Watkins Glen: Synergy Racing Saturday report

Synergy Racing to Start Second at Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 11, 2005) -- David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) will start the Synergy Racing No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup second in the GT class during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The...

Synergy Racing to Start Second at Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 11, 2005) -- David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) will start the Synergy Racing No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup second in the GT class during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

Murry, who is currently second in the GT point standings behind his co-driver Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.), turned a 1:57.734 lap at 103.963 mph--the third-fastest time during qualifying. However, Murry will start second because the TPC Racing entry was sent to the back of the grid due to a technical infraction.

After top-four finishes at every race this season, Stanton has accumulated an impressive lead in the GT point standing, holding a 22-point advantage over his closest rivals. Despite the string of strong finishes, the Synergy Racing drivers have yet to score their first victory of the season.

"The car is really good. The guys have really come together," Stanton said. "Being in the points lead does put some more pressure on you. Instead of being in sprint mode, it's more of an endurance mode. However, you don't want to be too cautious, because if you get on your heels you start making mistakes. You've got to stay on your toes and make sure we save something for the end."

Rx.com Daytona Prototype Starts on Sixth Row Burt Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) will start the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 on the sixth row after qualifying 12th for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen with a lap of 1:47.612. Traffic proved to be a major obstacle during qualifying for the 23-year-old driver, who shares the Rx.com machine with his younger brother Brian.

"I didn't space myself right to get a clean lap," said a disappointed Burt. "It was frustrating because I'd take a slow lap to give myself room, and then go for a fast lap again but then I would catch them up again before I got a clean lap. I'd be less upset if we didn't have a good race car, but we do and I think we could have been up in the top five today."

"Tomorrow is a long race though, and we really feel like we have a strong race car," continued Burt. "It was frustrating to not have been able to show it in qualifying, but we'll just look forward to tomorrow, because its going to be hot out there, and we feel like we have been training hard just for this kind of race. The car is very drivable, even on old tires, so hopefully we can get another good finish here tomorrow and pick up some points."

Van Wijk Ready for 'Iron Woman' Stint Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) qualified 22nd in the GT class in the No. 81 Porsche GT3 Cup, sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com. "The car is doing pretty good," Van Wijk said. "Qualifying didn't show everything I had. The session was cut short due to a black flag, so I only got two laps in."

The 22-year-old driver, the youngest female in the Rolex Series, hopes to record five hours behind the wheel during the historic event. "My goal is to get as much time behind the wheel as possible to help me in the standings for the Bob Akin Award," explained Van Wijk, who hopes the first-ever sportsman award will go to a sportswoman.

World-renowned Porsche racer Price Cobb (Danville, Va.) will relieve Van Wijk behind the wheel during the six-hour enduro.

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