Synergy Racing Breaks In New Porsche 997s in Opening Round of Grand-Am Cup Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 4, 2005) -- Synergy Racing christened its pair of new Porsche 997s on Friday, competing in round one of the Grand-Am Cup Series at ...
Synergy Racing Breaks In New Porsche 997s in Opening Round of Grand-Am Cup Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 4, 2005) -- Synergy Racing christened its pair of new Porsche 997s on Friday, competing in round one of the Grand-Am Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway. The team's No. 80 Porsche finished 18th overall, while the No. 81 Porsche took 20th.
Blake Rosser, of Henderson, Nev., had a thrilling start to the race at the wheel of the No. 80 car. "The start was my highlight, because I basically passed about 12 cars, I think, because everyone stayed kind of high and I went to the low side past start-finish," said Rosser, who started the No. 80 Porsche in the 40th position. "I think I got a couple more cars in turn one, and that was my highlight. After that, it was just very hard to run with those BMWs and Mustangs."
Rosser's co-driver, David Murry of Atlanta, Ga., was able to gain even more ground when he took the reigns of the Porsche and piloted it to the 18th-place finish.
Brent Martini, of Laguna Beach, Calif., started the No. 81 Porsche in the 20th position, but had worked his way up to 10th place when a caution flag came out.
"Right now we have about a 10th-place car," Martini said. "That's all it's got in it. And that's where I was running during my opening stint. But on one of the restarts, I got caught up behind the No. 91. I got behind it because it was keeping up the pace before, but I guess it missed a gear or something and within a few seconds all those positions I gained were gone.
Martini's teammate, Kelly Collins of Newport Beach, Calif., started to make up some ground, but struggled with new-car gremlins and an extra fuel stop that resulted in the No. 81 Porsche's 20th-place finish.
"We didn't have any problems the whole weekend, other than some air in the brake lines," Collins said. "And this morning the car felt fantastic. It was a full-on race car. And come race time, just about everything this side of crashing the car when wrong--the electronics, the dash, the handling was pulling hard to the right, and we lost the radio as I was leaving the pits."
In their first race, both cars struggled with problem rare to Porsches in the past -- fuel economy.
"We both had to make an extra stop, compared to the other cars," said Murry, whose No. 80 Porsche made two stops while his teammates in the No. 81 made three. "(The No. 81) came in a lap before us, and I guess they misjudged and didn't take on as much fuel. So, even two stops weren't enough for them.
"Kelly and I were running within a second of each other, and that's pretty much where we are at right now. We'll get some things looked at, but the Mustangs and BMWs are really strong. Its fun racing. I had a great time running up front last year and would like to be back there. So, the 997 I hope will be up there."
In addition to today's Grand-Am Cup race, Synergy Racing will field four entries in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which will see the green flag fall at noon on Saturday.