Watkins Glen III: Synergy Racing qualifying report

Synergy Racing Rx.com Daytona Prototype on Second Row for Crown Royal 250 at The Glen Points-leader Stanton qualifies Synergy GT Porsche in 10th place WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 23, 2005) -- Burt Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) scored Synergy ...

Synergy Racing Rx.com Daytona Prototype on Second Row for Crown Royal 250 at The Glen Points-leader Stanton qualifies Synergy GT Porsche in 10th place

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 23, 2005) -- Burt Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.) scored Synergy Racing's best qualifying position of the season in the Rx.com No. 8 BMW Doran JE4 on Friday. Burt recorded a 1:45.600 lap during qualifying for the Crown Royal 250 on Watkins Glen International's 3.4-mile 'long course.'

"I had to pass another DP on each of my fastest laps, but I gave it everything I had out there and we just got faster every lap," said Burt, who shares the Rx.com machine with his younger brother Brian Frisselle (Aventura, Fla.). "The Synergy Racing guys gave me a really good car today, and I know that we will be even better in the race."

"I'm really happy. We have such a good race car, and now we have the chance to be starting close to the front, and don't have to battle our way through all the slower cars," said Brian. "Burt did a great job, and hopefully we can just get a good clean start and he turns the car over to me in good shape and we can be there at the end for a good result."

Although the brothers have yet earn a podium finish this season, they have proven race after race their Rx.com Daytona Prototype has the speed to run up front. During their last visit to The Glen, Brian raced his way into the lead only to have a poorly timed caution take the brothers out of contention. Similar incidents of bad luck have plagued the team this season, but Burt hopes smart racing will at least eliminate any incidents in turn one at the start.

"We will just settle in at the start, and try and get through everything clean," said Burt. "I don't really like starting on the outside here, but hopefully people will be smart at the start and we can get to racing, but I think we should be really strong."

GT Points leader to start 10th
Points-leader Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) qualified the Synergy Racing No. 80 Porsche GT3 Cup 10th in the GT class for Saturday's race. Stanton turned a 1:57.567 lap averaging 104.111 mph in his first qualifying effort for Synergy this season. David Murry (Atlanta, Ga.) had qualifying duties in the No. 80 Porsche at all of the previous races this season, but the team decided to switch things up for the Crown Royal 250, allowing Stanton to qualify and Murry to take it to the checkered.

"I'm optimistic about the race. We are trying some different things and thinking outside the box as we setup the car," said Stanton, who holds a 17-point lead over BMW rival Joey Hand. "We're in the middle of development still, so I'm very optimistic that when we get on the other side of it we'll be even quicker."

Stanton's qualifying lap was the car's quickest of the weekend and tops the best lap recorded by Stanton and Murry during their last race on The Glen's 'long course' earlier this season.

Van Wijk gets new co-driver this weekend
Mae Van Wijk (Houston, Texas) got out of her No. 81 Porsche GT3 Cup sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com, following qualifying with a smile on her face.

"I'm really happy with the car," she said. "The qualifying session was so much better than early today with all the fog and rain. It was fantastic conditions--a good breeze to dry the track and cool air to run through the engine."

The 22-year-old racer turned a 2:04.068 lap during qualifying and will start on the ninth row of the GT grid on Saturday. As part of Synergy's strategy change this weekend, Van Wijk will be relieved in the No. 81 Porsche by Craig Stanton instead of David Murry, who has pulled double duty in both of the team's Porsche for most of the season.

"I'm excited to get to race with Mae this weekend and looking forward to pulling double duty in both Synergy Porsches," said Stanton. "My training and use of GlycoMax is the only reason why I'm able to jump from one car to the next during the race and not worry about getting exhausted."

Between practice and qualifying sessions on Friday, Van Wijk monitored the latest projections and details of Hurricane Rita. "I'm really glad it doesn't look like Houston's going to get a direct hit," said Van Wijk. "I talked to my mom earlier today, and they were still making preparations for the storm. Now that qualifying is over, I about to give her another call and find out what's going on."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Joey Hand , Burt Frisselle , Craig Stanton , Mae Van Wijk