Mae Van Wijk Eager to Return to Track following Testing Accident LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 26, 2005) -- Synergy Racing driver Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) is eager to return behind the wheel of a race car in spite of the accident she was involved...
Mae Van Wijk Eager to Return to Track following Testing Accident
LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 26, 2005) -- Synergy Racing driver Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) is eager to return behind the wheel of a race car in spite of the accident she was involved in during testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Thursday. After being checked over by doctors at a local hospital and released the same day, the 22-year-old racer says she can't wait to get back on track and is ready to compete in Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio.
"I'm a little sore from the accident, but other than that I'm feeling fine and really want to get back in the car," said Van Wijk, the youngest female driver in the Rolex Sports Car Series. "It's frustrating because I know I made a mistake, and I want to work on correcting that mistake.
"This just adds fuel to the fire. I want to get back in the car and work even harder to fix it. I want to do better," she continued.
"We're glad Mae's so eager to get back to the race," remarked Cole Scrogham, Synergy Racing team owner. "She knows she made a mistake, and she's ready to forget it and move on with business of racing. That's what a pro does."
Although Van Wijk hoped to return to the track on Friday for Rolex Series practice and qualifying, doctors told her to take a day off before returning to action. "I want to get back in right away--as soon as possible. I wish I could be back there today, but I'll rest some and be ready to go on Saturday," she said.
Van Wijk's Porsche sustained substantial damage in the accident, so the Synergy Racing team immediately went to work prepping the team's back-up car for her and co-driver David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) to race. The Porsche will carry the pair's regular No. 81 and autobysite.com and pipeservicestt.com sponsorship.
"When you're in the hunt for a championship, or the Bob Akin Award like Mae is, preparation is a key component to success," said Scrogham. "Part of being a championship-caliber team is being ready for anything that could happen at the racetrack, including an accident."
Van Wijk will participate in the final Rolex Series practice session at 10:25 a.m. on Saturday and will start the No. 81 Porsche in the EMCO Gears Classic at 5:30 p.m.