Frisselle fast in Dallara Debut Remarkable track debut as brand-new car takes flawless first-ever laps, with both Frisselle Racing drivers getting off to a great start in Mexico City (Mexico City, MX) 18 April 08- The No. 47 BSI/CDOC...
Frisselle fast in Dallara Debut
Remarkable track debut as brand-new car takes flawless first-ever laps, with both Frisselle Racing drivers getting off to a great start in Mexico City
(Mexico City, MX) 18 April 08- The No. 47 BSI/CDOC Ford-powered Dallara of Burt Frisselle and Gabriel Gardel hadn't even turned a wheel before the first practice session of the Mexico City 250 weekend, but the new Doran-prepared Dallara entry astounded the Rolex paddock with a fast and flawless run in practice on Thursday and followed that up with a strong qualifying run on Friday as Burt Frisselle took fifth on the grid for Saturday's race.
The newest entry to Rolex Sports Car Series competition was only completed in the days leading up to the Mexico City event, as Kevin Doran's Ohio-based organization presented a machine ready to go from the moment the track went green. The new machine not only escaped typical "new car problems," allowing the team to develop a strong set-up, but it also posted quick lap times straight away.
"I'm just so excited about how this weekend has gone so far," said Burt Frisselle. "To have a brand-new car run for nearly five hours without a single problem, and then to take fifth in our very first qualifying session, it's just outstanding. I have to thank the Doran guys because they've worked their tails off, and this qualifying result is for them."
"We really thought that this was just going to be a very public test for this new BSI/CDOC car, but things have just gone so much better than we could have even hoped for!" continued Frisselle. "This car really communicates well what it's doing, and that pushes your confidence. Hopefully things keep going well in the race and we can just keep learning about this car but this is aleady a great start."
Frisselle will team with Swiss racer Gabriel Gardel, who brings some impressive credentials to the program 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 No. 47 machine wasn't the only Frisselle Racing bit of good news thus far in Mexico City, as Brian Frisselle has also seen his race weekend getting off to a quick start. Teaming with AIM Autosport and Mark Wilkins, the two paced the first practice session of the weekend on Thursday, went second fastest in the morning practice on Friday, and then backed those performances up with a run to second on the grid with Wilkins posting a Rolex career-best effort. Frisselle will have some relevant advice for his teammate Wilkins, having himself started from the front row in the Mexico City event in 2006.
"Mark did a fantastic job once again and put it all together when it counted in qualifying," said Brian, who was at the controls for the morning session's fastest lap. "AIM has a really great car here in Mexico so we really are looking forward to the race getting going tomorrow. It's great to see things going well for Burt as well of course, but hopefully we can just keep them behind us tomorrow!"