Daytona II: Synergy Racing race report

Synergy Racing extends points lead with sixth at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2005) -- Synergy Racing extended its points lead in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class on Thursday with a sixth-place finish in the Brumos Porsche 250 at ...

Synergy Racing extends points lead with sixth at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2005) -- Synergy Racing extended its points lead in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class on Thursday with a sixth-place finish in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) started the points-leading No. 80 SHOES FOR CREWS Porsche at the rear of the GT grid after missing qualifying due to suspension trouble during practice. But starting 24th on the grid was not a deterrent for Murry, who quickly bullied his way to the front and was running 10th after only two laps.

However Murry's effort was erased on lap 10 when NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, in the No. 20 Daytona Prototype, clipped the SHOES FOR CREWS Porsche coming out of the international horseshow, sending it off the track.

"I think Tony was getting a little frustrated with some of the other GT cars, and I probably was the victim of that frustration," Murry said. "I came out of the international horseshoe, and Tony was behind me. We were single file. I went out to the very exit, I was an inch from the grass, and I think he decided I was going to pay the price for all the other GT guys in his way. He just knocked me off the track into the grass.

"It bent both wheels. It gave us a flat on the right front and the right rear, so we had to come in and replace that. We lost a lot of time and a lap, and that cost us a really good finish today."

The incident slid the SHOES FOR CREWS Porsche to 25th in the GT class, but Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) took to the wheel and once again powered the car to front, finishing in sixth place.

While not as high as the team had hoped for, Stanton increased his lead in the driver standings and Murry reclaimed the number two spot behind his teammate. Stanton now holds a 21-point lead over his closest rival, BMW driver Joey Hand who won the race. Murry has a three-point advantage over Hand.

"Once again, we have something here that is basically a stock (Porsche GT3) Cup car, and we're just out here gathering points," Stanton said. "We can't beat them gun-to-gun. But we sure can outsmart them. I think that we're trying to do that. We're going to press on for the second half of the season, and try to not stub our toe like I did at Watkins Glen."

"I'm glad when we have these hiccups they're not detrimental and they aren't terminal, so we can continue on and get some points," Murry added. "And it's paying off. We certainly don't have the fastest lap times out there, but we're trying to do the most consistent lap times. Craig and I have been working together for more than two years now, and Synergy is a good name for how we get along."

Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) picked up one of her best finishes of the season in Synergy Racing's No. 81 Porsche sponsored by and Van Wijk started the car 17th on the GT grid and handed off to Murry to run a stint before she brought it home in 13th. The finish is her second best of the season behind eighth place with Murry in the Grand Prix of Miami.

"For us it was pretty uneventful until towards the end. We got a nice bump in the rear end from the No. 26 car. Besides that, it went good," Van Wijk said. "It's a tough race just because it's a one-day event and everything is pushed together. There's a lot of pressure to do the qualifying and the race all in one day, so that was really tiring. But I chalk it all up to experience, and I'm ready for the next one as usual."

Burt and Brian Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) did not have the good fortune of an uneventful race in Synergy's No. 8 BMW Doran JE4. After Brian qualified the machine in eighth, he and brother Burt made it a frontrunner for most of the race. However an electrical short caused the car's brake lights to go out, and race officials forced the team to pit to repair the problem, dropping the BMW off the lead lap.

As the race drew to a close, Burt began having problems with the throttle to his BMW engine sticking. While he worked with the car for several laps trying to resolve the issue, the throttle finally became stuck open, and Burt cut power to the engine to coast off track in turn six only a few laps shy of the checkered flag.

"It's a disappointing finish for sure," said Brian. "We had a good car, got off to a good start, and then we had these problems. It's just one of those things, and it's just racing, but to be so strong and not be able to get a good finish just hurts."

"Brian did a great job in the car; I think one of his best stints and showing that he really has the speed to be competitive," said Burt. "The car was good for the first part of my stint and it was good to be fighting for the lead once again, but we had the problems with the brake lights and then later with the throttle, so it was a disappointing finish to what was a good race up until then."

Synergy Racing will return to action with both its Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup entries at Barber Motorsports Park, July 29-31.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Joey Hand , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk , Brian Frisselle