Mexico City: Frisselle Racing Thursday report

Glycomax helps Frisselles get Mexico City weekend off to a quick start (Mexico City, Mexico) 2 March 2006-- With a new power plant, a new sponsor, and a new track to tackle this weekend, Burt and Brian Frisselle are sporting a new attitude...

Glycomax helps Frisselles get Mexico City weekend off to a quick start

(Mexico City, Mexico) 2 March 2006-- With a new power plant, a new sponsor, and a new track to tackle this weekend, Burt and Brian Frisselle are sporting a new attitude heading into round two of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.

For 2006, the Frisselles have returned to race with one of Grand American's most successful teams, Synergy Racing, and have switched to the Porsche powerplant, set low in the Doran chassis to provide both power and agility for the Daytona Prototype.

Glycomax, which has already earned notice as the "Official Performance Drink" of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, has signed on as the primary sponsor for the Mexico City race weekend for the No. 8 Synergy Racing Porsche/Doran. The Mexico City visit is the second for the Rolex Sports Car Series, and the event is part of the NASCAR Busch Series race weekend.

The track layout this weekend is different from what the Rolex Series utilized in November, with a high-speed final corner that leaves no room for error thanks in part to the concrete walls that bracket the last corner before the long front stretch.

But the Frisselles were certainly enjoying the challenge, as they posted the sixth quickest time in the first session, and improved by over a half second in their final afternoon run in the Glycomax Porsche-Doran to net a best lap time of 1:24.160-seconds on the 2.5-mile circuit.

"The track has a much better flow to it with that fast final corner, and it's just a lot more of a challenge for the drivers," said Burt. "I think we have some places where we can improve now that we have a good feel for the new layout, but we feel pretty good about how quick we were right from the start here. We are still mainly focused on getting this car ready for the race, but it's of course pretty encouraging to start the weekend like this."

Burt and Brian took turns at the wheel of the Glycomax machine throughout the day, as the two siblings worked with Synergy Racing engineer Gary Grossenbacher to get the most out of the car despite the track's inherent lack of grip.

"I still feel like I have some ground to make up as far as finding all the speed that's in this car on this track, but I think it's a lot more fun to drive than when we were here last," said Brian. "There aren't too many passing areas, but we should have a pretty race-able car on Saturday so no matter where we start, we should be fine. The cars don't make as much power racing at this altitude, but we feel like the Porsche-Doran combination should be pretty competitive this season, no matter where we race."

Friday will see the Frisselles back in action for a morning practice session in advance of the fifteen-minute qualifying session just before noon. Saturday's race will take the green flag at 3:15 PM local time, with the race being carried by Speed Channel starting at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle