Mid-Ohio: Frisselle brothers race report

Frisselles take best finish of the season at Mid-Ohio Lexington, OH (27 August 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished seventh in Saturday night's Emco Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round ten of the Rolex Sports Car...

Frisselles take best finish of the season at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH (27 August 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished seventh in Saturday night's Emco Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round ten of the Rolex Sports Car Series. The finish is the best of the season for the young brother duo in their BMW-powered RX.Com Doran.

Brian started the race from ninth on the grid, and was forced to pit twice early in the race after contact from another car damaged his RX.com machine. After the Synergy crew inspected his car and got him back on track, he rejoined the pack in 41st position.

Brian, who powered to the lead at Watkins Glen earlier this month after starting from thirteenth, had a similarly strong run towards the front on Saturday, as he was able to turn the car over to his older brother Burt in eleventh place.

"It is a decent result considering everything that happened," said Brian. "It shows, though, that we consistently have a good race car. Gary Grossenbacher is a huge help as far as making progress through the weekend so we can be fast on race day. I hated that we had to come into the pits after that Porsche hit me twice, but at least we were able to keep racing and come back to make it to the finish."

Making the most of a yellow caution period, Burt rejoined in fourteenth, and likewise made a move to the front, climbing into top-five contention. A full course caution late in the race gathered the field for an eight minute dash to the checkered flag, but Burt was unable to make up and more ground as he had to back off in the closing laps to ensure that he had the fuel to finish.

"It is frustrating that seventh is our best finish this season, because we have been so quick that we feel like we should have had some stronger finishes," said Burt. "But at least we were able to overcome some bad luck early in the race and get to the finish. Brian did a great job, and I think this race showed again that we have a really strong package on race day. We just need to keep being there at the finish like we did today, and just get a little bit of luck our way."

Burt and Brian will be back in action in two weeks' time for the Phoenix 250 at Phoenix International Raceway on September 10th. The race will feature the only Daytona-Prototype race of the season, as the tight confines of the track do not provide enough room for the mixed GT/DP field.

Saturday's Emco Gears event will be shown at 12:00 ET on Sunday, August 27 on Speed Channel.

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.

-sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle