Daytona II: Frisselles brothers qualifying report

Frisselles to start ninth for Thursday night at Daytona Daytona Beach, FL (30 June 05)-- Making only his second attempt at Rolex qualifying, Brian Frisselle scored ninth on the grid for Thursday night's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona...

Frisselles to start ninth for Thursday night at Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL (30 June 05)-- Making only his second attempt at Rolex qualifying, Brian Frisselle scored ninth on the grid for Thursday night's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway with a fast lap time of 1.47.658 seconds in the BMW-Powered RX.Com Doran. Brian, who made his qualifying debut in April at Laguna Seca and took seventh, was happy to once again score a top-ten spot on the grid, but had been hoping for more in his return to Daytona International Speedway.

"I made a mistake at the end of the session by not giving myself enough room, so I ended up catching a slower car and losing a lot of time," said Brian. "But that's just a rookie mistake for me only doing my second qualifying, and I'll learn from it for sure. The good thing is that the speed was there in the car, and I was happy to get comfortable right away because this is the first event this season that I already have experience on the track running in the Daytona Prototype."

The fifteen-minute session finished just as rain began to fall, opening up the possibility for a wet race in tonight's 70-lap event.

"I think Burt likes racing in the rain more than I do, but either way, I'm ready to go," said Brian. "I really just want to get a clean start and get into a good race pace. At Laguna, we qualified really well but got caught up in someone else's problem early and that really set us back. So for tonight, I just want to get through the start and turn the car over to Burt in a competitive position so he can take it to the finish."

Burt claims to not care whether it rains or doesn't, but his strong run in the rain earlier in the season at Mont Tremblant, where he started from the twelfth and rocketed up to the top five in just one lap, and at Watkins Glen last year, where he scored a strong second place finish in the rain, show that Burt has a tremendous talent in the wet conditions.

"Our car was pretty good in practice, but the rain has changed the track a lot since this morning, so we will just see what it's like for the race," said Burt. "Brian did a great job in qualifying, and if its wet, or if its dry, we should be strong. The best part about the weather is that at least it's a lot cooler now in the car than it was earlier today!"

NOTES:

* LAST RACE: Six Hours/Watkins Glen --Qual-12th, Finish 9th

* NEXT RACE: after the June 30 Daytona event, the Frisselles will race again at Barber Motorsports Park on July 29-31 in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant.

-www.frisselleracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle