Phoenix: Synergy Racing GT race report

Synergy Racing Takes Fifth in Phoenix, Maintains Points Lead PHOENIX, Ariz. (September 9, 2005) -- The Synergy Racing No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup of Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) and David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) took fifth place overall in the...

Synergy Racing Takes Fifth in Phoenix, Maintains Points Lead

PHOENIX, Ariz. (September 9, 2005) -- The Synergy Racing No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup of Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) and David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) took fifth place overall in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT Phoenix 250 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday night. With his 11th top-six finish in as many races, Stanton continued his hold on the points lead in the GT driver standings.

"The car ran well for a while, but then the power steering was not working as it should," remarked Murry of his opening stint. "The car really was a handful. My hands are sore, and Craig's got blisters on his hands from gripping the wheel so hard in certain parts of the track. Overall though, the car performed well."

"It was a good Porsche... it was a really good Porsche," Stanton said. "We had the best Porsche out there, but we cannot keep up with the GTOs and even the BMWs. I can't believe we got lapped with as good of a car as the team gave us. We'll just have to go back to the drawing board and see if Grand-Am is going to help us out. The Synergy team did a good job, and we had a great pit stop. You can only ask so much from the team when the rules are set as they are."

Although Stanton held onto his lead in the driver standings with 304 points, he lost four points of his advantage to BMW driver Joey Hand who passed Murry to claim second place, 17 points behind Stanton. Murry slipped to third place, only one point behind Hand with 286 points. Synergy Racing also kept its lead in the GT team standings with the No. 80 Porsche holding a 10-point lead on the TRG No. 65 entry.

Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) started the No. 81 Porsche sponsored by autobysite.com and pipeservicestt.com, 16th on the starting grid and picked up three positions during the race to take the checkered in 13th place overall. Van Wijk ran a long first stint before handing the No. 81 Porsche over to Murry for about 30 minutes. The 22-year-old then returned behind the wheel to finish out the race without a single mishap or incident--something she was striving for following the trouble she had recently at Mid-Ohio.

"I spent a lot of time in the car basically trying to over what happened in Mid-Ohio and point out that I'm not just someone trying to look good in a race car and have some fun. I'm serious about this," explained Van Wijk. "I didn't go off the track once. There's not a scratch on the car. I'm working very hard to get rid of the black cloud that's been hanging over me.

"The race was grueling. It was a tough race," Van Wijk continued. "It's a really tight track with no rest because of the lack of long straightaways. Surprisingly even though we ran separate from the Daytona Prototypes, because its such a small track, traffic was more of a handful than I anticipated it would be."

Synergy Racing will compete in two more races at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, including the Grand-Am Cup GS Luke Air Force Base 200 and Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Phoenix 250.

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