Consistency the Key to Synergy Racing Points Lead DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 28, 2005) -- For two months, Synergy Racing's Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) has reined atop the Rolex Sports Car Series GT point standings. It wasn't until the last...
Consistency the Key to Synergy Racing Points Lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 28, 2005) -- For two months, Synergy Racing's Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) has reined atop the Rolex Sports Car Series GT point standings. It wasn't until the last round at Watkins Glen International that he finished out of the top four. But even then, he and teammate David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) didn't fall very far, taking sixth after an off-track excursion cost the No. 81 Porsche three laps.
This weekend, Stanton enters the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a 15-point advantage over TRG's Marc Bunting and Andy Lally in the point standings. Murry, who previously held the number two spot behind his teammate, is now three points behind the TRG pair in third.
"Things are back to normal. Now that we have the six-hour races behind us we'll sort of settle in and see what happens the rest of the season with the sprint races," Stanton said. "We wanted to add to the points total a little more at the two six hour races but we didn't get what we had hoped for at Watkins Glen. Either way, it's going to be tough.
While Stanton and Murry are happy to have Synergy Racing on top of the points as they come to the midway point in the season, both drivers know it will be a fierce battle for the championship during the second half of the season.
"We have to be consistent and not lose site of the whole picture," Murry said. "That's what put us on top of the points, and you can't get caught up on the moment. We also can't forget we have to work on developing speed to keep up with the pace of everyone else."
"Our main goal for the rest of the season, just like all year, is to get as many points as we can at every race," Stanton noted. "There are some good tracks, including Daytona on Thursday night, coming up for the Synergy Porsche. We know what we have to do if we're going to win the championship and that is where all of our focus is. There's still a long way to go though."
One of the highlights of this event for both drivers is the Rolex Series' return to Daytona International Speedway to join the NASCAR Pepsi 400 weekend.
"I am very excited to return to Daytona," Stanton said. "David and I both have been very successful there. I like the fans, I like the heritage, and, this weekend, I like that we are teaming up with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series."
"I love going to Daytona especially when we run NASCAR Nextel Cup," Murry added. "I really respect that series, and it brings back memories of when I drove the Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen."
For the first time, the Rolex Series will utilize a unique one-day format for the Brumos Porsche 250. Teams will take to the track for their first practice Thursday morning at 9 a.m., qualifying will be held at 1 p.m., and the green flag will drop at 7:15 p.m.--all in one day.
For additional information on the Brumos Porsche 250, including live timing & scoring throughout the event weekend and streaming audio coverage of the races, visit grandamerican.com.