PoleVision's Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth Test at Grattan Raceway Park Grand Rapids, MI (July 21-22, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, drivers for PoleVision Racing in the Formula BMW USA series, completed their first private test...
PoleVision's Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth Test at Grattan Raceway Park
Grand Rapids, MI (July 21-22, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, drivers for PoleVision Racing in the Formula BMW USA series, completed their first private test with the team this week at Grattan Raceway Park. John Mullen, engineer for PoleVision, planned to use the two days to try different set-ups and to gain a greater knowledge of the car and chassis.
Frisselle, who ran his first race with PoleVision at Montreal, has been very eager to test. The young talent from Hawaii came out strong on Wednesday, posting the 2nd fastest lap early in the day. Frisselle and Mullen worked diligently, experimenting with different adjustments in an attempt to improve the performance of the #48 Lowe's BMW FB2 car. Frisselle had to leave for Portland on Wednesday night for Round Six of the 2004 Pro Formula Mazda Series, in which he pilots the #15 Ventura Travel Services sponsored machine for G&W Motorsports.
"We definitely learned a lot today, and I know that we will be able to put the knowledge that we have gained to good use on the track," Frisselle commented. "Unfortunately, I will not be able to be here tomorrow as I have a race in Portland, but I am thankful that my brother, Burt, is able to fill in for me. I am confident that he and John will work well together to build upon what we accomplished today."
On Thursday, Burt Frisselle, older brother to Brian, got behind the wheel of the BMW FB2 car for the first time. Burt, who is currently driving a Daytona Prototype for Michael Shank Racing in the Grand American Rolex Series, was thrilled to have the chance to help his brother. Working closely with Mullen, Burt had a very successful test session.
"We made a great deal of progress today and John made several changes," Burt Frisselle stated. "Thus far PoleVision has been at a disadvantage in the series, competing against teams who have been able to test quite a bit. This was PoleVision's first opportunity to test this season, and I know it's going to make a world of difference at upcoming events."
Deresk Burseth, the young rookie from Chicago, also had a successful two days behind the wheel. For Burseth, the main focus of the test was to get in as much lap time as possible in order to acquire more experience and to improve his overall confidence. Burseth's determination and focus paid off, as he posted his fastest time after executing nearly 200 laps on the difficult circuit.
"This was our first opportunity to test with Brian and Derek this season, and the information that I have acquired over the past two days is substantial. I am thrilled with how much progress we have made." Mullen commented. "I am confident that our adjustments will permit Brian to challenge for a podium and Derek to break into the top ten."
Team owner Benoît Morand said, "I am extremely pleased with the performances of our two drivers and with all that our team has accomplished at this test. Derek is improving every time he steps into the car, becoming faster and more consistent. I am confident that he will have a strong finish to the season. Brian and Burt also did an excellent job in their work with John to improve the performance of Brian's car. I would like to extend a special thanks to Burt Frisselle for his efforts for our team."
The team now returns to Alabama to prepare for the upcoming races at Elkhart Lake, August 7-8, and Denver, August 14-15.