PoleVision's Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth Complete the Formula BMW USA Season at the Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey Monterey, CA (September 10-12, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth competed in the final rounds of the 2004...
PoleVision's Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth Complete the Formula BMW USA Season at the Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey
Monterey, CA (September 10-12, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth competed in the final rounds of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship this past weekend as part of the Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
Frisselle, who pilots the #48 Lowe's sponsored machine, had a disappointing result in Friday's Qualifying 1, finishing with the 9th fastest lap time. "Unfortunately, we had a ride height problem in today's session, which hindered my efforts to post a quick time," Frisselle stated. "Hopefully, we'll be able to move up in the race." In Saturday's Qualifying 2, Frisselle executed a solid performance and claimed a P5 position on the starting grid. Burseth, driver of the #98 Bill Jacobs BMW car, drove consistently in both sessions, qualifying 13th for Race 1 and 14th for Race 2.
Frisselle had a challenging race in Saturday's Round 13 of the Formula BMW USA Championship. After The talented driver of the #48 Lowe's machine consistently posted faster lap times than the four cars ahead of him and battled to advance forward from his mid-pack position, but was unable to complete a pass on the #13 machine in front of him. Frisselle came home in 9th position. Burseth, the young rookie from Chicago, executed a solid performance in Saturday's Race One. Burseth continued to improve his race craft and to push for more speed on the challenging Mazda Raceway circuit, bringing home a 13th place finish.
"I am definitely not happy with a ninth place finish, especially because our team came to Laguna with high expectations," a disappointed Frisselle stated. "The race was very frustrating, as I had the speed to be running at the front but Laguna is a tough track for passing and I was unable to move up. I am looking forward to a better race tomorrow."
"Today's race went pretty well," Burseth commented. "This is my first time at Laguna Seca and I think that I have been able to adjust well. It was a lot of fun out there!"
With a P5 position on the starting grid, Frisselle went into Sunday's Round 14 of the Formula BMW USA Championship with more confidence and high hopes. When Frisselle got a bit too much wheel spin at the start, a driver behind him took the chance to make an overly optimistic move going into turn two. The young pilot of the #48 Lowe's machine gave the other car space to avoid contact, and lost a few positions as a result. Then, Frisselle was pushed to the outside when another driver made a move on the inside of turn four that left Frisselle with no room, causing Frisselle to fall back to P14. From there, the talented driver from Hawaii made an impressive run, gaining four positions and posting the 5th fastest lap of the race, to claim a 9th place finish. Young Burseth ran a consistent and steady race on Sunday, bringing his #98 Bill Jacobs BMW machine home in 14th position.
"The start of the race was extremely frustrating, and I was disappointed in some of the driver etiquette." Frisselle stated. "But from there I was able to put my head down and race hard, and I was pleased to make up four positions to claim a 9th place finish. I would have liked to have been running at the front, as I know I had the speed, but that's racing, right?" Frisselle added, "I am very proud of what our team has been able to accomplish this season without any pre-season testing and I want to thank my crew for all of their hard work and dedication. I wish them the best of luck next year; I know they will be successful."
"Today's race went pretty well. I put forth my best effort and feel good about what we accomplished this weekend." Burseth stated. "I want to thank the entire team for all of their hard work throughout the season. We faced some obstacles, joining the series late in the game, so our team should really be proud of what we were able to accomplish. We all worked very hard, and I think it showed."
PoleVision co-owner Benoît Morand commented, "We have definitely faced a challenging season in Formula BMW USA, as we missed the pre-season testing and the first two races. However, our crew and our drivers put forth a tremendous effort to perform to the best of their ability, and I am very proud of the entire team. Despite the obstacles that we faced, Brian was able to achieve a podium finish at Road America, and Derek a top ten finish that same weekend, our goals for this season. Brian continues to impress me with his innate talent, as well as fierce dedication to developing further as a driver. I have great confidence that he will go far in this sport. Derek has made tremendous progress this season, in what was just his first year of racing. I know that he will only continue to improve as he continues to pursue his passion."