Sears Point: Pacific Coast Motorsports GT race report

Kendall and Frisselle take fourth for Pacific Coast at Infineon Ventura, California (August 27, 2006) -- Tommy Kendall and Burt Frisselle teamed together for the first time behind the wheel of Pacific Coast Motorsports' ...

Kendall and Frisselle take fourth for Pacific Coast at Infineon

Ventura, California (August 27, 2006) -- Tommy Kendall and Burt Frisselle teamed together for the first time behind the wheel of Pacific Coast Motorsports' #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R in yesterday's 'Sonoma 250' at Infineon Raceway, Round 13 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, recording a fourth place finish following another competitive showing by the rookie GT outfit.

Ohio's Burt Frisselle (24) returned to action with Pacific Coast Motorsports following his GT class debut in the #98 Pontiac GTO.R at Barber Motorsports Park at the end of July, where he shared driving duties with his younger brother Brian, the siblings recording a fifth place finish on that occasion. Yesterday's race saw Burt share with four-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion Tommy Kendall (40), the Californian driver no stranger to the 2.52-mile road course at Infineon Raceway having taken his first laps in a race car at the Sonoma track.

Frisselle qualified fourth on Friday and took the opening stint behind the wheel and successfully powered his way as high as second as the race unfolded. Battling fellow GT cars and the faster Daytona Prototypes, Frisselle's seat-time proved to be both eventful and productive as he kept the #98 car at the sharp end of the action.

41 laps in and it was time for Kendall to assume control, the driver changeover taking place under a full course caution just after the hour mark. Reveling in his return to competitive sports car racing, Kendall picked up where Frisselle had left off maintaining Pacific Coast Motorsports challenge for a podium placing. He survived a scare following contact with the #60 Lexus Riley Daytona Prototype at Turn 7 on lap 72 to go on to score a fourth place finish at the checkered.

Looking back Tommy Kendall enjoyed his GT debut with Pacific Coast Motorsports:

"Fourth is a decent result and we had all the usual things I'd expect from a race here at Infineon like traffic and contact. I was getting back into the groove with some things that used to be second nature to me but all in all it was a lot of fun racing the #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R. These cars are strong and ultimately the clash with the #60 car didn't affect our performance. We came close to a podium and it was great to share the car with Burt, he was very impressive!"

Burt Frisselle reflected on his second start with the Ventura-based team:

"That felt like a solid stint! I had a great battle going out there with Joey Hand but we had a small problem with the transmission on downshifts and I gave the #98 Pontiac a couple of unhealthy zings so I had to take it easy at the end. I was getting knocked around like a pinball out there by some of the Daytona Prototype runners but the car was really strong and Tommy did a great job out there and we almost got to the podium!"

The Tafel Racing #72 Porsche won the GT class driven by Robin Liddell and Wolf Henzler.

-credit: pcm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Robin Liddell , Joey Hand , Burt Frisselle , Wolf Henzler , Tommy Kendall