Synergy Racing Grabs Podium Finish at California Speedway Rx.com Daytona Prototype Runs Up Front for Second-Straight Race FONTANA, Calif. (April 2, 2005) -- Synergy Racing scored its first Rolex Sports Car Series podium finish of the season...
Synergy Racing Grabs Podium Finish at California Speedway
Rx.com Daytona Prototype Runs Up Front for Second-Straight Race
FONTANA, Calif. (April 2, 2005) -- Synergy Racing scored its first Rolex Sports Car Series podium finish of the season today with its No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup finishing third in the GT class in the Ferrari Maserati 400 at California Speedway. David Murry, of Atlanta, Ga., started the No. 80 Porsche fourth on the starting grid, and Long Beach's Craig Stanton had it as high as second before bringing it to the checkered for the third-place podium finish.
"We had some issues where we couldn't get the car to turn, so we threw a bunch stuff at it before qualifying and it actually worked," said Murry. "But it only worked okay with new tires. As the tires got old, it started acting up and I started getting a vibration.
"The team has made some modifications from the last race in Homestead, and I definitely think that had something to do with our improved performance in qualifying and the race today," continued Murry. "We still have a long way to go. Hopefully we can get closer and closer."
"It feels really good to be on the podium," noted Stanton, who enjoyed his podium finish in front of a hometown crowd. "We've been here since Thursday, and really what the driver does is the end result of a long bit of adjusting, engineering, adding and subtracting by our crew. We're the ones who get up on the podium, but we couldn't be there without those guys. They were all with us in Victory Lane, which I thought was really neat today."
Synergy Racing's No. 81 Porsche, sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com, finished 16th in the GT class. Mae Van Wijk, of Houston, Texas, started the Porsche in the 24th GT position and was able to gain six spots before handing the controls over Murry on lap 33. Murry picked up another two positions to take the checkered in 16th.
"Mae did a great job and moved way up from where she started from," remarked Murry. "I only got in the No. 81 car for about 15 minutes on Friday to help set it up, and we let Mae have the remainder of the practice time to get more comfortable with the track. She was only three seconds off the car and didn't make any mistakes all weekend, so I really think that worked well for her."
Rx.com Daytona Prototype Runs Up Front Los Angeles-native Burt Frisselle took the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 to the front of the pack to lead for the second-straight race during the Ferrari Maserati 400. Burt claimed the lead on lap 22 during a caution and held it for 18 of the race's 86 laps.
The Rx.com Daytona Prototype lost the lead as it neared its pit stop and the Hoosier tires began to let go. However, before Burt could bring the BMW-powered machine into the pits, the No. 20 Daytona Prototype got into the Rx.com car.
"We were running on the tires that we qualified on, so after that last show they really fell off and we were really just hanging on," said Burt. "There was a big mess in the banking and one of the Crawfords got into me and did some good damage. I was just kind of limping around and unfortunately had contact with the No. 6, and that kind of finished us off."
Burt brought the Rx.com Daytona Prototype into the pits with major suspension damage. The crew quickly went to work and was able to repair the car, but only after losing substantial ground to the leaders. Brian Frisselle was eventually able to return the car to the race to take the checkered flag 18th in the Daytona Prototype class and 31st overall.
Water Leaks Ends Grand-Am Cup Race Early Synergy Racing also fielded the No. 81 Porsche 997 of Brent Martini, of Laguna Beach, and Kelly Collins, of Newport Beach, in Saturday's Grand-Am Cup Series race. After a rocky start to the season, the No. 81 Porsche started 11th and was running competitively in the 200-mile race before a water leak brought an early end to the day for the team, which eventually finished 39th in the Grand Sport class and 57th overall.
The Grand-Am Cup event will be aired on SPEED Channel on Saturday, April 16 at noon EDT.
Round four of the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series is the U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. The April 30-May 1 event will be the first visit to Laguna Seca for both series.