VIR: Frisselle brothers race report

Gearbox gremlins spoil strong run for Frisselles at VIR Alton, VA (9 October 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle were unable to finish the home race for their Synergy Racing team after gearbox issues halted their run in the VIR 400 on Sunday in ...

Gearbox gremlins spoil strong run for Frisselles at VIR

Alton, VA (9 October 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle were unable to finish the home race for their Synergy Racing team after gearbox issues halted their run in the VIR 400 on Sunday in Rolex Sports Car Series competition.

Brian started the RX.Com car from thirteenth after the grid was set by car championship points, and rocketed forward to run in the lead pack in seventh position just six laps into the race. After pitting during a full-course caution for fuel and tires, Brian rejoined the field in seventeenth position.

The Rolex rookie has been drawn to the front like a magnet this season, and he once again made big moves up the order and was back up to seventh position just a few laps after the restart.

"The car was pretty good in traffic," said Brian. "We compromised our set-up a bit just in case it rained, but I was still able to get up to the front without much problem. I love this track and most of the traffic was paying attention to their mirrors-which doesn't always happen-so I was really enjoying my stint."

Brian turned the car over to his older brother Burt on lap thirty as he rejoined the field in nineteenth position. Despite having intermittent problems with the car's electrical system, Burt was back up into the top ten in just ten laps. His charge to the front was halted, though, when the gearbox balked and he was forced to park the RX.com machine to end what could have been a strong run to the podium.

"It's a shame what happened," said Burt. "I just heard a loud noise coming out of the back of the car and I could tell right away that I needed to park it and not hurt the motor. Brian had done a great job and we were in good shape to get a top-five today, but I had to park the car. We were really hoping to get a strong finish here for the Synergy Racing guys and the RX.com people on hand, but we get one more chance at a strong result in Mexico, and hopefully we can avoid this kind of bad luck down there."

Burt and Brian Frisselle will be making their Mexico City race debut in three weeks in the final round of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season on November 5th.

-sgm-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle