Doran signs Burt Frisselle

Doran signs Burt Frisselle to campaign Ford-Dallara; Teams with Swiss star to carry the flag for Ford-Dallara combination (Homestead, FL) 25 February 08- As the Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex Sports Car Series moves into the second stage...

Doran signs Burt Frisselle to campaign Ford-Dallara; Teams with Swiss star to carry the flag for Ford-Dallara combination

(Homestead, FL) 25 February 08- As the Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex Sports Car Series moves into the second stage of its history and welcomes a new group of chassis manufacturers to the ranks, Burt Frisselle will have a front row seat for all the developments.

The young but experienced Colorado resident has been signed by Doran Racing to co-drive the No. 47 Ford-powered Dallara entry with Swiss racer Gabriele Gardel. Gardel might not be well-known in the States yet, but will likely be soon enough, having emerged as the 2005 FIA GT Champion and 2006 LeMans Series GT1 Champion before his Rolex Sports Car Series debut in the 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The two will test the Roush-Yates/Dallara combination in advance of a Mexico City Rolex race debut on April 19th, and will contest the remaining eleven rounds of the 2008 Rolex season.

"This is an exciting opportunity for me and my career," said Frisselle. "I am looking forward to being a part of the development for this Ford-Dallara combination and I'm grateful for the opportunity Kevin (Doran) has created. Hopefully we can be a competitive factor straight away. With these new manufactures coming into the Rolex Series, I think it's going to be an exciting time for Rolex fans. I'm just anxious to get started!"

Frisselle had a remarkable start to the 2008 Rolex season, putting a Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley to good use as he traded the lead late in the Rolex 24 with eventual winner Juan Montoya before a mechanical problem forced the entry into the pits and behind the wall for repairs. While the result wasn't what Frisselle had hoped for, the experience at least proved to be a step forward towards the rest of his 2008 campaign.

"I'm really happy to have got all that experience with this Roush-Yates motor and I think that's what you want to have, particularly with the support that Ford Racing provides," said Frisselle. "Dallara has it's own history of success in so many different categories, and obviously everyone who is involved with this effort is confident about this package. Kevin (Doran) has so much experience and I'm looking forward to working with Gabrielle as well."

The effort will not only tap into Frisselles widely known speed and consistency, but it will also make use of the wide range of expertise that Doran brings as a constructor as well as a team entrant with decades of experience.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for me to race in America with Burt as my co-driver with this new Dallara and for a team like Doran Racing," said Gardel. "We know we have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am looking forward to working with Burt and Kevin and getting the most out of this package. Burt knows all the tracks and will be a big help for me, and it's always good to have a fast team mate!"

-credit: dr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Gabriele Gardel , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing