Brian Frisselle Races Strong at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, IN (June 18-20, 2004) Brian Frisselle, driver for Pole Vision Racing, competed in Round Three of the Formula BMW USA Championship this past weekend...
Brian Frisselle Races Strong at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, IN (June 18-20, 2004) Brian Frisselle, driver for Pole Vision Racing, competed in Round Three of the Formula BMW USA Championship this past weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Frisselle's first weekend with the team was cut short in Montreal when a crash in Saturday's Race One landed Frisselle in the hospital with a severe neck sprain. The talented young driver from Hawaii bounced back quickly, and he was ready to get to work at Indy.
"I was pretty devastated when I was unable to drive in Sunday's race at Montreal," Frisselle said. "But I am back, feeling good, and thrilled to be racing at the Indy this weekend!"
Frisselle started strong in Race One on Saturday, gaining one position by turn four to move into P8. Frisselle continued his charge through the field, but in a battle for P5 suffered contact that caused severe damage to his front wing. Frisselle fought to keep himself in the race as the lack of down force from the injured wing created push. Frisselle was able bring his #24 machine home in a respectable P10 finish.
"The car felt much better than it had in qualifying, and I was very happy to move forward so quickly in the race. I felt that I had the ability to challenge for a podium," Frisselle commented. "I was definitely disappointed when the contact occurred because I knew that I would not be able to move forward at that point. But, tomorrow is a new race."
Pole Vision Racing team owner Benoit Morand stated, "It is too bad that the front wing broke, because Brian was having such a strong race. But we are pleased with the progress that we are making on the car, which is our primary focus at this point. I am looking forward to a better race tomorrow."
Frisselle came out strong once again in Race Two on Sunday afternoon, gaining a position on the outside of turn four and quickly working his way up from P8 to P5. As the race progressed and he fell back to P8, Frisselle realized that the car had too much brake bias which was causing him to lock up in the breaking zones. An adjustment to the brake bias allowed the young man from Hawaii to work his way back up for a strong finish in P6.
"It was a tough race," Frisselle commented. "The car felt great early on and then started to go loose, which is when I realized I needed to adjust the brake bias. I put my head down and raced hard, and overall I feel pretty good about the results. We are making progress with the car, and that is what is most important right now."
Pole Vision team owner Benoit Morand had this to say, "We are very pleased with our results this weekend. Montreal was Brian's first weekend with our team, so we are at a disadvantage in that we have had very little time in this car, and have not had the opportunity to test. But Brian is an extraordinarily talented driver, and I have complete confidence that he will achieve success in this series and beyond. We are making great strides with the car, and we are looking forward to some testing time which will definitely help us to get where we want to be in order to be as competitive as possible."