Watkins Glen III: Synergy Racing pre-race notes

Seeking Synergy with The Glen ALTON, Va. (September 21, 2005) -- Synergy Racing will make its third appearance of the season at Watkins Glen International this weekend in the Crown Royal 250, sharing the spotlight with the IRL IndyCar Series for...

Seeking Synergy with The Glen

ALTON, Va. (September 21, 2005) -- Synergy Racing will make its third appearance of the season at Watkins Glen International this weekend in the Crown Royal 250, sharing the spotlight with the IRL IndyCar Series for the second time this year. While the team's stable has not enjoyed the best of luck at the track during prior visits this season, drivers of all three entries feel their cars are well-suited for the historic circuit and hope the third time's a charm as they seek synergy with The Glen.

Rx.com drivers ready for speed
In their last visit to The Glen, brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) truly showed the competitiveness of Synergy Racing's Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran. In his first race on the 'short' course, Brian started 12th and raced his way into the lead before a poorly timed yellow flag cost them valuable track position and resulted in an 11th-place finish.

"My stint at The Glen in August was a huge confidence boost. Getting the car to the front and running in the lead is exactly what you want to do, and of course it felt good," smiled Brian. "We just have to keep our positive attitude because we know we are fast, and it doesn't matter what happened in the last race or the one before that. What matters is the race this weekend."

"Our car was obviously really good here in August, and even though the track layout is a bit different this weekend, I think Synergy Racing will have another good set-up for us," said elder brother Burt. "This is a really fast track, and I love driving it because the cornering speeds are high. There will be more places to pass on the long course, and hopefully we can motor to the front like we did last time we were here."

Van Wijk excited to join IRL
Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) looks forward to the Rolex Series joining the IRL IndyCar Series in its debut race at The Glen, and she's especially excited to see another young female racer on track.

"Seeing IRL this weekend on a road course will be great. I especially look forward to watching Danica Patrick. I'll definitely be cheering her on," said Van Wijk, the Rolex Series' youngest female driver.

Van Wijk is also enthusiastic about her own race on Saturday in the Synergy Racing No. 81 Porsche sponsored by autobysite.com and pipeservicestt.com she shares with David Murry.

"I'm definitely looking forward to this race. I always tend to do well at Watkins Glen. As far as lap times, I tend to be pretty fast there," noted Van Wijk. "My personal goal is to run a clean race and hopefully capitalize on what I learned during our first two visits to The Glen so I can step up my performance."

Points leaders feel The Glen's their track to shine
Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) and David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) hope to shake the bad luck of their prior two visits to The Glen and pick up the first win of the season for the points-leading No. 80 Porsche. While the pair were able to score sixth-place finishes at both events, an off-track excursions into the gravel during the six-hour race cost them a shot at the podium and a pit stop one lap too early negated a one-lap lead in August.

"I'm glad we're going back to the long course. There are more chances for the Porsche to close the gap on some of the other cars there," said Stanton, who holds a 17-point lead in the driver standings. "David, Harry (Haggard, engineer) and I have a great set-up, and we are going to continue working on that set-up the whole weekend.

"Watkins Glen is a better track for us than the last two tracks for sure. So I think we can really show our wears and push on for both the team and the driver championship," he continued.

"I always love racing at The Glen, and usually it's pretty good to me," remarked Murry. "I think the Synergy Porsche is better suited for that track, and hopefully we'll have luck on our side during this visit."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk , Brian Frisselle , Danica Patrick