Frisselle Optimistic After Taking Fifth on Barber Motorsports Park Grid
Birmingham, AL-(8 April 2011) Brian Frisselle will start round three of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Championship from fifth on the Barber Motorsports Park grid after netting a fast lap time of 1:22.741 seconds with the No. 77 Office Depot Ford-Dallara.
Frisselle will open the race from inside the third row for the start of the 2.75-hour sprint event before turning the machine over to Doran Racing co-driver Henri Richard, who is currently leading the MESCO Rookie of the Year points standings.
Richard will man the controls during the middle stages of the race before Frisselle returns to the cockpit to close the race and chase a strong finish. The duo used this game plan at Homestead Miami Speedway, but after Richard made accidental contact with a GT Class entry, the the race ended much sooner than the duo had been hoping.
On Saturday, the abrasive Barber Motorpsorts Park track surface is expected to once again create accelerated tire wear, something that the Doran Racing engineers have been working to address.
We just want to get a good clean start and see how the race plays out.
“That was not quite everything that we wanted to get out of the session, but after flat-spotting my tires on an early lap that set us back a little bit,” said Frisselle. “Even though we were hoping to be starting closer to the front, we have a car that I think is going to be better over the long run. We might not have the one lap pace of the other guys, but we showed in Homestead that if you can be easy on the tire, you can move up as the race goes on. That’s the plan for tomorrow. We just want to get a good clean start and see how the race plays out. Henri has been working very hard and I think if we can keep the car underneath us we should be able to move forward and be in a good position at the finish.”