St. Pete: Burt Frisselle race notes

Practice Session 1 Position Finished: 20th Fastest Lap Time: 01:18.703 Burt Frisselle made his rookie debut in the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series this past weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. The young driver began the weekend in a calculated...

Practice Session 1
Position Finished: 20th
Fastest Lap Time: 01:18.703

Burt Frisselle made his rookie debut in the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series this past weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. The young driver began the weekend in a calculated manner, as this was his first time racing on a street course. Frisselle stated, "Although the first day was awkward in terms of getting comfortable with racing between two concrete walls, I felt more confident by the end of the session and look forward to qualifying this afternoon."

Qualifying Session 1
Position Qualified: 13th 2Fastest Lap Time: 01:16.171

Frisselle executed a strong performance in the first qualifying session of his rookie year, finishing in a respectable P13. "Unfortunately, I was not able to perform to the best of my ability due to my car set-up," Frisselle remarked. "However, I am feeling more comfortable on the track and I am confident in my ability to accomplish faster lap times with a few changes to the car."

Qualifying Session 2
Position Qualified: 8th
Fastest Lap Time: 01:14.875

After making aggressive changes to his car set-up, young Frisselle executed an impressive performance in the second session of qualifying on Saturday morning. "The car felt better than it had all weekend." Frisselle reported. "I definitely feel that I was capable of qualifying in the top five today, but traffic on street courses can make getting clean laps quite challenging. I am very happy with my P8 finish and look forward to the race this afternoon!"

Race
Position Started: 8th
Position Finished: 6th

After minor contact in the second corner of lap one, Frisselle lost several positions in the first few laps. However, as the fuel load became lighter and the tire temperature increased, the car felt increasingly better to the young rookie. The talented driver from Hawaii was able to make several passes, as well as string together a number of fast laps, making up the ground that he initially lost. Frisselle stated "My goal going into the weekend was to place in the top ten. I am extremely pleased with a 6th place finish and I am thrilled to have executed the 4th fastest lap of the race." He went on to state, "I am definitely looking forward to our next race in Monterrey, Mexico, where I believe that I will be able to finish in the top five and challenge for a podium."

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Series Barber Pro
Drivers Burt Frisselle