Synergy Racing Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix Notebook WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 9, 2005) -- Synergy Racing travels to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix with four race cars in its stable including: the...
Synergy Racing Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix Notebook
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 9, 2005) -- Synergy Racing travels to Watkins Glen International this weekend for the Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix with four race cars in its stable including: the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype and pipeservicestt.com/autobysite.com No. 80 and No. 81 Porsche GT3 Cup cars competing in Sunday's Rolex Series Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen; and the No. 81 Porsche 81 Porsche 997 racing in Saturday's Grand-Am Cup Chemung Canal Trust 200.
Frisselles Hope to Conquer Where Their Father Could Not Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran drivers Burt and Brian Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) hope to accomplish something this weekend their father could not--a victory at The Glen. Although former IMSA champion Brad Frisselle took victories in major sports car events around the country, Watkins Glen International is one circuit he was never able conquer. This weekend, his 23- and 21-year-old sons hope to finally add the Frisselle name to the list of winners at the historic racetrack.
"I am really excited about this weekend," said elder brother Burt. "We have tested there and this track really suits our car. We have a solid high-speed balance with the Doran, and this track is almost all high-speed corners, so hopefully we can be on pace right off the truck."
"I haven't had too many laps at The Glen, but I feel like we should be competitive there," added Brian. "Going through the data and our lap times from Tremblant, we know we could have had a much better result if we hadn't had the cut tire and some other problems. So, we feel good about where we are pace wise, and just have to keep building on each race."
Van Wijk Aims for 'Iron Woman' Status Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) hopes to prove herself an 'iron woman' during Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. The 22-year-old plans on putting in approximately five hours behind the wheel of the No. 81 Porsche, sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com, during the event.
Long stints behind the wheel are something the Dutch-born driver has been working up to by increasing her workout regime between events.
"I'm strength training three times a week with a personal trainer," Van Wijk said. "She has me pumping iron, and I'm already seeing results in the car. I'm also doing cardiovascular work, and I'm able to stay in the car a lot longer without getting tired."
The work is paying off. During the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant last month, the series' youngest female driver recorded 125 laps in the No. 81 Porsche out the 164 total laps run.
Stanton, Murry Look to Extend Points Lead Craig Stanton and David Murry enter this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen with a dominant lead in the GT class. Stanton holds an 18-point advantage of his co-driver Murry, and an impressive 22-point lead over his rivals in third place--the largest margin held in the GT class this season.
Consistency has been the key to success this season for the drivers of the No. 80 Porsche, with Stanton finishing in the top-four in ever race so far. The Synergy drivers hope to further extend their points lead this weekend with yet another top-four finish. And, they hope this time it will finally take them to the top of the GT podium.
"David and I really have some momentum going after Mont-Tremblant. I think a little bit more than we had before even," said Stanton, who won the 2004 Grand-Am Cup championship co-driving with Murry. "The Synergy guys have just been working so hard on the car. I feel really, really good about this weekend."
Cobb Returns to The Glen
For the second-straight race, world-renowned Porsche racer Price Cobb (Danville, Va.) will team with Mae Van Wijk in the No. 81 Porsche, sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com. Cobb, the director of racing operations for Synergy Racing, ended a more than 10-year hiatus from Porsche racing to return behind the wheel at Mont-Tremblant with Van Wijk a few weeks ago.
Cobb has a rich history at The Glen, including a victory in the precursor to the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Cobb and Australian Vern Schuppan won the 1987 Camel Continental in the Dyson Racing No. 16 Porsche 962.
Martini, Collins Look for Grand-Am Cup Success
Brent Martini (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Kelly Collins (Newport Beach, Calif.) will pilot Synergy Racing's No. 81 Porsche 997 in the Grand-Am Cup Chemung Canal Trust 200 on Saturday afternoon. After giving the Porsche 997 its racing debut at the season-opener in Daytona, Martini and Collins have made great strides in developing the new car this season, qualifying seventh at their last race in Laguna Seca. This weekend, the duo hopes for a trouble-free race and top-10 finish in the new Porsche.