MSR Driver Burt Frisselle Youngest Talent in the DP class at Mt. Tremblant At just twenty-two years of age, Burt Frisselle will be the youngest driver in the Daytona Prototype class at the upcoming 6 Heures du Mont-Tremblant, taking place May ...
MSR Driver Burt Frisselle Youngest Talent in the DP class at Mt. Tremblant
At just twenty-two years of age, Burt Frisselle will be the youngest driver in the Daytona Prototype class at the upcoming 6 Heures du Mont-Tremblant, taking place May 21-23. Frisselle will be racing among seasoned veterans, some of whom even raced with his father, renowned driver in the racing world of the late seventies, Brad Frisselle. While many young drivers may find such talented and experienced competition intimidating, Frisselle feels just the opposite.
"With only three years of racing under my belt, I am thrilled to be racing in the Rolex Series, the premier road racing series in America," Frisselle states. "To have the opportunity to battle with former Champ Car, IRL, and Formula One drivers is extraordinary and I am definitely happy that I am able to hold my own."
Frisselle and his teammate, Oswaldo Negri Jr., signed on with Michael Shank Racing (MSR) in early January and have found quick success despite the small team's limited funds and few testing opportunities.
MSR emerged from round three of the Rolex Sports Car Series in third place in the team championship battle, just four points out of the lead, after scoring a hard-fought sixth place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.
If Frisselle's steep learning curve to date is any indication, there is no doubt that this highly talented young driver will continue to dazzle in the Rolex Series. After moving quickly through the ranks of the Skip Barber ladder system, nearly clenching the Rookie of the Year title in 2003\rquote s Barber Dodge Pro Series, Frisselle is clearly ready for more. Having already achieved a podium finish along with teammate Oswlado Negri Jr. in their debut race at Homestead, Frisselle has his sights set on claiming a victory.
"We definitely have what it takes to win," says Frisselle. "With our dedicated crew and the support of Lexus, there is no doubt that Oswaldo and I can bring home a victory for MSR. In fact, we are looking forward to it!"
Team owner Mike Shank expresses his confidence in his young driver, stating, "I could not be more thrilled with Burt's performance in this series. His remarkable ability to adapt to a new car has allowed him to learn and improve at a very fast rate. I expect to see great things from him this season."
Despite his quick success at such a young age, Frisselle remains humble. "As a kid I used to sketch what I thought would make cool race tracks and I'd dream about becomming a professional race car driver," Frisselle smiles. "Now I am living the dream, and I am thankful for it every day."
Based in Columbus, Ohio, MSR was formed in 1989 when Michael Shank first began driving racing cars professionally, taking the award as SCCA-Ohio Valley Region's Novice Driver of the Year. Shank retired from the cockpit in 1997 after moving up the motorsports ladder to focus his efforts on running the team, which quickly found success in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, with several race wins leading Shank to be named as Team Owner of the Year twice in four years. MSR has campaigned drivers including Johnny Rutherford Jr., Kenny Wilden, and 2001 and 2002 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish, Jr. MSR is making the transition to the Rolex Series from open-wheel competition for the 2004 season in the Rolex Sports Car Series, campaigning a Lexus-powered Doran JE4.