Watkins Glen II: Synergy Racing qualifying report

Points Leaders to Start on Fourth Row in CompUSA 200 at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2005) -- David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) will start the points-leading No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup on the fourth row of the GT grid in Friday's CompUSA 200 at...

Points Leaders to Start on Fourth Row in CompUSA 200 at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2005) -- David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) will start the points-leading No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup on the fourth row of the GT grid in Friday's CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen International. Murry turned the seventh-fastest lap during GT qualifying, clocking in at 1:26.253 and averaging 115.668 mph around The Glen's 'short' 2.45-mile circuit.

"The car is OK, but the setup is not where we want it to be," admitted Murry, who shares the No. 80 Porsche with Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) "We're still struggling with that, but we'll do some more work and try out a few things during evening practice. Right now we're not looking for more speed as much as we are a strong, consistent car that's ready to run the distance in the race."

Synergy Racing's No. 80 entry is the second-fastest Porsche on the GT grid, with the remaining top spots occupied by BMW M3s and Pontiac GTO.Rs, which Rolex Series officials began allowing to use larger restrictors at this event. "I was a bit surprised by the series' decision to open up the restrictors for the Pontiacs. We were one of the fastest cars in Birmingham, and there was still a Pontiac ahead of us (in practice). I'm not sure why the series felt they needed a break since the car is still in development and has only run two races," commented Murry.

The increase in power to their competitors is not a deterrent for Murry and Stanton, who continue to seek their first victory of the season. "I'm a firm believer that just because you aren't the fastest car on the track doesn't mean you can't win the race. It might be a bit harder, but there is a lot that can happen during race. And, we're only six tenths of a second off the pole," noted Murry.

Consistency has been the key to Synergy Racing's points lead this season, with Stanton not finishing out of the top six all season. However, no amount of podium finishes can equate to the thrill of victory, which was taken from the team only two laps before the checkered flag at Barber Motorsports Park a few weeks ago.

"We have the championship in mind, but we don't come to the race to finish in second place. We want to win. Barber was bitter sweet. It's nice to be on the podium and keep the points lead, but we want to win," declared Murry.

The No. 80 Porsche is not the only car Murry will be at the wheel of during Friday's race at The Glen. He will also relieve the Rolex Series' youngest female driver, Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas), in the No. 81 Porsche GT3 Cup sponsored by autobysite.com and pipeservicestt.com. Van Wijk will start the No. 81 machine 21st on the GT grid following her lap of 1:20.582 at 109.454 mph during GT qualifying.

Brian Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) will start the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 in the 12th position overall thanks to this 1:09.985 lap at 126.027 mph during Daytona Prototype qualifying. Brian and his older brother Burt are still in search of their first podium finish of the season. The young driving duo had the Rx.com entry in the lead at two races this season and ran in second and third place late in the race during at the last two rounds. However, a string of bad luck has kept the brothers from their first podium finish.

The CompUSA 200 will get underway at Watkins Glen International on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. The race will air tape-delayed on SPEED Channel later in the evening on Friday at 10 p.m. ET. Live timing and scoring is available online during the race at grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk , Brian Frisselle