Sears Point: Frisselle Racing race report

Frisselles relish rival run at Infineon (Sonoma, CA) 27 August 2006- Most of the time when Burt and Brian Frisselle go racing, they make like civil siblings and share, taking turns at the helm of a powerful Daytona Prototype in Rolex Sports ...

Frisselles relish rival run at Infineon

(Sonoma, CA) 27 August 2006- Most of the time when Burt and Brian Frisselle go racing, they make like civil siblings and share, taking turns at the helm of a powerful Daytona Prototype in Rolex Sports Car Series competition.

This weekend was different, though, as the two were racing for different teams and in different classes for the first time in their sports car racing careers.

Burt, who with Brian co-drove a Daytona Prototype with Al Unser, Jr. earlier this season, got to etch another famous name onto his co-driving resume as Tommy Kendall joined him in the Pacific Coast Motorsports Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R in the GT class, while Brian made his Michael Shank Racing debut in the Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach Lexus/Riley co-driving with Mike Borkowski in the Daytona Prototype class.

The two-team approach created a special situation, as the two young racers were on the track at the same time as the field took the green flag in Saturday's Sonoma 250 at Infineon Raceway. From there, their fortunes varied, but they both put in strong drives and impressed many with their quick adaptations, no matter what the situation.

Brian made a great start to leap into twelfth in the overall order after starting from sixteenth on the grid. Behind him, Burt's effort at a good start was thwarted by some brake-check jockeying as the GT class got their race started, but he used his experience to safely slot into fourth behind Joey Hand at the start.

As a full course caution fell at the quarter distance of the ninety-nine lap race, Brian dove for the pits to turn the Michael Shank Racing entry over to Borkowski, who rejoined in seventh position. Burt stayed out on track with a different fuel and tire strategy, and soon found himself fighting with Hand for the GT class lead.

"Joey (Hand) and I had a great battle going," said Burt. "It was fun because it was one of those typical deals where I was strong in some places, and he was a little better in others, so it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, there was a little problem with the transmission and I'd given the Pontiac a few unhealthy 'zings,' so I had to take it a bit easy a while to make sure we were going to be ok to make the full distance."

Burt held steady in position before turning the GTO. R over to Kendall to take to the finish in the two-hour and forty-five minute event.

While the race was the first turn of competitive action for Kendall in some time, he showed two things on Saturday. Firstly, that road racing fans love their champions, as evidenced by the lanky talent being the last driver still signing autographs for a long line of fans in the hours leading up to the race.

Secondly, despite not having many laps in the GTO.R under his belt, he's lost none of his touch, as he took the GTO R. back up the order and threatened for a podium finish in the closing laps before coming home fourth in his Rolex Sports Car Series run.

Meanwhile, Brian was put to work once again late in the race, jumping back into the Playboy Racing Riley with twenty-five laps remaining to bring the MSR entry across the line in eleventh at the finish to close out the day.

"Brian did a great job for us today," said team owner Mike Shank. "He had a great start and was strong all the way to the end of the race, a really solid run in his first time out with us."

Burt and Brian will once again be sharing their toys next weekend, as the two team up in the Rolex Sports Car Series season-ending Discount Tire Sunchaser 9-hour race at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 2nd.

"I'm really looking forward to not only running with my brother and for Mike (Shank) again, but I really excited about ending the season with a long race," said Brian. "We didn't get to finish the 24 after our engine blew, so I'm pretty excited about next weekend."

The Discount Tire Sunchaser at Miller Motorsports Park will take place on Saturday, September 2nd, with Speed Channel providing live coverage of much of the race.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joey Hand , Mike Borkowski , Michael Shank , Al Unser , Tommy Kendall
Teams Michael Shank Racing