Synergy Racing Daytona test 2006-10-11

Synergy Racing's Rolex 24 prep continues with successful test at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 11, 2006) -- Synergy Racing continued its preparation for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona this week with a successful test at Daytona...

Synergy Racing's Rolex 24 prep continues with successful test at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 11, 2006) -- Synergy Racing continued its preparation for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona this week with a successful test at Daytona International Speedway. While the historic twice-around-the-clock race is more than three months away, the team's planning and preparation have been underway for several months.

"The Rolex 24 is not a race where you can wait until test days in January to begin your preparation," explained Cole Scrogham, Synergy Racing co-owner. "We began our preparation back in July, and this week's test at Daytona was the next step in the process."

Synergy Racing brought two new Porsche GT3 Cup cars and its Porsche-powered Doran Daytona Prototype to Daytona for testing. The team expects to have five entries in the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona--four Porsche GT entries and one Daytona Prototype.

The GT portion of the test was devoted to Team Seattle, the philanthropic racing organization that's partnered with Synergy Racing to raise funds for Seattle Children's Hospital during the Rolex 24. A contingent of drivers flew out from Seattle to gain experience behind the wheel of the team's new Porsches and better familiarize themselves with Daytona's 3.56-mile road course.

"Everything was great. The test was everything we needed it to be, and everything Synergy needed it to be," said Don Kitch Jr., founder and driver for Team Seattle. "The cars were spot on. Everyone got their laps and got comfortable. Right now Synergy is a well-oiled machine, and that's what Team Seattle needs to be successful for Children's Hospital--that's why we're here."

Synergy used the test to further development of its Daytona Prototype program. Led by its technical director, Gary Grossenbacher, the team tested multiple aerodynamic and suspension components to help determine the best set-up for the Rolex 24. Veteran racers Rick Knoop and David Murry took turns behind the wheel of the Porsche Daytona Prototype to help evaluate the performance of the car.

"This was an extremely beneficial test for our Daytona Prototype program," said Scrogham. "We tested some new components and gained a lot of ground in putting together the best package for the Rolex 24. Our Porsche DP turned some great lap times, which is always encouraging."

-credit: synergy racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Don Kitch Jr. , Rick Knoop , Cole Scrogham