Black Flag Puts Damper on Synergy Racing's Grand-Am Cup Qualifying DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 3, 2005) -- Both Synergy Racing entries into Friday's Grand-Am Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway suffered poor qualifying results...
Black Flag Puts Damper on Synergy Racing's Grand-Am Cup Qualifying
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 3, 2005) -- Both Synergy Racing entries into Friday's Grand-Am Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway suffered poor qualifying results due to a black flag that cut the 15-minute group qualifying session short.
Brent Martini, of Laguna Beach, Calif., took to the track at the start of the session in the No. 81 Porsche 997 but had to come into the pits for an adjustment before getting up to speed.
"It was very frustrating the first time out," said Martini. "We changed something with the brakes and it didn't work, so I had to come in on the first lap"
While the Synergy Racing crew was able to quickly make the needed adjustments to the Porsche and get Martini back on track, a black flag came out and cut the qualifying session short.
"The second lap out, I was getting the tires warm and then there was the black flag. So, I got kind of a fast half a lap," continued Martini.
His 'fast half a lap' came in at 2:08.225, averaging 99.949 mph and giving Martini the 20th position on the starting grid.
Synergy's other entry into the Grand-Am Cup Series, the No. 80 Porsche 997, suffered an even worse fate due to the black flag. Blake Rosser, of Henderson, Nev., was late getting the No. 80 Porsche 997 into the qualifying session due to the crew finishing some repairs and adjustments. Rosser had just taken to the track and was on his warm-up lap when the black flag came out, which eventually ended the session.
Rosser's only recorded lap, his warm-up lap, was a 2:18.983 and put him at the rear of the Grand Sport class for the start of Friday's race.
The opening round of the Grand-Am Cup Series will begin at 2:15 p.m. on Friday. Live timing and scoring of the race will be available online at www.grandamerican.com.