PoleVision's Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth Face a Challenging Weekend at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Denver, CO (August 14-15, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, just off their most successful weekend of the season at...
PoleVision's Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth Face a Challenging Weekend at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver
Denver, CO (August 14-15, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, just off their most successful weekend of the season at Road America, arrived at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver with hopes of continued improvement and success. For both of the young drivers for PoleVision Racing in the Formula BMW USA Championship, the weekend brought several challenges, but Frisselle and Burseth are determined to turn things around for the season finale in Laguna Seca.
Frisselle, who pilots the #48 Lowe's sponsored machine, had a solid performance in Friday's Qualifying 1, finishing with the seventh fastest lap time. In Saturday's Qualifying 2, Frisselle once again claimed a P7 position on the starting grid. Burseth, driver of the #98 Bill Jacobs BMW car, qualified 12th for Race 1 and 13th for Race 2.
Frisselle had a challenging race in Saturday's Round 11 of the Formula BMW USA Championship. The talented driver of the #48 Lowe's machine battled to maintain his mid-pack position, but found himself falling back as he fought severe under steer. Frisselle came home in tenth position, a tremendous feat considering the condition of his car. Post race, the PoleVision team discovered that the #48 machine had been running with bad shocks all weekend. Burseth, the young rookie from Chicago, executed a solid performance in Saturday's Race One. Although Burseth was not able to break into the top ten, he continued to improve his race craft and to push for more speed.
"The race was very frustrating because the car was extremely difficult to drive," a disappointed Frisselle stated. "I am not happy with a tenth place finish, especially when I know that I have the ability to be on the podium. But for now I have to focus on doing the best I can and working with my engineer to improve the car. I have complete confidence in our team, it just takes time."
"Today's race definitely did not go as I had hoped," Burseth commented. "But, this is my first time on a street course, which has been a challenge to adapt to. I am working hard and feel confident that my performance will improve throughout the weekend."
John Mullen, engineer for PoleVision, said, "Our team has been working extremely hard all season to develop the car, but we are just not there yet. I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming tests at Talladega and Willow Springs, because there is a lot more that we need to get out of this car."
PoleVision co-owner Benoît Morand commented, "Of course it is frustrating for all of us to be working so hard and yet still have a long way to go with the car. Brian is an extraordinarily talented driver, and our team is working very hard to give him a competitive car. Derek is making great strides in his development as a driver and we want to help him to achieve another top ten this season. We are confident that we can achieve our goals, but it has been a battle lately."
Frisselle was more hopeful going into Sunday's Round 12 of the Formula BMW USA Championship, as the team had made several adjustments to improve his car. However, the young pilot of the #48 Lowe's machine again found himself fighting to maintain his mid-pack position and ultimately brought home a hard earned tenth place finish. Young Burseth came out strong on Sunday but was forced to end his race early when he experienced problems with his engine. A disappointed Burseth returned his #98 Bill Jacobs BMW machine to the pits.
"Unfortunately, due to the fact that we ran most of the weekend with bad shocks, we never really had the chance to find the right set-up and the car was just really hard to drive." Frisselle commented. "The challenges that we encountered with the car prevented us from being as competitive as we had hoped, which was frustrating for all of us. I am very eager to test, to improve the car, and to get back on the podium at Laguna."
"Of course I am very disappointed with the way today's race ended for me," young Burseth stated. "I was gaining confidence on this track and looking forward to a strong race. But I know it's all a part of racing. I'm looking forward to a strong finish to the season at Laguna Seca next month."
The team now heads to back to Alabama to prepare for the upcoming test at Talladega, August 25th, 2004.
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