Daytona 24: Synergy Racing nine hour report

Synergy Racing Continues to Persevere After Rocky Start at Rolex 24 At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 4, 2005) -- With one third of the Rolex 24 At Daytona complete, all four of the Synergy Racing entries continued to race at Daytona ...

Synergy Racing Continues to Persevere After Rocky Start at Rolex 24 At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 4, 2005) -- With one third of the Rolex 24 At Daytona complete, all four of the Synergy Racing entries continued to race at Daytona International Speedway. However, the first eight hours of racing was not trouble-free for the Synergy Racing foursome.

The Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran ended the eighth hour 22nd in the Daytona Prototype class and 42nd overall, the highest running entry for the team. The Rx.com Daytona Prototype started the event strong, running as high as 12th after starting 20th. After clean, smooth-running stints by Burt and Brian Frisselle and Tommy Erdos, Mike Newton was more than halfway through his first run when the CV joint failed.

The team brought the Rx.com car into the garage for repairs, and Burt Frisselle returned it to the track. Although he had to make two quick trips to the pits shortly after getting back in the race to resolve a handling problem and headlight outage, the remainder of Burt's run went smoothly, and he turned some impressive lap times. He handed the Rx.com Daytona Prototype over to his brother Brian, who was at the wheel when the eighth hour drew to a close.

Both Team Seattle Porsches had on-track incidents during the first third of the race. Don Kitch Jr. was in his opening stint in the No. 80 Porsche when he was clipped by the No. 39 Pontiac Riley, cutting a tire and stranding him out in turn six. The No. 80 Porsche was towed back for a quick tire change and has been running fairly consistently since then, finishing the eighth hour in 24th in class and 49th overall.

The Team Seattle No. 81 Porsche had an early flat tire that forced it to pit early to replace it. Mae Van Wijk took the second stint in the car and was about to bring it into the pits for a driver change when she was involved in a three-car accident that resulted in substantial front left damage to the Porsche.

"What I think happened was it was a bad combination of three drivers not paying full attention," Van Wijk said. "I felt that I was going to be able to bring the car in. The next thing you know, we're both nose-to-tail, bottled up. One guy slammed on his brakes, the other guy slammed on his brakes and started to spin, and I had no place to go except for his right rear."

Although the damage was severe to the Porsche, the Synergy Racing crew was determined to get the Team Seattle entry back on track, and it returned to the race with David Murry at the wheel before the end of the eighth hour running 30th in class and 59th overall.

Synergy Racing's No. 86 BMW Picchio has suffered the most during the first eight hours. Splitter problems sent the No. 86 Daytona Prototype to the garage twice for repairs. And Jason Workman was at the wheel in sixth hour when the car stopped on track with an electrical problem. However, the Synergy crew took everything in stride and had the No. 86 car back on track when the eighth hour closed.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Jason Workman , Mike Newton , Don Kitch Jr. , Mae Van Wijk , Brian Frisselle