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Rolex Series' Youngest Female Hopes for Better Luck during Second Trip to The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2005) -- Mae Van Wijk, the youngest female driver in the Rolex Sports Car Series, hopes for better luck in Friday's CompUSA 200...

Rolex Series' Youngest Female Hopes for Better Luck during Second Trip to The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2005) -- Mae Van Wijk, the youngest female driver in the Rolex Sports Car Series, hopes for better luck in Friday's CompUSA 200 than she had at Watkins Glen International earlier this season. Van Wijk came to The Glen in June on a mission to prove herself as an 'iron woman.' The 22-year-old Houstonian had a goal of racing five of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at the wheel of her No. 81 Porsche GT3 Cup sponsored by autobysite.com and pipeservicestt.com.

However, she fell short of her goal when the Tafel Racing No. 72 Porsche hit her from behind on lap 74 of the 150-lap race. While the offending Porsche was hardly damaged in the incident, going on to finish fourth in the GT class, Van Wijk's No. 81 Porsche sustained major damage to the rear that forced its early retirement from the race.

Although she will not be able to put in five hours behind the wheel during Friday's 200-mile sprint race, Van Wijk plans to be at the controls of the autobysite.com/pipeservicestt.com Porsche for most of the race as she continues her quest to win the first-ever Bob Akin Award, given by the Rolex Series to the top 'sportsman' GT driver at the conclusion of the season. The Dutch-born racer is currently third in the award standings, which are calculated based upon finishing position and the number of miles driven during the race.

Points Leaders Still in Search of First Win

Craig Stanton and David Murry continue to lead the points in the Rolex Series GT class with Synergy Racing's No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup. Consistency is the key to the duo's success in the point standings this season, with Stanton not finishing out of the top six. However, the pair has yet to capture their first win of the season.

It looked as though the No. 80 Porsche was going to finally make its way into Victory Lane a few weeks ago in the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. Stanton put the No. 80 machine out front and led for 38 laps. But, the pressure from the No. 16 BMW M3 became intense during the closing laps of the race and the BMW slipped around the Synergy Racing Porsche with only two laps remaining to claim victory.

While consistent top-four finishes are the goal of Murry and Stanton at every race, a spot atop the GT podium on Friday is something the pair would definitely enjoy.

Frisselles Focus on the Finish

Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking to end their frustrating run of non-finishes in the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 in Friday's CompUSA 200. The youngest full-time driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class has recently seen some small problems take them out of competitive positions late in the race.

In the last two rounds of the Rolex Series, the Frisselles have been visited by bad luck on both occasions. A headlight failed while they ran in second place late in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona, and, in the most recent round at Barber Motorsports Park, the brothers ran for more than 20 laps in third place before a half shaft broke late in the race, forcing them to retire.

"It's really frustrating to have these little problems take us out while we've been running so well," said younger brother Brian. "But the team has been working really hard, and some of these things you just have to say 'that's racing.'"

There has been a silver lining in the cloud of bad luck--and it's one of the most important ones in racing--speed. The Glen is a track where the Frisselles have shown good speed, running in the top five late in the six-hour event earlier this season before sustaining a cut tire with less than 15 minutes remaining forced them to accept a ninth-place finish.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk , Bob Akin , Brian Frisselle