(Birmingham, AL) 30 July 2006-Burt and Brian Frisselle finished fifth in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant in the Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R campaigned by Pacific Coast Motorsports on Sunday, as the young brother ...
(Birmingham, AL) 30 July 2006-Burt and Brian Frisselle finished fifth in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant in the Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R campaigned by Pacific Coast Motorsports on Sunday, as the young brother driving duo impressed in their GT class debut.
Starting from sixth on the grid, Brian was able to move up to fourth in the early going despite a loose-handling car. As the other teams pitted for fuel and new tires, Brian stayed on track and stick to the pit strategy Pacific Coast Motorsports devised to keep pit road time to a minimum. Brian held on strong to turn the car over to Burt after an hour and a half stint in the hot Alabama summer.
"The heat wasn't nearly as much of a factor as I thought it would be," said Brian. "My feet got a little warm, but compared to a Daytona Prototype, it was a walk in the park!"
Burt took to the track and battled his way up to be in third position with one lap to go, but a recalcitrant competing Daytona Prototype held Burt up on the final lap, allowing two GT cars to slip by in the closing corners of the two hour and forty-five minute race.
"The Tuttle DP really cost us a podium on that last lap-I'm not sure what he was thinking trying to race with the GT's," said Burt. "We lost five or six seconds with that and I just couldn't hold off the guys who had new tires because we'd run about an hour and a half on ours. But it was a real pleasure to race with this team, and after the season we've had, to be racing for a podium with one lap to go in our first GT race was really great."
Despite the podium near-miss, the weekend was a big success for the young brothers, who were glad to show that they have the speed to run up front no matter what kind of car they are racing.
"This whole weekend was a breath of fresh air for us--to come in and be quick right out of the gate in a car and class we've never driven before is really encouraging," said Brian. "We were pretty loose all day and that ended up costing us a bit, but the strategy was the right one, and Burt did a great job to bring it home in fourth. We both had a blast out there and of course we'd have loved to be on the podium, but I think we can still be pretty proud of the result here this weekend."
The Frisselles weren't the only ones who were impressed this weekend, either.
"The boys did a great job for us this weekend," said PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic. "We were one lap away from a podium today and it was a really strong GT debut for them both. We certainly feel vindicated about the decision to put them in the car this weekend because they've had a tough season, but we knew they would do a great job for us, and we'd love to have them race with us again."
After their impressive run at Barber, Burt and Brian Frisselle are likely to return to the Rolex paddock once again, and hope to announce their plans for the future this week.