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Frisselles to stage dual-class attack at Infineon (Sonoma, CA) 22 August 2006-After nearly two full seasons of sharing the same Daytona Prototype entry, Burt and Brian Frisselle will be doing something they haven't done in years this ...

Frisselles to stage dual-class attack at Infineon

(Sonoma, CA) 22 August 2006-After nearly two full seasons of sharing the same Daytona Prototype entry, Burt and Brian Frisselle will be doing something they haven't done in years this weekend-racing against each other.

Unlike their previous fraternal on-track battles, staged in identical Skip Barber Racing formula cars, this weekend will not really be a head-to-head match-up, as the two will be campaigning in different classes of Rolex Sports Car Series competition.

Burt will be rejoining Pacific Coast Motorsports to team with Tommy Kendall in the Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R in GT class competition. Burt has one Rolex race start in the GTO.R to his credit, taking fifth place co-driving with Brian at Barber Motorsports Park in July.

Running in the GT class, Burt will have to keep a keen eye on his mirrors for his brother Brian, who will be running in the faster Daytona Prototype ranks as he makes his debut with Michael Shank Racing in the Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach Lexus/Riley, co-driving with Mike Borkowski.

The race weekend marks the first time Burt has raced at Infineon, but he has been doing as much homework as possible to get ready for the weekend.

"They have a really cool simulator at the PCM shop, and I spent about an hour and a half in it on the Infineon track," said Frisselle. "You can't really get a feel for a track until you have actually driven on it, but at least I know what to look for and have an idea of what the flow is going to be, so hopefully it only takes a couple of laps to get up to speed there."

Brian will have the advantage on the track familiarity scale entering the weekend, having raced at the Sonoma-area track in the Star Mazda series two years ago, something he's looking to put to quick use.

"There are a lot of other guys who already know the track, and while we will all have to get used to the fast way around in a Prototype, it's definitely a good feeling to already have a feel for the track," said Brian. "I'm pretty excited about racing the Playboy Racing car. I have some experience testing Rileys and now I am looking forward to racing one, especially on a track like Infineon because the Riley has a lot of grip and there are some high-speed direction changes there where I think the car will be strong."

Beyond the simulator and his younger brother's advice on the track, Burt will have more resources to work with this weekend as he teams with Kendall, who has so much experience at the track he could likely put in some fast times at night without the headlights on.

"Tommy knows the track really well, and I know the car pretty well, so hopefully we can help each other out this weekend," said Frisselle. "I know that with all the experience they have and being based near the track, the factory GTO.R guys will be quick off the trucks, but they are in a championship fight while we are just gunning for a win, so they might have to be more conservative than we will."

An afternoon practice session on Thursday will open the weekend, with Friday's qualifying setting the stage for the Saturday afternoon (3:00 PM local time) race, which will be broadcast August 27th at 3:00 PM (ET) on Speed Channel.

-credit: www.frisselleracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Skip Barber , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing