Wheel Enhancement Porsche's strong run has disappointing finish in Grand-Am Cup season opener DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 27, 2006) -- After a powerful run to the front of the field of 75 race cars, the Synergy Racing No. 81 Wheel Enhancement...
Wheel Enhancement Porsche's strong run has disappointing finish in Grand-Am Cup season opener
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 27, 2006) -- After a powerful run to the front of the field of 75 race cars, the Synergy Racing No. 81 Wheel Enhancement Porsche 997 of Brent Martini, of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Patrick Long, of Las Vegas, Nev., had a disappointing 28th-place finish when it ran out of fuel on the final lap of the race.
After posting the 12th fastest time during qualifying, Martini started the Wheel Enhancement Porsche 46th due to a paperwork rules violation. However, he was able to maneuver his way up through the field and handed over control of the Porsche to Long in the 16th position during a full course caution.
Long continued the Wheel Enhancement Porsche's push to the front and was running in sixth place overall when he took the white flag. Unfortunately, the Porsche ran out of fuel on the final lap, leaving Long stranded on the 3.56-mile circuit and keeping him from taking the checkered. The fuel mishap resulted in a 28th-place finish for the Porsche.
"It's very disappointing," said Martini. "It was great to see Pat run at the front, but obviously the finish is extremely disappointing. We tested all of our fuel gauges, warning lights and back-up this morning to know how far we could go, and everything was working fine. But, the warning light never came on. It just ran out of fuel."
"It's definitely a tough break," admitted Long. "The car was running really well, and a top-10 finish would have been fantastic. Like Brent said, its very disappointing because we had a far better car than that result shows."
The Grand-Am Cup Series will take a break before it kicks back into gear in April at Synergy Racing's home track--Virginia International Raceway. Synergy Racing will field five Rolex Sports Car Series entries in Saturday's Rolex 24 At Daytona, including the No. 8 Rx.com Porsche Doran Daytona Prototype and four GT entries led by the No. 80 SHOES FOR CREWS® Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.