Synergy Racing Quick in Grand Prix of Miami Qualifying MIAMI, Fla. (March 4, 2005) -- Synergy Racing's three Rolex Sports Car Series entries posted impressive lap times during Friday's qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami at ...
Synergy Racing Quick in Grand Prix of Miami Qualifying
MIAMI, Fla. (March 4, 2005) -- Synergy Racing's three Rolex Sports Car Series entries posted impressive lap times during Friday's qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Rx.com Daytona Prototype Seventh Despite Shortened Qualifying Daytona Prototype qualifying was shortened due to an accident during the session. Although Burt Frisselle was only able to get in two laps, he quickly got the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 up to speed and posted a 1:16.268 lap at 108.563 mph. Burt will start the Daytona Prototype he shares with his younger brother Brian on the inside of the fourth row in Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami.
"I didn't really mean for that to be my qualifying lap," Burt explained. "We know these tires take a few laps to get up to the best temperature, so I was really just trying to get some heat in the tires that lap, not going for a time. Even though I wasn't going all out yet, I'm happy with the lap I got in and the result. It's also good to be starting close to the front, and will hopefully will help us stay out of trouble at the start.
"The Synergy guys have done a great job this weekend, and we have been finding more speed in the car throughout the weekend, so I'm looking forward to the race," Burt added.
Dejà vu for Murry in GT
David Murry, of Atlanta, Ga., posted an impressive time during GT qualifying in Synergy's No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup. Murry's 1:21.610 lap at 101.458 mph was third quickest in the class during qualifying. But unfortunately he will not get to enjoy a second-row position on the GT starting grid due to a technical infraction issued during post-qualifying inspection for the height of the No. 80 Porsche's wing.
Because of the infraction, Murry's lap time was disallowed and he will start at the rear of the GT field. However, Murry and his co-driver Craig Stanton, of Long Beach, Calif., are not very concerned about the position they are in. If anything they are used to it after a similar incident occurred during last year's Grand Prix of Miami when the drivers competed for AASCO Motorsports.
"This is almost like dejà vu," said Murry. "We got the SGS pole last year at this race and got sent to the back of grid for pretty much the same infraction. But, we still worked our way to the front of the field and took the class victory."
Van Wijk Improves Three Seconds
Mae Van Wijk, of Houston, qualified the No. 81 Porsche GT3 Cup sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com, with lap time three seconds quicker than her best lap at last year's Grand Prix of Miami. Van Wijk clocked a 1:27.550 at 94.575 mph during qualifying on Friday to earn the 25th position on the GT starting grid.
Van Wijk will start the No. 81 Porsche during Saturday's race before handing off to Murry, who will pull double duty racing in both the No. 80 and No. 81 Porsches this weekend.
SPEED Channel to Broadcast Grand Prix Live Synergy Racing can be seen competing in the Grand Prix of Miami live on SPEED Channel this Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. ET. Synergy Racing's performance throughout the event weekend can also be followed on the Internet with live timing and scoring available at grandamerican.com.