Mexico City: Frisselle brothers race report

Frisselles finish frustrated thirteenth in Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico) 5 November 2005-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished thirteenth in the Rolex Sports Car Series season finale in Mexico City, Mexico in their RX.com BMW-Doran after early ...

Frisselles finish frustrated thirteenth in Mexico

(Mexico City, Mexico) 5 November 2005-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished thirteenth in the Rolex Sports Car Series season finale in Mexico City, Mexico in their RX.com BMW-Doran after early handling woes gave way to a transmission problem late in the race after both brothers ran solidly in the top ten for most of the race.

Burt started the race from seventh on the grid, and gained a spot early to run in sixth in the opening stages of the ninety-lap event. The high-altitude debut for the young brother driving duo began to go south as the event played out, though, as the handing went away and Burt was unable to fend off the advances of several cars, but he was able to keep the car in the top-ten before turning the controls over to younger brother Brian on a lap forty-three pit stop.

Brian took over in thirteenth position, and quickly moved the Synergy Racing machine back up into the top ten after the team made adjustments to address the car's handling woes. The bad luck that has stalked the young drivers this season unfortunately made the trip south of the border, though, as Brian lost first gear with just a handful of laps remaining and he was forced to make due and slowly get to the finish in the first all-green flag Rolex race of the season, losing several positions before finishing thirteenth.

"I am disappointed because we were looking to end the season on a high note and we were well on our way to a solid top-ten, but at least we got enough points to be in the Pacesetters next season and were able to get to the finish today," said Brian. "I didn't realize exactly what had happened initially-I thought I'd lost drive, but I tried the other gears and I was able to just keep it going and get to the finish. But we'll use what we learned this weekend next time we race here, and hopefully we can get a strong result here."

Despite the result that didn't match up to their performance, Burt took the long view, knowing that the young brothers will race again, and will be eager to put to use the lessons they learned this season.

"This is one of the biggest crowds I have raced in front of and it was pretty exciting," said Burt. "We got a good start, but we were just off on the tire pressures and the car went away from me quickly. This isn't of course how we wanted to end the season, but at least we know what to expect the next time we race here. I have to say congratulations to Synergy Racing for the driver GT championship win--it was too bad how we ended our race today, but we certainly were cheering on David (Murry) and Craig (Stanton) to take the driver championship with Craig and Porsche."

As the youngest full-time driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex Sports Car Series, Burt and Brian Frisselle have generated a lot of excitement about the future of American road racing. The two brothers, who are now based in Miami but have lived all across the country in California, Hawaii, and New Hampshire, have teamed with RX.com to race with one of Grand Am's most successful teams in Synergy Racing. Burt has one year of Rolex competition under his belt, while younger brother Brian is in his rookie season in the top Daytona Prototype category.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle