Mid-Ohio: Synergy Racing qualifying report

Synergy's Points-Leading Porsche Qualifies Fifth at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 26, 2005) -- Synergy Racing driver David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) will start the points-leading No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup on the third row of the GT grid for Saturday...

Synergy's Points-Leading Porsche Qualifies Fifth at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 26, 2005) -- Synergy Racing driver David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) will start the points-leading No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup on the third row of the GT grid for Saturday evening's EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Murry recorded a 91.313 mph lap in 1:29.021 around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile circuit for the fifth-fastest lap during Friday afternoon's GT qualifying.

"We're struggling with a push that we developed when we switched from old tires to new ones," explained Murry. "I'm not sure if there is something a little different with this batch of tires, but I heard the BMW guys saying they experienced the same problem.

"I was 0.8 seconds faster this morning in practice with the other tires, so I think it cost me about a half a second during qualifying," continued Murry, who was quickest in the GT class during the morning practice session. "We'll work on balancing the tires and adjusting the setup before the race to hopefully get rid of that push."

Murry will start the Synergy Racing No. 80 Porsche and hand it off to teammate Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) midway through the 250-mile race. Stanton currently leads the GT driver standings by an 11-point margin over BMW driver Joey Hand. Murry is third in driver standings.

Synergy Racing No. 81 Porsche Ready to Race After exiting the No. 80 Porsche, Murry will return to the track, relieving Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) in the Synergy Racing No. 81 Porsche sponsored by autobysite.com and pipeservicestt.com. Since Van Wijk was unable to participate in qualifying, she will start the No. 81 entry at the rear of the GT grid.

"It was a good idea for Mae to take it easy today. That way she can come back to the track tomorrow for a fresh start and back at 100 percent," remarked Murry of his teammate who was in an accident during testing on Thursday.

"I hopped in the back-up car today for a few laps, and it ran great. I was really impressed at how (team owner) Cole (Scrogham) and the team were able to pull out of their hat another race car so quickly. It's one thing to get another car here, but to have it show up race ready really says something about how prepared the Synergy team is."

Rookie Frisselle Qualifies Rx.com Daytona Prototype Ninth Rookie driver Brian Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) qualified the Synergy Racing Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 ninth overall for Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic. The 21-year-old driver clocked a 1:22.246 lap averaging 98.935 mph around Mid-Ohio's twisty circuit. The result wasn't quite what Brian had hoped for, as he had been solidly in the top five for the first half of the session before it was cut short due to a competitor's car catching fire.

The result was impressive given that electrical issues with the car hampered Brian and older brother Burt's efforts during Thursday's testing at Mid-Ohio, keeping the rookie Brian from getting familiar with the track in the high-powered Daytona Prototype. The Synergy Racing crew had the car sorted in time for practice on Friday, though, as Burt and Brian continued to prepare the car for Saturday night's 111-lap battle.

"The car was pretty good," said Brian. "Considering that we didn't test here in May like a lot of other teams, and we didn't really get to catch up yesterday, we feel like we have the car pretty much where we want it. I was really hoping to get more out of the session, but we have shown that we can come through the field, and we'll just shoot to do that tomorrow night."

For brother Burt, who will take the Rx.com machine over from Brian midway through the race, the qualifying result is not nearly as important as how they are able to race when it counts.

"I think Brian did a great job," said Burt. "These 15-minute qualifying sessions are a bit tricky, because you have to get lucky with the timing of getting your tires up to temp with getting a good gap in traffic, and just hoping that you don't get a black flag when you are on a flyer. That's exactly what happened to Brian, but what matters is that we made a lot of progress on the car today and feel like we can be strong tomorrow in the race."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joey Hand , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk , Brian Frisselle