Ready to Race: After a Successful Test at Talladega, PoleVision Racing Looks to be Competitive at Laguna Seca Oxford, AL (August 24-25, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, drivers for PoleVision Racing in the Formula BMW USA series, ...
Ready to Race: After a Successful Test at Talladega, PoleVision Racing Looks to be Competitive at Laguna Seca
Oxford, AL (August 24-25, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, drivers for PoleVision Racing in the Formula BMW USA series, completed a very successful test at Talladega Grand Prix Raceway this week in Alabama. John Mullen, chief engineer for PoleVision, planned to use the test to make significant improvements on both the #48 and #98 BMW FB2 machines in preparation for the series finale in Monterey next month.
Frisselle, who earned both his and the team's first Formula BMW USA podium at Road America earlier this month, was very eager for the opportunity to test and improve the car for another shot at the podium in Laguna Seca. The young talent from Hawaii worked diligently with Mullen as they experimented with dramatic changes to the car's set-up. The adjustments to the #48 Lowe's machine were a success, and by the end of the day Frisselle was impressively fast despite his old tires.
"I am definitely pleased with today's testing," Friselle commented. "We learned a great deal and made some major changes to our set-up, which has noticeably improved the performance of the car. I feel confident that what we accomplished today will give us what we need to be competitive at Laguna next month."
Derek Burseth, the young rookie from Chicago, had a successful two days behind the wheel. Working closely with his engineer, Burseth was able to practice and improve his race craft, as well as execute increasingly faster lap times.
Team owner Benoît Morand stated, "This test was a great success for our team. I am extremely pleased with Derek Burseth's progress over the past two days. His hard work and determination paid off, and we saw great improvement in his driving. I feel very confident that he will do well at Laguna." Morand continued, "For Brian, the focus was on the technical aspects of his car and making the improvements necessary to give him a competitive machine. By the end of the day on Wednesday Brian was turning very fast laps on old tires, and I am confident that he now has a race car that will allow him to perform to the best of his ability at Laguna."
"We also had the opportunity to put Michael Abate (Las Vegas, NV) behind the wheel of the BMW FB2 car, and I am very pleased with his performance," Morand stated. "He did an excellent job working with our team and was very fast right off the bat."
"This was a crucial test for our team and I am thrilled to say that the progress we have made here is substantial. Derek's focus and hard work with the team helped us to improve his car, and with his increasing confidence he continues to show progress in his driving. In addition, the strides we made with Brian's car are tremendous. We made significant changes to the set-up and immediately saw the performance of the machine improve. I feel confident that we have prepared a podium car for him to race at Laguna. I look forward to seeing both Derek and Brian have a great end to what has been a very challenging season."
The team now returns to Guntersville, Alabama to prepare for the final rounds of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship, September 11-12, 2004 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.