VIR: Synergy Racing news 2010-04-18

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Teams with Synergy Racing at VIR New Partnership for VIR's Home Team Danville, VA (15 April 2010)-- Synergy Racing will return to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competition next weekend at ...

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Teams with Synergy Racing at VIR
New Partnership for VIR's Home Team

Danville, VA (15 April 2010)-- Synergy Racing will return to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competition next weekend at Virginia International Raceway as the team has formed an innovative partnership with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College for the Bosch Engineering 250.

Synergy Racing, which is based on-site at the Alton, Virginia, facility and has long been a stalwart in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competition, will target success on and off the track with the race outing, which will serve as a fundraising focal point for J. Sargeant Reynolds College.

"This is a great opportunity for some very motivated students to come out to the track and be a part of a GRAND-AM weekend in a way that just wouldn't be possible otherwise," said Synergy Racing principal Cole Scrogham. "We are very excited to be going racing again and to be able to do it at our home track, working with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College makes it even more special. There are going to be a lot of folks from the school coming out to the race, and hopefully we can make it a good day at the races for everyone!"

Based in Richmond, the J. Sargeant Reynolds College connection to Synergy Racing and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is not one of happenstance, as the school has established a well-recognized automotive studies program in addition to a wide range of academic programs.

While most race fans are aware of the organizations long history of GRAND-AM sports car competition, Synergy Racing is also a well-respected and long-established service and tuner supplier for Porsche enthusiasts. J. Sargeant Reynolds is the youngest and third-largest community college in Virginia, serving over 19,000 students annually among its urban, rural, and suburban campuses, including online classes.

The College has been rapidly expanding, and is hoping that the race outing will only accelerate that process, as fans are invited to pledge to sponsor a race lap, with all the proceeds donated going to help fund the College's new Downtown Campus science lab renovations project.

Those interested in pledging to sponsor a race lap and support J       .
Sargeant Reynolds College may contact lcallahan@reynolds.edu           .

The partnership between Synergy Racing and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College will see the College colors being carried on the team's familiar No. 81 entry. The program will also see a strong contingent of students and College affiliates on hand for the race, which will mark round four of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship.

"Careers in the auto industry run the gamut from hands-on diagnostics and repair to advanced engineering and complex systems design," JSRCC Automotive Program Head Kelly Schwendeman said. "Students can work on the shop floor or in the corporate board room. It's important that they have an understanding of the options available to them."

And while the race is over a week away, the excitement has already been building, as a contingent of nearly 30 students got the chance to visit the Synergy Racing shop in March as the final touches were being applied to the No. 81 J. Sargeant Reynolds College Porsche.

The group also got to meet Long-time Synergy Racing pilot David Murry as he performed some final testing with the Porsche GT3 machine to prepare for next Saturday's 2.75-hour race outing. Murry's co-driver will be named ahead of the Bosch Engineering 250 weekend.

-source: sr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry