Mexico City: Frisselle Racing race report

Frisselles take Glycomax into top ten in Mexico City (Mexico City, Mexico) 4 March 2006 - Burt and Brian Frisselle had pretty much everything possible thrown at them on Saturday after starting the GlycoMax machine from the front row in the...

Frisselles take Glycomax into top ten in Mexico City

(Mexico City, Mexico) 4 March 2006 - Burt and Brian Frisselle had pretty much everything possible thrown at them on Saturday after starting the GlycoMax machine from the front row in the Mexico City 250, as the brothers had to endure a competitor crashing into them early in the race, a questionable call that forced them into the pits for a stop and go penalty, going a lap down and then racing to get that lap back, and an extra pit stop to repair the damage from when they were hit from behind.

Yet, despite everything that was thrown at them, the young brother driving duo emerged from the Mexico City round with a tenth-place finish, a remarkable result given the tough circumstances they faced in the first Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve sprint race of the season.

Brian started the race from the front row after netting his career-best qualifying effort to take second on the grid, and smartly slotted behind the eventual race-winning Ganassi entry at the start. A group of hungry competitors gave chase, and significantly altered the Synergy Racing plan for the race when a competitor got it wrong under braking and hit Brian in the back of the car, forcing him into the pits to repair the damage.

"He had a run on me and I took a defensive line, but I think he expected me to move, because he just swerved back into line and punted me in the right rear," said Brian. "It's really pretty frustrating of course because we had such good track position, and we ended up having to fight from a lap down."

Brian returned to the track in twenty-second position, having lost significant ground to the leader. Bolstered by a strong Porsche-Doran combination, he began to climb back up the order, but having lost so much track position, was soon a lap down from the fast-flying race leader. However, the early-race incident had put the Glycomax machine on a different pit schedule, so when the race's first yellow flag flew, the Synergy Racing crew was able to employ a strategy that got the Frisselles back on the lead lap.

"I was as fast as anyone out there, and the only car that passed me was the leader, so we know we could have had a great result if we hadn't been hit," said Brian. "But the car was fast and that's really encouraging for the rest of the season."

After running as low as twentieth and moving all the way up to seventh, Brian turned the car over to older brother Burt who returned to action in twelfth under a timely yellow flag period. Burt went back to work, getting the car back into contention before a final yellow flag re-grouped the field. Burt ducked into the pits for some fresh rubber for the final stages of the race, and crossed the finish line in tenth to mark the first race finish of the 2006 season for the Frisselles.

"I can't believe we managed to get back into the top ten after everything that happened today," said Burt. ŒIt's too bad that today didn't play out the way we hoped, but really I'm pretty excited about Homestead and beyond because we know we have a fast car, a good team, and good strategy so we are really optimistic about this season. We are happy GlycoMax stepped up with us this weekend and of course wish we could have got them a better result, but hopefully we can do a little bit better next time out."

The Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season will return to action in three weeks' time, as the series visits Burt and Brians adopted hometown of Miami for the Lindor Industrials Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead Miami Speedway.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle