Homestead: Synergy Racing race report

No. 80 Shoes for Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche Takes Top Ten in Homestead and Finds Inspiration in Young Fan The Shoes for Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche competed in its third race of the season this past Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The...

No. 80 Shoes for Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche Takes Top Ten in Homestead and Finds Inspiration in Young Fan

The Shoes for Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche competed in its third race of the season this past Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The #80 Shoes for Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche led the way for the Synergy Racing Grand Touring (GT) class effort in the Grand American Rolex series. The team had an excellent showing at the south Florida track as a very special fan joined the team for the weekend.

Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami was held early Friday evening. Porsche teams struck early on and the #80 Shoes for Crews/Synergy racing Porsche took 10th in the qualifying round. Porsche GT3 Cup cars took seven of the top-ten spots in the Grand Prix of Miami qualifying.

Leh Keen and David Murry piloted the Porsche GT3 Cup car for the competition. The two drivers maneuvered their way through the GT class field to finish the race in 6th place. Although problems with the engine left the team with slower lap times, strategy was key in this top-ten finish.

"I think the biggest thing is that we have a real strong strategy program. That is what got us the 6th place finish. We made a couple of little changes to the car, but strategy is what actually got us up there," stated driver David Murry.

While strategy was important to the team during the race, the crew and drivers had something of greater importance in their hearts. During the race weekend the Synergy drivers and crew met with a very special fan. Murry, Keen, and the Synergy Racing crew were introduced to an incredible ten year old boy named Zane. Zane was born with Waardenburg Syndrome leaving him with profound hearing loss since birth. He also battles with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as Dyslexia. In addition, heterochromio leaves him with two different colored eyes.

To correct his hearing Zane underwent surgery in 1998 to receive a cochlear implant. With that his balance was still impaired and twice a week saw a therapist for assistance. He also attended a special school to improve his hearing and speech. Three years after receiving the implant complications arose and Zane was forced to endure emergency surgery.

This amazing boy quickly became an inspiration for the Synergy Racing team. Drivers and crew members played host to Zane and his family as they toured the Synergy paddock area at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Zane even tried out the driver's seat of the #80 Shoes For Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche as the team and crew looked on.

"It was great having Zane there, we had him in the car checking out the belts. Its experiences like that that really make you appreciate what you have," Murry stated.

For the next month the Shoes for Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche will prepare for the upcoming race held at Synergy Racing's home track, VIRginia International Raceway. The entire team is looking forward to a good showing. They feel that lessons learned at Homestead will definitely carry through to benefit them during the Virginia race.

"We should do very well at VIR and not just because it is the team's home track. We are able to fix the problems we had at Homestead and will do very well," added Murry.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Lehman Keen