Watkins Glen: Synergy Racing pre-race notes

GT Points Leaders Look for Season's First Victory at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 9, 2005) -- Synergy Racing travels to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen with a strong lead in the GT point ...

GT Points Leaders Look for Season's First Victory at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 9, 2005) -- Synergy Racing travels to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen with a strong lead in the GT point standings. Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) sits atop the standings with an 18-point advantage on his Synergy co-driver David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) and an impressive 22-point lead over his nearest rivals in third place.

Consistency has been the key to Stanton's success this season, finishing in the top four in first five races of the 14-event season. However, the season's first victory continues to elude the drivers of the No. 80 Porsche. They came close to tasting victory a few weeks ago in Mont-Tremblant, where Murry battled for the lead with Joey Hand in a BMW M3 late in the race. The pair of drivers exchanged the lead several times, but when the checkered flag dropped at the end of the six-hour enduro it was Hand in the lead, and Murry brought home the No. 80 Porsche to its best finish of the season--second place.

While remaining consistent with their top-four finishes, and ultimately taking the championship, is this season's goal for Stanton and Murry, a trip to the top of the podium in Victory Lane would make their points lead even sweeter--a feat they hope to accomplish this weekend at The Glen.

"David and I really have some momentum going after Mont-Tremblant. I think a little bit more than we had before even," said Stanton, who won the 2004 Grand-Am Cup championship co-driving with Murry. "The Synergy guys have just been working so hard on the car. I feel really, really good about this weekend. It's a little different running back-to-back six-hour races but, for us, it's great. The car was so good in Canada that we can just carry that right into Watkins Glen.

"Every little bit is going to count at the end of the season for the championship so we'll just keep collecting as many points as we can in the Synergy Porsche and just see where we're at in the end," he continued. "These six-hour races are a great chance to do that. David and I know what it takes to finish one of these things and that's the first thing you have to do. After we get close to the end we'll turn it up and see what we have left."

Joining in Synergy Racing's GT effort is Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) in the No. 81 Porsche sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com. This weekend, renowned Porsche racer Price Cobb (Danville, Va.) will join 22-year-old Van Wijk for the historic Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

Official practice sessions get underway at The Glen on Friday, with qualifying for the Sahlen's Six Hour on Saturday. The green flag will fall on the historic race Sunday at 10 a.m. For additional information visit www.theglen.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Joey Hand , Price Cobb , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk