Burt Frisselle's co-driver named for Sonoma race

Burt Frisselle to team with Tommy Kendall at Infineon (Watkins Glen, NY) 10 August 2006-After posting a strong fifth-place run in his GT debut at Barber Motorsports Park, Burt Frisselle has been signed to race the Ironclad/Wine Country...

Burt Frisselle to team with Tommy Kendall at Infineon

(Watkins Glen, NY) 10 August 2006-After posting a strong fifth-place run in his GT debut at Barber Motorsports Park, Burt Frisselle has been signed to race the Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R campaigned by Pacific Coast Motorsports in the Rolex Sports Car Series debuts at Infineon Raceway on August 26.

Frisselle, who co-drove in the Daytona Prototype class with Al Unser Jr. earlier this season, will add another famous racing name to his co-driving resume, as champion road racer Tommy Kendall has signed on to share the driving duties with Burt.

"I had a great time in the Ironclad GTO.R at Barber and I'm glad to get another chance to race it again," said Burt. "It's of course really exciting for me to be sharing the car with Tommy, because he is a guy I looked up to long before I got to race myself, and to share a car with him on a track that he has so much experience on is just a great opportunity."

The Infineon event will mark the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class debut for Kendall, who has one of the most impressive records in the sport.

"Since I retired in 1997, I have been very selective about what I've signed on to race in, with the main requisite being I have to work with a team and equipment that will give me a chance to win, and this opportunity definitely fits that bill," said Kendall.

While the Infineon round will be the first time the two have driven together, Kendall and Frissselle are far from strangers.

"Burt's father (Brad) was just getting out of the sport as a driver when I was coming in, so I have known the name for a long time, and I met Burt when I was a judge for a Skip Barber shoot-out, so I know he is talented and I have been following his career for some time now," said Kendall.

With championships in nearly every category he has competed in, Kendall brings both speed and smarts to the table, and is looking forward to putting them to use in Rolex Sports Car Series competition.

"I have had my eye on the category for a long time, and I'm not surprised at all that it's become so healthy because it's a sensible and sustainable platform for teams to work with," said Kendall. "But more importantly, it looks like a ball!"

"It is always a challenge to jump into a new series and a new car in a situation like this because obviously everyone has so much more experience with some of the small but important details like tires and familiarity with all the drivers, but it's clear that this is a competitive package, and Burt and I will definitely be taking the fight to these guys."

Co-driving with his younger brother Brian, Burt's first GT-class start looked to be on track for a podium result, but a last-lap encounter with a balky Daytona Prototype put paid to that chance, but Burt is looking to put what he learned at barber to work in Sonoma.

"We came pretty close to getting third at Barber-right up to the last lap, but it didn't work out that way for us," said Burt. "But its great to have another shot at it with Tommy and I know this car has what it takes to do well."

"We are glad to have Burt race with us again at Infineon," said PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic. "He did a great job for us at Barber, and I think he and Tommy are going to be a great pairing."

-credit: www.frisselleracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Burt Frisselle , Skip Barber , Tommy Kendall