Watkins Glen II: AIM Autosport qualifying report

Strong qualifying for the No 61. Returning Champions to start race from fourth (2009.08.06) After setting third fastest time of the day in early practice, the AIM Autosport crew went to work with notes from Burt and Mark to prep the No 61 Ford...

Strong qualifying for the No 61. Returning Champions to start race from fourth

(2009.08.06) After setting third fastest time of the day in early practice, the AIM Autosport crew went to work with notes from Burt and Mark to prep the No 61 Ford Riley for this afternoon's qualifying session. The changes were all in the right direction as Burt continued to run with the lead group in qualifying. There was a lot of back and forth for positions two through four over the fifteen-minute session and Burt was bumped from the front row in the closing laps. The times are very close with only two one-hundredths separating second from fourth place and the top four are all within .267 seconds (P2: .246; P3: .257; P4: .267). This should make for another very close race - especially the start.

AIM Autosport is the returning champion for this race having won from pole and recoding their second consecutive win of 2008. The only difference this year is that Burt Frisselle has replaced his brother Brian who is now in the No. 10 car. They will start side-by-side on row two for the Friday evening race. It was at this time last year that AIM's fortunes turned around taking three podiums in a row in August and catapulting the team forward in the championship. AIM is currently sixth overall in the series - ahead of their position at the same time last year.

Burt Frisselle commented after qualifying: "The car is great and we are fast. I was having a lot of fun out there and really had the car at the limit. The only thing that caught me out was getting space on the track for more hot laps." He continued, "Now Mark and I concentrate on the race. We have one more practice tonight to setup the car under the race conditions and we are confident that Ian, Jim and the crew will give us a car that will run out front on Friday."

-credit: aim

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle