Synergy Racing Inks Deal with Frisselle Brothers to Pilot Rx.com Daytona Prototype
ALTON, Va. (December 9, 2004) -- Synergy Racing announced today it has signed a deal with brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle to pilot the Rx.com No. 81 BMW Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype in the 2005 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
The brothers, who call both Kihei, Hawaii and Miami home, are not strangers to Synergy Racing. Brian, 20, competed with the team in the Star Mazda Series last season, finishing on a high note with a podium finish in the finale at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca. His older brother Burt, 23, was one of the team's primary competitors in the Rolex Series, racing the No. 6 Lexus Doran of Michael Shank Racing for most of the 2004 Rolex Series and picking up a pair of podium finishes and eight top-10 finishes in 11 races.
"We were very impressed with Brian as part of our Star Mazda Series team last year, and Burt was always one of our primary competitors in Daytona Prototypes last season," Synergy Racing Team Manager Price Cobb said. "Racing is in the blood of these young men, and we know they will be one of the top pairings in Daytona Prototypes next season."
Burt and Brian Frisselle come from a rich racing heritage as their father Brad is considered a legend in sports car racing with numerous championships and titles to his credit. Although both brothers entered into motorsports at an early age, the 2005 Rolex Series will offer their first opportunity to race together as teammates.
"Teaming with my brother is something we have dreamed about for years," Brian said. "We have a great friendship, and although we are competitive with one another, we are never negative with each other, especially when it comes to driving."
"I am extremely excited to work with my brother Brian," Burt said. "Last year I had the perfect teammate in Oswaldo Negri Jr., because we were able to accomplish so much together due to our friendship, our motivation to succeed and, most importantly, our chemistry and how that affected the entire team. To now have the chance to have my brother as my teammate is very special. Being able to pursue our goals together is a dream come true for me and the entire family."
Brian will look to his older brother for some pointers in preparation for the season as the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona will not only be Brian's first race in a Daytona Prototype, but also his first event in the Rolex Series.
"I am so excited to move up into the Rolex Series, and to be driving a Daytona Prototype is a dream come true," Brian remarked. "I feel comfortable with the transition, though. To me, the step from open wheel to Daytona Prototype seems more natural than moving into a GT. I am also very excited about becoming part of a series in which the future is very bright."
Although Burt will have to adjust to the Dinan BMW powerplant in the Rx.com No. 81 Daytona Prototype, he will feel right at home at the wheel of a Doran JE4 after last season.
"I am really encouraged to have the opportunity to drive the Doran JE4 again this year," commented Burt. "Last year with Michael Shank Racing we did not have the budget to explore the potential of the car, and still we were able to be highly competitive. So going into 2005 with the updates Kevin Doran has developed, along with a proper testing program and the opportunity to work with Gary Grossenbacher, I am very optimistic about the level of performance we will be able to achieve, and I think it will clearly show in our results."
Returning as the primary sponsor of the No. 81 BMW Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype is Rx.com, which made its debut into sports car racing last year with the team.
"Having a sponsor such as Rx.com is a truly unique opportunity," Burt explained. "As a driver, getting the chance to develop a relationship with Rx.com has been very exciting because I see the passion they bring to the program. Rx.com has also been very welcoming to both Brian and me as the team's new drivers. I can't wait to go out and get the job done for them and continue to develop this relationship over the course of the 2005 season."
The 2005 Rolex Series season will kickoff with test days at Daytona International Speedway, January 7-9. The tests are a precursor to the season-opening historic Rolex 24 At Daytona, February 3-6. More information on the 2005 Rolex Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.
For more information on Burt and Brian Frisselle, visit www.frisselleracing.com. Additional information on Synergy Racing can be found at www.synergyracing.com.