Burt Frisselle Feeling at Home ahead of Homestead
2 March 2011 - When Burt Frisselle straps into the No. 61 AIM Autosport BMW/Riley for this weekend's Grand Prix of Miami, he won't be able to help but feeling like he is right at home.
For Frisselle, the move is a natural one, as he first raced with the Toronto-based team in 2007. AIM made the decision to allow its drivers (Frisselle and talented Canadian Mark Wilkins) to race for other teams in the season-opening event as it elected to open the season with round two at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Despite the long layoff since the season-ending race in Utah last September, it has been a busy off-season for AIM Autosport as the organization was enticed to join the BMW brigade and will now boast Dinan-tuned BMW Power mated to the venerable and class-leading Riley chassis starting this weekend.
That combination has proven to be a winning one multiple times at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Frisselle is eager to get some laps under his belt with BMW power this weekend as he looks to return to the Homestead podium in Rolex Series competition.
"This is almost the exact same group of guys that I've worked with through the years, so it is absolutely like coming home to be racing for AIM Autosport again," offered Frisselle. "That gives you a lot of confidence, and when you already know everybody and have good relationships and communication with the team, you can just show up and get to work."
Another familiar element this weekend for Frisselle will be the sound coming from behind him as AIM's move to Dinan-prepared BMW Power will see him return to the BMW fold, having raced with the motor in the 2005 GRAND-AM campaign.
"I'm really looking forward to having BMW power again this year and that's going to be another familiar face for me this weekend--I worked with Dusty (Dinan engineer) back in 2005 and he's going to be supporting us again this year so I'm really looking forward to that as well. We've seen what that combination is capable of and hopefully we can get our season started off on the right foot."
AIM Autosport, which is continuing to work to develop the budget needed to run the full slate of remaining races in the 2011 season, hopes to make up ground quickly starting this weekend. The team scored fourth at Homestead in the 2010 event, and a result like that would be relished by Frisselle.
"Homestead hasn't always been the track where AIM has necessarily shown the most speed," said Frisselle of the team that has scores of poles and wins to its credit in a wide range of categories including Rolex Series competition. "But this is a smart team, and we had a top five last year here at Homestead. With Mark and I being in the hunt with drivers championship points, it'd be fantastic to be able to do that again this weekend. If we can come out of Homestead with a top five, that would be a great way to launch in to some of the tracks where we know we have more speed this spring."