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Martini Qualifies Synergy Racing Porsche 997 Third for Saturday's Grand-Am Cup Race in Phoenix PHOENIX, Ariz. (September 9, 2005) -- Synergy Racing driver Brent Martini (Laguna Beach, Calif.) qualified the No. 81 Porsche 997 third for Saturday's...

Martini Qualifies Synergy Racing Porsche 997 Third for Saturday's Grand-Am Cup Race in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. (September 9, 2005) -- Synergy Racing driver Brent Martini (Laguna Beach, Calif.) qualified the No. 81 Porsche 997 third for Saturday's Grand-Am Cup Series Grand Sport Luke Air Force Base 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Martini clocked a 68.246-second lap during qualifying on Friday night, only 0.729 seconds off the pole-setting time.

Saturday will be the second race Martini has started the No. 81 Porsche 997 on the second row. The Californian qualified third at Barber Motorsports Park, the last race he was able to compete in due to substantial damaged suffered to the 997 during the Barber Park 200.

"We got another third, which shows we are getting more consistent," Martini said. "The Synergy guys did a great job rebuilding the car. It's still frustrating, because the accident at Barber didn't have to happen, and it caused us to miss out on Mid-Ohio, which would have been a good track for the 997."

Martini, who shares the No. 81 Porsche 997 with Kelly Collins (Newport Beach, Calif.), is excited to be back at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. "The last time I raced at PIR was two years ago with the Ferrari, because I wasn't recovered from my shoulder surgery when we came here last year," remarked Martini, who had a thrilling last-turn pass for the win in the GT class during the 2003 Rolex Series race at PIR. "I'm hoping there is still some of that good karma left over."

Echoing the thoughts of several of Synergy racers this weekend, Martini said he was looking forward to racing separate from the Sport Touring cars this weekend. "I think it's great for everyone that we get to race within our classes," he said. "I hope if we have four good races here this weekend, Grand-Am will try to work with SPEED to allow us to do this more next season and get everyone their own TV coverage."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kelly Collins