Strong Run at Homestead ends early for Brian Frisselle
(5 March 2011) What looked to be a promising race outing for Brian Frisselle and co-driver Henri Richard at the Grand Prix of Miami ended in disappointment after contact caused significant damage to the No. 77 Office Depot Ford-Dallara and ended the day early.
The No. 77 Office Depot entry had been quick right from the start of the two-day race weekend, posting the second-fastest time of the weekend’s first practice session. The team continued to run in the top-five throughout the weekend with Frisselle posting the fifth quickest time in qualifying to start on the inside of row three.
That set the stage for a great race day drive from Frisselle, as he moved forward to run in tandem with the eventual race-winning machine. The duo established a firm lead before Doran Racing strategy saw Frisselle hit the pits to relinquish driving duties to Richard for the middle stint of the race. Unfortunately, the race was run soon thereafter as contact with a GT machine sent the DP spinning into the wall and causing significant damage, ending the day early.
"It’s really disappointing for the Office Depot guys--we were really fast today and I think we had exactly the right strategy for today,” said Frisselle. “I was taking it as easy as I could on the tires, and we were just walking from the rest of the field. It's just unfortunate to have such a strong car and not have the chance to bring the result home that we were capable of today."
Frisselle now turns his attention to the next race, as he heads to Barber Motorsports Park for Round 3 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series April 7-9. He has high hopes for a positive result with Doran Racing at the Alabama road course as both he and the Doran Racing team ran well in last year’s Porsche 250 – with Frisselle finishing seventh and Doran Racing finishing fourth.