SCC: Santo Domingo: Synergy Racing Friday notes

Synergy Racing Takes to the Track for the First Time Ever in Santo Domingo ALTON, Va. (March 10, 2005) -- Synergy Racing took to the track for the first time today at Las Americas Autodromo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Drivers Brent ...

Synergy Racing Takes to the Track for the First Time Ever in Santo Domingo

ALTON, Va. (March 10, 2005) -- Synergy Racing took to the track for the first time today at Las Americas Autodromo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Drivers Brent Martini, of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Kelly Collins, of Newport Beach, Calif., piloted the No. 81 Porsche 997 during the opening practice sessions for this weekend's Miller Grand-Am Cup 200.

The Southern California duo's best lap time came during the opening practice session, turning a 1:26.139 lap averaging 69.167 mph around the twisty circuit, giving the No. 81 Porsche 997 the 16th quickest time during the session.

With this weekend's event being the first-ever race for the Grand-Am Cup Series in the Caribbean, drivers spent most of Friday's practice sessions learning the track.

"This is a very technical track. It has a nice rhythm," Martini said. His co-driver Collins added, "It's basically the equivalent to Moroso in the United States."

While the driver's spent the day familiarizing themselves with the 1.6-mile, 11-turn Las Americas Autodromo circuit, the Synergy Racing crew worked on optimizing the setup of the No. 81 Porsche 997 for the track.

"Unfortunately our car is not well geared for this track. Second is too short and third is too long, and there's really not much we do about that," explained Martini.

"We spent today working on the car's balance to carry more speed into the corners," he continued. "The guys are doing a great job considering they are working in the worst conditions with the heat and dirt. But, it's worth it to come here and see the locals who are truly diehard race fans."

Both drivers agree racing in the Dominican Republic is far different than anything they have experienced before.

"The atmosphere is very good, but you can tell we are in a third world country," Collins noted.

"It really makes you appreciate what we have in the States," added Martini.

Qualifying for the Miller Grand-Am Cup 200 will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, and the green flag is slated to fall on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET for the 125-lap, 206-mile race with a three-hour time limit. Live timing and scoring will be available for all on-track sessions at www.grandamerican.com.

Las Americas Autodromo is located 15 minutes outside of Santo Domingo on the Caribbean Sea. Tickets for the Miller Grand-Am Cup 200 will be available at the track beginning Saturday. Additional information on Las Americas Autodromo is available online in English at www.lasamericasracetrack.com. A Spanish Web site featuring information on the Miller Grand-Am Cup 200 can be found at www.cnd.com.do/minisites/grandamcup.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kelly Collins , Brent Martini