Homestead: Synergy Racing Thursday report

Synergy Racing Opens Grand Prix of Miami Weekend with Successful Practice MIAMI, Fla. (March 3, 2005) -- Synergy Racing took to the track Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the opening practice for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami. Rx.com...

Synergy Racing Opens Grand Prix of Miami Weekend with Successful Practice

MIAMI, Fla. (March 3, 2005) -- Synergy Racing took to the track Thursday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the opening practice for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami.

Rx.com Daytona Prototype 12th Fastest
Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle, of Aventura, Fla., turned the 12th fastest time of the day in the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4. The pair clocked a 1:15.784 lap averaging 109.258 mph around the 2.3-mile road course.

"We did our fastest lap of the day on our last lap on very old tires, so I am really happy about how much progress we made today," Burt said. "The field is so incredibly tight for this race, with nearly 20 guys within two seconds of the fastest time, that to be where we are with old tires, it's a good confidence boost heading into qualifying."

Burt, 23, recorded a podium finish at last year's Grand Prix of Miami, his first-ever Rolex Sports Car Series race. However, Brian has never competed at the track and used Friday's practice to familiarize himself with the course.

"Its my first time here, so I am still working on finding all the speed that's in the car," said Brian, the youngest competitor in the premier Daytona Prototype field at 21 years old. "Burt and I will go over the data tonight so I can see where to find some tenths out there, but overall, I feel like I am pretty comfortable here at Homestead. The banking is impressive, and I was initially surprised at how much different the banking was here than what I experienced at Daytona last month. I think today we have started to show what we are capable of, and hopefully we can surprise some people tomorrow!"

Synergy's GT Entries 11th, 14th in Class
Synergy Racing's trio of GT drivers put together the 11th and 14th quickest lap times during Thursday's practice. Craig Stanton, of Long Beach, Calif., and David Murry, of Atlanta, Ga., partnered in the No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup for a 1:22.681 lap at 100.144 mph, while Mae Van Wijk, of Houston, and Murry teamed up for a 1:23.297 lap at 99.403 mph in the No. 81 Porsche sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com.

Practice was cut short for the No. 81 Porsche when Van Wijk took Homestead-Miami Speedway's tricky turn one a bit too fast and got into the barriers.

"The bumps make it a little bit hairy in turn one," said Van Wijk, who is the youngest female competing in the Rolex Series and the only female in the GT class. "I was trying to increase the speed and took a little too big of a chunk that time. (The damage) is mostly cosmetic -- the bodywork, radiator and things. We'll be ready to go at 9 a.m. tomorrow for the next practice session. Basically, the car is pretty good mechanically. We've just got a few things here and there to work out."

Rx.com Drivers Visit Speediatrics
Rx.com drivers Burt and Brian Frisselle arrived in Homestead early on Thursday to pay a visit to the Betty Jane France Pediatrics Center, Speediatrics at Homestead Hospital. The brothers signed autographs for patients and showed their racing helmets. Brian added his name to prestigious wall of famous motorsports visitors to the unit, signing his name beside his older brother's autograph, which was added during a visit at a past race.

The Betty Jane France Pediatrics Center, Speediatrics at Homestead Hospital, opened in April 2002. Designed with a motorsports theme, it is the only dedicated pediatric unit in the Miami-Dade area. Speediatrics will soon have a new home, relocating to a larger state-of-the-art facility.

Grand Prix Qualifying Friday
Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami, round two of the Rolex Sports Car Series, is slated to get underway at 4:15 p.m. on Friday. The GT entries will take to the track for a 15-minute group qualifying session and will be followed by the Daytona Prototypes in a 15-minute session.

SPEED Channel to Broadcast Grand Prix Live
Synergy Racing can be seen competing in the Grand Prix of Miami live on SPEED Channel this Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. ET. Synergy Racing's performance throughout the event weekend can also be followed on the Internet with live timing and scoring available at grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Craig Stanton , Brian Frisselle