Watkins Glen, NY (1 July 2012) – Brian Frisselle returned to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series action for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen held at historic Watkins Glen International after he was called up by Doran Racing to compete in the prestigious event along with co-drivers Jim Lowe and Paul Tracy in the No. 77 Combos Ford-Dallara.
The race marked Frisselle’s second event with the team this year as Doran Racing is competing in a select portion of the 2012 GRAND-AM schedule which includes the three races in GRAND-AM’s new North American Endurance Championship (NAEC). The NAEC began at the Rolex 24 and ends with the three-hour event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 27.
Frisselle placed seventh in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona with the Doran team while co-driving the No. 77 with Lowe, Tracy, and brother Burt, and he had hoped for another solid result for Doran Racing on Sunday - knowing it would be an even tougher race for the team since Doran runs the second-generation Daytona Prototype.
Qualifying the team on the fifth row, Frisselle opened the event from the 10th position. Running with the DP2 (previous generation Daytona Prototype), Frisselle and co were effectively fighting with one hand tied behind their backs. But with the endurance format, anything can happen so the group focused on consistent pace, quick pit stops, and a clean run of clicking off the laps.
“We knew that we were facing a majorly uphill battle and it was as expected but the car performed pretty darn well,” said Frisselle. “Jim (Lowe) drove some great laps and drove his fastest laps of the weekend during the race so I'm really proud of him. He did a great job. There is only so much the team can do to take an inferior piece of equipment and make it competitive so overall great job by the team - really great pit stops by the guys during the race and hopefully in the future we can have something we can fight with.”
Despite the disadvantage of racing the second-generation Daytona Prototype against the newer, sleeker DPG3 entries that filled the rest of the DP grid, the trio made the most of the six-hour event with Frisselle utilizing his years of experience at the legendary Watkins Glen road course to fight to 10th at the finish.
“It was fun to be back and good to be with the team again,” said Frisselle, who has won on the short course and podiumed in the six hour event. It was great to be with Jim (Lowe) and Paul (Tracy) again. I wish we had something that we could go out there and fight those guys with. It's frustrating to watch a race go on and be more of an observer of it, but none the less it's great to be back and I'm very appreciative of the Doran team for picking me to get back in the car and I hope to be back out in GRAND-AM again soon.”
Source: Frisselle Racing