Frisselles strong Homestead run ends early (Homestead, FL) 25 March 2006-- Burt and Brian Frisselle were unable to finish the Linder Industrials Grand prix of Miami after a transmission line broke and caused the GlycoMax Porsche-Doran to catch...
Frisselles strong Homestead run ends early
(Homestead, FL) 25 March 2006-- Burt and Brian Frisselle were unable to finish the Linder Industrials Grand prix of Miami after a transmission line broke and caused the GlycoMax Porsche-Doran to catch fire, ending a strong run in their hometown event at Homestead Miami Speedway on Saturday. The Synergy Racing crew quickly put out the fire, but the car was forced to retire from the race due to the issue.
Burt Frisselle started from sixth on the grid, and didn't get the start that he'd hoped for, but he was able to make up ground as the early laps clicked off at a quick pace before he turned the car over to younger brother Brian forty-five laps into the race.
"I had timed the start pretty well, but just as I was coming up to speed, the pack slowed down and I had to brake, and I just lost momentum and the other guys got a better jump at the start," said Burt. "But I just put my head down and was putting the laps in, just hitting my marks, and the car was pretty good."
The GlycoMax machine refused to fall out of the top ten, clicking off laps that kept the Synergy Racing squad optimistic about a good finish. A full course caution set in motion an alternate strategy, as a fuel stop and driver change to get Burt back in the car set the stage for what should have been a strong finish after Brian had moved the car into fifth before getting out of the car.
Burt rejoined in tenth, and had made up four more positions with the leaders firmly in sight, but before he could get back into the top five, the rear of the Doran came alight and forced him into the pits.
"We had the fuel to make it to the finish, and almost all of the the other guys were going to have to make one more stop, so it is really frustrating to not get the chance to shoot for a podium because I really think we could have done it tonight," said Burt. "These things happen in racing of course, but we know we have a really fast car, and its just so frustrating not to be able to show it and get the result that this car is capable of. But, we get another chance to do that at Long Beach, a track I've wanted to race on for as long as I can remember, so we're just going to have to make the most of that weekend."
The Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve will stage round four of the 2006 championship on the streets of Long Beach in three weeks time as the series debuts as part of the famed Champ Car event weekend.