was a good race for the prototypes and a great race for the GTs which proves that the series is gaining momentum. This is a great series to race in. I had to work pretty hard out there today but I feel great. We started drinking Glyco Max at Daytona for the 24 Hour and I felt like I could run another race after that. I'm sold on it now. I'll be on board with them the rest of the year in everything we do."

For more on Craig Stanton please visit www.craigstanton.com. More on Glyco Max at www.glycomax.com.

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Series Grand-Am
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