Montreal: Frisselle Racing preview

Frisselle Racing Looks For Lady Luck in Montreal 29 July 08- (Montreal, Quebec) --Frisselle Racing will return to action this week on the 2.7-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for round ten of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season as both Burt...

Frisselle Racing Looks For Lady Luck in Montreal

29 July 08- (Montreal, Quebec) --Frisselle Racing will return to action this week on the 2.7-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for round ten of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season as both Burt and Brian Frisselle look to convert their impressive pace into a Rolex podium.

The Montreal outing marks the second Rolex series visit to the track for Brian Frisselle, who with co-driver Mark Wilkins is part of the hottest driving duo in Rolex competition having taken a pole and led the last two races. The AIM Autosport drivers will look to put some home field advantage in play this week, as the team is based in Toronto and has a long history on the track in a variety of categories.

"Given all the ups and down we've been through as a team so far this season, it would be great to get AIM a podium in Montreal no question," said Brian, who raced on the circuit in Formula BMW competition. "It is exciting to race on the same track where Formula 1 runs, and hopefully we will have the same kind of pace that we've had with the Gold car all season long. It's been disappointing to run up front and be so strong with this Ford-Riley, but not be able to turn that into a podium or a win yet. But it's better than being slow! So we will just keep doing what we have been doing and focus ahead and eventually those results will come."

While Brian and the Gold car have taken plenty of tv time and captured Rolex fans enthusiasm, the No. 47 Brachs/CDOC Ford-Dallara prepared by Doran Racing has had some near-stealth like strong runs since Ricky Taylor joined the squad at Mid-Ohio.

The team is coming off a best to date result for the 47 Ford-Dallara with a sprint to fifth at the low-grip Barber Motorsports Park facility, and will look to keep that progression with the new machine once again this week in Montreal. While the Friday afternoon race is the first Rolex event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for Burt Frisselle and co-driver Ricky Taylor, Frisselle will at least know where he is going on the track, having served as spotter for his brother last year in addition to having raced in open-wheel competition at the facility in Barber Dodge machines.

"We just keep getting better with this Dallara and it's really exciting to be working with a new car," said Burt, who has raced nearly every type of Daytona Prototype chassis competing in Grand-Am. "I also feel like this is an exciting new chapter of my resume as a driver. Obviously we are doing the same thing everyone does-trying to make the car faster everywhere we race--but because this car is so new, we are learning a lot along the way and continuing to develop the package. So it's a new challenge and hopefully I'm helping us move forward faster. Ricky has been doing a great job and I think we make a strong pairing. I still feel as young as I did the first time I strapped into a Daytona Prototype, but now I have a lot of experience to bank on, and he brings a lot of natural speed and a real desire to soak up everything he can and keep getting better. So it's a great match and hopefully we can just keep that up this weekend in Montreal."

The race weekend is part of the Nationwide Series visit to Montreal, with practice session slated for a 12:30 PM start on Thursday, with the grid being set at 1:15 PM on Friday before a 4:15 PM ET race start, which will be broadcast starting at 8:00 PM ET on Friday.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Burt Frisselle , Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle
Teams Doran Racing