Birmingham: Frisselle brothers qualifying report

Birmingham, AL (30 July 05)-- Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series is unlike almost any other form of racing because two drivers share the race car due to the endurance format of the races. Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle have not only been...

Birmingham, AL (30 July 05)-- Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series is unlike almost any other form of racing because two drivers share the race car due to the endurance format of the races. Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle have not only been sharing the car during the races, but they have also been sharing the qualifying duties as well.

On Saturday, it was younger brother Brian, racing in his rookie season of Daytona Prototype competition, who was doing the work in the Synergy Racing BMW/Doran as he made his third qualifying attempt of the season, and scored yet another top-ten spot on the grid with a fast lap time of 1:23.461-seconds at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

For Brian, who has stepped up to the high-horsepower machines after a successful career in the formula car ranks, the result was not quite what he'd been hoping for after the qualifying session was cut in half, leaving him wishing for just one more lap to get even closer to the front.

"It's too bad we only got seven minutes out there because I know we could have improved even more," said Brian. "I went out with the first line of cars, and I caught up to EFR on my first lap, and he was nice enough to just let me get by so I had a couple of clean laps. I might have left a little bit on the table, but this car is so much better than it's been all weekend and I know we'll be quick in the race tomorrow."

Brian, who has a career-best qualifying result of seventh, will start the race in tenth and hopes to have a clean run in the opening stages and to turn over a scratch-free race car to his brother Burt during the race.

"Brian did a great job today," said Burt. "We didn't really find the sweet spot with the car until this morning, and now we are pretty confident about the race because the car is very quick. Hopefully Brian can have a good clean start to the race, and we can take it to the front again like we have before, and get a good finish here at Barber because we want to get some momentum going in the points, and this would be a great place to get that started."

Sunday's race will be broadcast live on Speed Channel beginning at 1:00 PM EST.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle