Said and Cunningham to Co-Drive No. 8 Porsche Doran at Barber BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 26, 2006) --Road racing stalwart Boris Said and third-generation racer Brian Cunningham will share the No. 8 Synergy Racing Porsche Doran in this weekend's ...
Said and Cunningham to Co-Drive No. 8 Porsche Doran at Barber
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 26, 2006) --Road racing stalwart Boris Said and third-generation racer Brian Cunningham will share the No. 8 Synergy Racing Porsche Doran in this weekend's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park (LIVE on SPEED, Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m. ET), Round 11 of the 14-race 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.
Said was victorious in his last Rolex Series start, with Daytona Prototype points leader Jorg Bergmeister in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley, in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen in June. The California native also won the GT class qualifying race in the GAINSCO Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this season.
Cunningham, the grandson of sports car pioneer Briggs Cunningham, has competed in numerous Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup Series events during his career, finishing third in the 2003 Rolex Series GT class championship. The Porsche 250 will be Cunningham's first Rolex Series start of the season.
The No. 8 machine--which had been driven by brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle in the first nine races this season--missed the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona last month as a result of crash damage suffered in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio. The crew has worked endlessly to put the machine back on the grid and the No. 8 Porsche should be considered a factor in Sunday's 250-mile event.
"We've only had this car completed and ready to go for about a week," said Synergy Racing team owner Cole Scrogham. "It's hard to put together a strong driver lineup in one week's time, but we were able to do it. We're fortunate to have drivers with the experience of Boris and Brian in the car, and hopefully, the bad luck we've endured throughout the season has gone away."
Thursday is a scheduled promoter test day at the 2.38-mile, 16-turn permanent road course. The first official practice for the Porsche 250 will take place Friday at 9:10 a.m. local time. The official website of Grand American Road Racing, www.grandamerican.com, will provide live timing and scoring for all on-track activity throughout the race weekend.