Frisselles get back to work at Barber Birmingham, AL (28 July 05)-- Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle were back in action Thursday, taking the wheel of their Synergy Racing RX.Com BMW/Doran combination at Barber Motorsports Park near ...
Frisselles get back to work at Barber
Birmingham, AL (28 July 05)-- Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle were back in action Thursday, taking the wheel of their Synergy Racing RX.Com BMW/Doran combination at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama for a promoter test day in advance of Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant. Burt and Brian arrived in Alabama with a new bolt of confidence after a strong test last week at Synergy Racing's home track in Virginia.
The Thursday test sessions were run in extreme Alabama heat, with temperatures soaring through the day, as the physical training the brothers have been putting in at home in the heat of Miami came in handy as both Brian and Burt were able to do long stints in the car despite the heat. The team made changes to the car between the morning and afternoon sessions, and the Frisselles are hoping to keep improving their times as they look for a strong finish this weekend to kick off the second half of the Rolex Sports Car Series season.
For Brian, the day was a good opportunity to get familiar with the 2.3-mile natural terrain road circuit, as he'd never driven the 500-hp Daytona Prototype on the track, and he was glad to get the extra preparation today.
"I definitely feel like I've found the quick way around here, but tomorrow I'll start to push it a little bit more, particularly under braking," said Brian. "Our car just didn't have enough grip in the morning session, so we made some changes and hopefully we'll be even faster tomorrow and through the weekend."
For Burt, the Barber race weekend is the second time he's raced at the Barber track, and it's a track he feels right at home on.
"I think we are really good in some sections of this track," said Burt. "It's just a test day, but with traffic being such an issue during the race, I was practicing passing in some areas that people might not expect because I could really carry some good speed there and I think that could be useful during the race. The Synergy guys have done a good job again getting the car ready for the weekend right after the test, and Brian got comfortable right away, so we will come back tomorrow and just keep working on it."
Friday will see two practice sessions for the Rolex Series, with a morning session beginning at 9:40 and an afternoon session getting started at 1:45 PM.
As the youngest full-time driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex Sports Car Series, Burt and Brian Frisselle have generated a lot of excitement about the future of American road racing. The two brothers, who are now based in Miami but have lived all across the country in California, Hawaii, and New Hampshire, have teamed with RX.com to race with one of Grand Am's most successful teams in Synergy Racing. Burt has one year of Rolex competition under his belt, while younger brother Brian is in his rookie season in the top Daytona Prototype category.