Kendall and Frisselle partner for PCM at Infineon Ventura, California (August 21, 2006) -- The 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series returns to Pacific Coast Motorsports' native California this weekend where the team's ...
Kendall and Frisselle partner for PCM at Infineon
Ventura, California (August 21, 2006) -- The 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series returns to Pacific Coast Motorsports' native California this weekend where the team's #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R will be piloted in the GT class by Tommy Kendall and Burt Frisselle in the penultimate round at the Infineon Raceway, 24th-26th August.
Saturday's 250-mile race will see four-time SCCA Trans-Am Series Champion Tommy Kendall make his debut for the Ventura-based team while Frisselle returns for a second outing in the #98 Pontiac GTO.R having made an impressive debut last month alongside his younger brother Brian at Barber Motorsports Park. While Kendall (40) is no stranger to the 2.52-mile Infineon Raceway, formerly known as Sears Point, located north of San Francisco, Frisselle (24) finds himself breaking new ground as he gets set to hit the track in practice on Thursday.
Looking ahead to Saturday's race PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic commented, "We're excited heading into this weekend as we'll have both our cars running in the GT and Daytona Prototype class. I couldn't be more excited about our driver line up in the #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R with Tommy and Burt looking to build on our previous successes with the car."
He continued, "Our recent test at Buttonwillow was a success, Tommy was phenomenal given it was his first time in this car. He had no trouble putting it through its paces and was right on the mark as we expected. Burt was right up there too! To be honest I don't believe the Frisselle brothers have had the recognition they deserve, both Burt and Brian are very talented drivers. For this race I think we have a formidable pairing and the track should suit the GT cars pretty well."
Tommy Kendall, a two-time GTS winner at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, is relishing a return to Grand-Am competition. "I'm obviously looking forward to this weekend's race and returning to Infineon," he said. "It's the first circuit I ever drove a car at when I attended the Bondurant School back when I was 16. It's certainly a tough track to come to and try and learn in a weekend, you're not going to have it nailed in five laps but that said with some of the changes they've made there recently it's probably not quite as hard as it used to be. Testing went well with Pacific Coast and together with Burt I think we've got a great opportunity to be up at the front fighting for the win!"
Savoring his sophomore start for Pacific Coast Motorsports, Burt Frisselle's been preparing for the challenge of Infineon in advance of this weekend's GT outing. "They have a really cool simulator at the PCM shop and I spent about an hour and a half in it racing at Infineon," Burt commented. You can't really get a 100% feel for a track until you've actually driven on it but at least I know what to look for and have an idea of what the flow's going to be, so hopefully it only takes a few laps to get up to speed. Tommy knows the track really well and I know the car pretty well so hopefully we can help each other out and enjoy a competitive weekend."