Daytona II: Frisselles brothers race report

Technical problems for fast Frisselles spell early end to Daytona night race Daytona Beach, FL (30 June 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished a disappointed nineteenth in Thursday night's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway...

Technical problems for fast Frisselles spell early end to Daytona night race

Daytona Beach, FL (30 June 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished a disappointed nineteenth in Thursday night's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway after running strong before technical problems ended their bid for a good result in the Synergy Racing RX.Com BMW/Doran.

Brian, who qualified the car in ninth position, took the green flag and steadily moved the car up the order, staging a remarkable battle with the lead Ganassi car and emerging well ahead of last years champions before turning the car over to his brother Burt after running as high as third.

Burt didn't miss a beat as he rejoined the field and was running in second place with fewer than thirty laps to go. It was not to be their day for the youngest driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class, though, as Burt was forced to pit after a small electrical problem prevented the head and brake lights from working.

Quick work from the Synergy crew got the car in order as Burt resumed the battle once again, but trouble struck once again a few laps later as a sticking throttle made maneuvering impossible for Burt and he was forced to park the car on course in the closing stages of the race.

"It's a disappointing finish for sure," said Brian. "We had a good car, got off to a good start, and then we had these problems. It's just one of those things, and it's just racing, but to be so strong and not be able to get a good finish just hurts."

For Burt, his stint at the sharp end of the field was going well until the problems crept in.

"Brian did a great job in the car-I think one of his best stints and showing that he really has the speed to be competitive," said Burt. "The car was good for the first part of my stint and it was good to be fighting for the lead once again, but we had the problems with the brakelights and then later with the throttle, so it was a disappointing finish to what was a good race up until then."

During his opening stint and fight at the front, younger brother Brian showed his competitive mettle in just his first season racing the powerful Daytona Prototypes, and knows that while this race didn't end the way he was hoping, that he continues to show the pace he needs to be competitive in the Rolex ranks.

"My stint definitely boosted my confidence, and I think the team's confidence in me," said Brian. "It was great to come here with one race on this track under my belt, and I really feel like we just need to catch a break or two and we can get a good result because we have shown we have the speed, the team had some good pit stops, and we know we can run at the front with this car."

Burt and Brian will race again in over a month's time at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on the weekend of July 29-31.

-www.frisselleracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle