Cleveland, OH (July 1-3, 2004) Brian Frisselle, driver for PoleVision Racing, competed in Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship this past weekend at the Burke Lakefront Airport. Frisselle pushed hard in Qualifying 1,...
Cleveland, OH (July 1-3, 2004) Brian Frisselle, driver for PoleVision Racing, competed in Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship this past weekend at the Burke Lakefront Airport.
Frisselle pushed hard in Qualifying 1, determined to claim a top three position on the grid. Young Frisselle posted the third fastest lap time early in the session, but soon after ended up in the wall after making a mistake at the entry of eight. The subsequent red flag resulted in Frisselle losing his fastest time in the session, placing him in a disappointing P9. Qualifying 2 was more successful, as Frisselle claimed a P4 position on the grid for Saturday's Race 2.
"I am definitely frustrated with myself right now," Frisselle stated following Qualifying 1. "I was hungry for a spot at the front of the pack and I just pushed a little too hard. I learned my lesson, though, and now I'm just going to have to focus on moving up in the race."
In Friday's Race 1, Frisselle made an aggressive move on the start, charging down the inside in an effort to overcome a large portion of the field on the first turn. Frisselle got in a bit deep, forcing him to push wide on the exit, which resulted in his falling to the back of the field. A determined Frisselle pushed hard, charging up to P6 and nearly claiming P5 before the checkered flag flew.
"This is my first time at Cleveland, and I made the mistake of thinking that I could go deeper than I could on turn one," Frisselle commented. "I knew that I messed up, and I was disappointed in myself, so I just put my head down and drove as hard as I could for the rest of the race. I would have liked to have claimed P5 at the end, but overall I am pleased with my finish."
Frisselle had a more conservative start in Saturday's Race 2, losing two positions but setting himself up for a strong performance throughout the race. Frisselle was engaged in an impressive battle with the #56 and #5 cars for P3 when the #5 car had contact with the wall. The incident served to put a gap between the cars running in P1 and P2 and Frisselle and the #56 car, both of whom continued their battle for P3 but were then too far back to challenge for the lead. Frisselle's strong performance earned him a fourth place finish and the second fastest lap time of the race.
"I would have liked to have claimed a podium finish today," young Frisselle stated, "but overall I am pleased with my performance. I had a great battle for P3 and I had a lot of fun out there." Frisselle continued, "I want to thank my team, PoleVision, for all of their hard work. We have made a great deal of progress since our first weekend in Montreal and I think that what we have been able to accomplish without any test time is pretty impressive. We are continuing to make progress, and are getting very close to our goal of finishing on the podium. I am looking forward to testing this month, and to a great rest of the season."