Long Beach: Frisselle Racing race report

Burt Frisselle OK after Long Beach accident (Long Beach, CA ) 8 April 2006-- Burt Frisselle was disappointed and sore but otherwise in good condition on Saturday after a massive accident in the Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach...

Burt Frisselle OK after Long Beach accident

(Long Beach, CA ) 8 April 2006-- Burt Frisselle was disappointed and sore but otherwise in good condition on Saturday after a massive accident in the Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach on Saturday in the Shoes For Crews Porsche-powered Doran.

Frisselle had taken over the controls from younger brother Brian on the second lap of competition, as Synergy Racing employed a different pit and fuel strategy to put the team in a strong position late in the short ninety-minute race.

However, just eleven laps into the event, a problem with the car helped to propel Burt into harm's way, as he was struck by one car, which sent him into the path of a second car traveling at high speed, causing significant damage to both Daytona Prototypes. Despite the severity of the impact, none of the drivers suffered serious injury.

"Basically, I think I broke a half-shaft coming out of the hairpin," said Burt. "I was going very slow and was just trying to get to the pit entrance when I got hit really hard. I got collected by the (No.) 99 car. That was the worst place for that to happen because it's completely blind. I feel so bad for the other drivers because they were doing what they were supposed to do."

The replay of the incident did not catch the entire episode, but what it did display was a significant impact between a car traveling very slowly and one traveling nearly 150 miles an hour. Racing is a family affair for the Frisselles, so the replay caused significant concern among those who were on hand to cheer the young brother driving duo on. Fortunately, Burt emerged unscathed and after being cleared from the medical center, was reunited with a thankful group of friends and family.

"I'm just glad he's ok," said Brian. "That was a very scary thing to see on TV. Fortunately, the car took a lot of the energy and he was able to get out fine. I know he's going to be sore tomorrow, but at least he'll be fine otherwise."

The Rolex Sports Car Series will race again in two weeks at Virginia International Raceway, where Synergy Racing is based.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle