Watkins Glen: Frisselle Racing Friday report

Frisselles enjoying Unser reunion at the Glen (Watkins Glen, NY) 2 June 2006-- Burt and Brian Frisselle have been sporting the biggest smiles in the Rolex paddock this weekend at Watkins glen, thanks in part to a fast race car, and thanks as...

Frisselles enjoying Unser reunion at the Glen

(Watkins Glen, NY) 2 June 2006-- Burt and Brian Frisselle have been sporting the biggest smiles in the Rolex paddock this weekend at Watkins glen, thanks in part to a fast race car, and thanks as well to having the chance to share it with one of their childhood hero's as two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. has joined with Synergy Racing for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in the A1 TEAM USA/GlycoMax Porsche-powered Doran.

"It's been great having him with us this weekend," said Brian. "We didn't get to run yesterday, so we ended up just hanging out in the bus and having dinner together and catching up with the families, so it was great."

But there is racing to be done this weekend, and after a legal matter was straightened out and the Rolex Daytona Prototypes were allowed to take to the track on Friday, it was time to get to work and find the best set-up for Saturday's six hour enduro with three practice sessions on Friday.

Unser, who won races with Synergy Racing lead engineer Gary Grossenbacher in the 80's, was feeling right at home in the A1 TEAM USA GlycoMax Porsche-powered Doran despite not having run in a Daytona Prototype before. The threesome took turns sharing the car throughout the sessions, and set a fast lap time of 1:46.852-seconds on the 3.4-mile upstate New York road circuit.

"We are right in the thick of things I think with the car, right where we need to be," said Brian, who staged a storming drive to the front at the Glen last season. "Working with Al has been great. He is a great team player, really laid back, and even though he has this amazing background and record of success, he's been all about making sure that the car is right for everyone and not just for him. I can't wait to go racing tomorrow."

The legal situation meant that the grid was set by points, meaning that the A1 TEAM USA car will start from the eleventh row.

"The car is as good as we've ever had it here for the Glen-and we've been plenty fast in the races here before, so that's pretty encouraging for tomorrow," said Burt. "Brian did some great times with tires that were pretty much shot, so we know we can be fast late in our stints. It's too bad we didn't get a chance to qualify, but we have six hours to make up for that tomorrow."

The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen will take the green flag at 2:30 PM ET on June 3rd. The race will be broadcast LIVE on Speed.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Brian Frisselle