Mexico City: Synergy Racing race report

Murry and Keen Take Podium in Mexico for Shoes for Crews and Synergy Racing Synergy Racing traveled to Mexico for the Grand American Rolex race held at the Autodromo Hermano Rodriguez of Mexico City. The Grand American Rolex team took its first...

Murry and Keen Take Podium in Mexico for Shoes for Crews and Synergy Racing

Synergy Racing traveled to Mexico for the Grand American Rolex race held at the Autodromo Hermano Rodriguez of Mexico City. The Grand American Rolex team took its first Grand Touring (GT) class podium of the year in front of a huge crowd in one of Grand American's most exciting races. Thirteen GT class cars took to the track on Saturday, March 4th with Leh Keen and David Murry in the #80 Shoes For Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche.

Keen and Murry qualified fourth in the #80 Shoes For Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche and once the green flag dropped the co-drivers maneuvered their way into second place. Keen and Murry successfully held off the #65 Pontiac GTO while excellent pit strategy put them on the same lap as the race leader. The #80 Shoes For Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche took second place in the race proving the team's ability to develop this new Porsche. Driver David Murry commented on the car as well as the team's strategy.

"We got the car going exceptionally well and Leh did an excellent job. In the race we had a 5th place car until the caution came out. Cole [Scrogham] and Sam White made the call to wait on the caution to get the wave by. That put us on the lap with the #64 car who actually won the race. This second place finish gave us valuable points on the championship."

"Synergy has really developed into a very good team. It is very organized, very professional and very methodical. We did some testing at Virginia the week before Mexico City and I am glad we did because the set up of the car is completely different than what we ran on the 996s. We maximized what we could out of the car and got it working as best as possible. We have done quite a bit of development on the car," Murry added.

Cole Scrogham, Synergy co-owner, added his thoughts on the race and the development process of the #80 Shoes For Crews/Synergy Racing Porsche.

"We approached this race with the idea to earn points and continue to develop the car. We are up against some well developed and fast competition. We have to race smart and test hard to get competitive on a race by race basis."

Dust and dirt on the course caused some problems for the team during practice sessions. The car headed off-track in the first practice session and did the same in the final practice leading up to the race. Fortunately the damage was not detrimental and the team was able to work quickly to put the car back on track.

This recent podium boosted Synergy to 5th place in the GT class Team Point Standings as the team now prepares for the race at Homestead Miami Speedway. Synergy and the rest of the Grand American Rolex series will be sharing the track the weekend of March 23rd with Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti, and the rest of the Indy Racing League. The Grand Prix of Miami will begin Saturday, March 25th at 6:30 pm EST prior to Homestead Miami Speedway's Toyota Indy 300. SPEED will air coverage of the race on tape delay Saturday, March 25th at 8:00 PM EST.

Scrogham and the Synergy team are now moving on with preparations for the Miami race. Both Murry and Keen will strive to improve their performance from last years Homestead race. Murry took a 4th place finish in 2005, while Keen finished 5th. Scrogham reiterated the importance of the car development and the prospect of another podium.

"We are going to continue developing the car and expect to contend for race wins at every track on the schedule. [Leh and David] are both fast drivers. Leh has exceeded my high expectations already in terms of speed, and pairing him with a veteran like David should produce a very competitive package by the end of the season," Scrogham stated.

-sr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Dan Wheldon , Lehman Keen , Cole Scrogham , Danica Patrick