Frisselle Brothers denied podium in Pacific Coast GT debut Birmingham, Alabama (July 30, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports' ...
Frisselle Brothers denied podium in Pacific Coast GT debut
Birmingham, Alabama (July 30, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports' #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R returned to GT action today in the 'Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arant', Round 11 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, with brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle taking fifth in class at the flag but coming within a handful of corners of scoring the car's third straight podium on their debut with the team at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
Brian Frisselle took the start of today's race at the stunning 2.3-mile permanent road course in the GT class, his view slightly different this time round having made 20 career starts alongside his older brother in the Daytona Prototype division. Both Burt (24) and Brian (22) showcased their skills behind the wheel of the #98 Pontiac GTO.R earlier in the weekend setting the third fastest GT time in Friday afternoon's practice before Burt claimed seventh fastest time in yesterday's 15-minute qualifying run.
Despite a spin at Turn 14 on lap 19, Brian maintained the team's attack at the sharp end of the GT action and climbed as high as third during his stint in another race littered with full-course cautions. Brian pitted on lap 46, under caution, to hand control over to Burt at the half way marker and he rejoined down in eighth but quickly set to work climbing his way back up the order. Sitting third and looking good for a podium finish on the final tour, Burt's charge was blocked by a Daytona Prototype allowing two GT rivals to slip past and drop the #98 Pontiac GTO.R down to fifth at the checkered.
"The boys did a great job for us all weekend in the #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R," said PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic. "We were one lap away from a podium today and it was a really strong GT debut for them both. We knew they would do a great job for us, and we'd love to have them race with us again. We look forward to racing the #98 car again at Infineon Raceway in a few weeks time!"
Brian Frisselle, first behind the wheel today commented, "This whole weekend was a breath of fresh air for us, to come in and be quick right out of the gate in a car and class we've never driven before is really encouraging." "We were pretty loose all day and that ended up costing us a bit, but the strategy was the right one, and Burt did a great job to bring it home in fifth. We both had a blast out there and of course we'd have loved to be on the podium, but I think we can still be pretty proud of the result here this weekend."
"The Tuttle DP really cost us a podium on that last lap! I'm not sure what he was thinking trying to race with the GT's," said Burt Frisselle. "We lost five or six seconds with that and I just couldn't hold off the guys who had new tires because we'd run about an hour and a half on ours. It was a real pleasure to race with this team, and after the season we've had, to be racing for a podium with one lap to go in our first GT race was really great."
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series heads back to Watkins Glen, New York for Round 12, the 'Crown Royal 200 at The Glen', Thursday 10th -- Friday 11th August. Full results and standings can be found online at: www.grandamerican.com