Mae Van Wijk Looking for Better Mid-Ohio Memories COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 25, 2005) -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course does not conjure many fond memories for Synergy Racing driver Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas), the Rolex Sports Car Series youngest ...
Mae Van Wijk Looking for Better Mid-Ohio Memories
COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 25, 2005) -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course does not conjure many fond memories for Synergy Racing driver Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas), the Rolex Sports Car Series youngest female racer. "The number one thing I remember is that I crashed out really bad during the first day of practice last year," remarked the 22-year-old. "It was one of the worst wrecks I've ever been in, and it ended up taking our Porsche out of that race and the next one."
This weekend, Van Wijk hopes to make some better memories at Mid-Ohio in Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic where she'll pilot the Synergy Racing No. 81 Porsche, sponsored by autobysite.com and pipeservicestt.com, with teammate David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.).
"I have a little trepidation about the track after last year," admitted Dutch-born Van Wijk. "But, it's also a challenge for me, and I love to tackle a challenge head-on. I feel like I'm a much better driver this year because of the great coaching I've been getting from David and Craig (Stanton)."
Van Wijk plans to put in a lot of time behind the wheel during Saturday's race as she continues her quest to earn the first-ever Bob Akin Award, announced earlier this year by Rolex Series officials to recognize the top sportsman in the GT class. Van Wijk is currently third in the award's point standings, which are calculated based on finishing position and the number of miles raced by the driver. With the team's philosophy of allowing her to pilot the No. 81 Porsche for the majority of the race, Van Wijk has been able close the gap between her and the leaders a little more after each race.