New Challenge for Brian Frisselle
3 March 2011-From the front of the field to the thick of a championship battle to the top of the podium, Brian Frisselle has experienced just about everything in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competition. But starting with the Grand Prix of Miami this weekend, he'll have a new role to play as he serves as the anchor driver for GRAND-AM's newest Pro-Am combination.
Frisselle, who has four Rolex Sports Car Series wins to his credit, will team with Henri Richard in the No. 77 Office Depot Ford-Dallara as the duo target a podium finish in round 2 of the 2011 Rolex Sports Car Series championship. Richard, who raced motorcycles in his native France as a youngster and has a wide range of experience in GT machines, showed well in his Daytona Prototype debut in the Rolex 24 season-opener. Richard will do battle for the Pro-Am championship crown as he stages an ambitious rookie year of Daytona Prototype competition.J The Rolex 24 saw the No. 77 Office Depot machine shared by Frisselle, Richard, and two other co-drivers, but Homestead event weekend will mark the debut for the Frisselle and Richard two-driver combination.
"This is a new experience for me and I'm really looking forward to it," said Frisselle, who finished 3rd in the 2009 GRAND-AM championship. "Driving for a team that has the history and depth of experience that Doran Racing has is a great opportunity for me. Henri did a great job at Daytona and was very smart with his approach, so we will build on that this weekend. I'm very motivated to be a part of his progress and think we will get even stronger as the season progresses."
The opening round saw the Office Depot effort compromised after a co-driver suffered damage and the machine was not able to finish. But with a compact field and the move to the sprint race format, Frisselle is optimistic about gaining some championship traction this weekend.
"The Rolex 24 didn't end at all like we were hoping that it would, but we've got the chance to make up some ground at Homestead this weekend. We were encouraged with how things went in testing and even though there are not as many cars entered this weekend as there were at the 24, they are all very strong teams. So we know it's going to be very competitive, but I can't wait to get down there and get going."