Burt Frisselle VIR preveiw

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Virginia Int'l Raceway

Burt Frisselle Targets the Top at VIR with GAMMA88

Danville, Va. (11 May 2011) – This weekend, Burt Frisselle will climb behind the wheel of the No. 61 GAMMA88 Daytona Prototype for the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway with one clear goal in mind: a podium result at the 17-turn, 3.27-mile natural terrain road course. A champagne –scoring breakthrough would break the streak of fourth-place finishes the AIM Autosport squad has garnered since rejoining the series in the second round at Homestead Miami Speedway.

Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle
Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

There are several reasons for confidence ahead of round four for Frisselle and AIM Autosport co-driver Mark Wilkins, who recently celebrated a birthday.

Speed and experience come to mind, and with this weekend marking Frisselle’s eighth Daytona Prototype start at the challenging track, he knows the place well. And his GAMMA88 squad will be another potent and speedy part of the equation. Last year’s VIR event saw Frisselle match his career best finish of second as he qualified on the front row before the entry fought to finish just .293 seconds behind the No. 01 machine.

Beyond looking to do GAMMA88 proud and scoring the podium honors, there is yet another motivating factor in play as GRAND-AM has set aside a $25,000 ‘bounty’ for any team that can beat the Ganassi duo’s six-race winning streak this weekend.

“Of anyone that is hungry to score that $25,000, I don’t know of anyone who wants it more than the guys at AIM,” said Frisselle. “We were so strong in this race last year and we know we’re capable of being competitive again this weekend, so that bounty is certainly on our mind for VIR.”

After leading the race last year on the way to second at the finish, and also running up front this season, the No. 61 squad is well-placed for a break out run. Adding yet more fuel to the fire is that Frisselle once called Virginia home.

“I used to live just down the road from VIR when I was racing in NASCAR, so every time I come back to VIR for this event I’m always flooded with memories from my time in Virginia. This track is simply one of the best natural terrain circuits and it’s such a thrill to race here. We just want to stay out of trouble, be smart with our tires, and then hopefully have the pace in the closing stages to come out of here with $25,000!”

-source: burt frisselle PR

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