Friselle Racing Phoenix Race report (Phoenix, AZ) 13 May 2006-- The GAINSCO Grand Prix did not go as planned for the Frisselle brothers Saturday night in Phoenix, as an alternator went early in the race, sidelining the GlycoMax car for several...
Friselle Racing Phoenix Race report
(Phoenix, AZ) 13 May 2006-- The GAINSCO Grand Prix did not go as planned for the Frisselle brothers Saturday night in Phoenix, as an alternator went early in the race, sidelining the GlycoMax car for several laps. But the Synergy Racing crew got the Porsche-powered Doran back in working order, and both Burt and Brian were able to do take to the track and try to work their way back up the order.
Unfortunately, their progress was halted when a competitor made contact with the GlycoMax car as the two entered turn one. The competitor, who had several similar incidents in the same corner with other cars, was able to continue, but the impact damaged the front suspension enough that the night was over early for the Frisselles.
"It's just a shame to be crashed out of this race in the same corner two years in a row," said Burt. "We expected that there was going to be a lot of crashing again here this year, but we'd lost a few laps with the alternator and we were just working on getting up in the points and staying out of everyone's way, so we didn't think we would end up being part of the carnage."
"There are some guys out there that you can absolutely trust to race with-guys you can go wheel to wheel with and you know that they are going to be heads-up about it," said Brian. "But some guys, you have no idea what they are thinking, and this is a good example-why would someone crash out a car that they weren't even racing for position with? It's frustrating, but on the other hand, getting the laps in that we did helps us learn more about the ones you can trust, and ones you can't, and we definitely learned a new one that you can't tonight..."
The next challenge will be the six hour event at Watkins Glen. Burt, who scored a podium in his first-ever Rolex Series start, also has a podium to his credit at the Glen, and will be looking to share the podium experience with his brother Brian this time around.
Speed Channel will broadcast the GAINSCO Grand Prix on a tape-delay basis at 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, May 14.