Frisselles ready for Daytona sprint Daytona, FL (28 June 05)-- With two consecutive top-ten finishes under their belt, Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking forward to Thursday's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway for round...
Frisselles ready for Daytona sprint
Daytona, FL (28 June 05)-- With two consecutive top-ten finishes under their belt, Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking forward to Thursday's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway for round seven of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series in their BMW-powered RX.Com Doran. The least two races were six-hour events, but Thursday's event marks a return to the 'sprint' format of Rolex racing, with the race scheduled for seventy laps, or two and three-quarter hours.
The Thursday evening race will be the kick-off event of the Pepsi 400 weekend for NASCAR's Nextel Cup, and means that the drivers will be working a highly condensed schedule, with practice, qualifying, and the race all taking place on Thursday.
For Brian, who is contesting his first season of racing in the top Daytona Prototype category and made his debut in the famed Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier this year, the race will be the first weekend he will be taking to a track where he has already driven his BMW-powered Doran.
"Already having run here before in this car is a huge comfort for me," said Brian. "I'll be able to get in the car, and just get to work right away and not have to take any time to get comfortable with the track like I have had to do at the races so far this season. Hopefully we can be quick and challenge for a podium position."
The track has also changed some since the brothers last raced there in February, as the infield road course section has been repaved and the brothers are hoping that works out in their favor.
"I know that the track will have more grip now that its been repaved, and while of course that will be the same for everyone, hopefully it will help us out more because overall grip is something we are always chasing," said Burt.
For Burt, the race will mark the third time he has raced at Daytona in his Rolex career, and feels as though it's a special opportunity to race on this track as part of the NEXTEL Cup weekend.
"It's great to be racing again at Daytona--Grand Am is based there, it's a marquee track, and of course being part of the NASCAR weekend is very exciting. There is so much history at the track, it's just a special place to race. I am also glad that we are racing much earlier than we did there last year, and hopefully we can keep winning new fans to the sport."
Running practice, qualifying, and then the race all in one day is a tall order, particularly as the late June Florida weather is likely to be brutally hot, but both brothers feel like they have worked hard to be physically prepared for this event.
"The heat is going to be a huge factor, but the Glycomax guys will be there and Brian and I always train at the hottest part of the day here in Miami, so as long as we stay hydrated, it shouldn't be a problem," said Burt.
"This is going to be like nothing I have ever done-practice, qualifying, and the race all on one day-its going to be physically exhausting, but I feel ready for it," agreed Brian.
The race will begin at 7:15 PM EST, and will be broadcast by Speed Channel beginning at 8:00 PM EST June 30th.
* On Wednesday, Burt and Brian will once again be visiting the Betty Jane France Center of Excellence for Children and Women 'Speediatrics' center, a 31-bed hospital unit that uses the racing theme to comfort healing children. Burt and Brian, who are active in raising awareness for American Humane and The Lupus Foundation of America, enjoy the hospital visits and bringing joy to the recovering children. Burt and Brian will be bringing their helmets along as well as signing autographs for the kids that they meet.
* Burt and Brian continue to train aggressively so they can get the most out of themselves in the high-temperature closed cockpit Daytona Prototype, working out in the heat of the day at home near Miami to prepare for the upcoming races.
* LAST RACE: Six Hours/Watkins Glen --Qual-12th, Finish 9th
NEXT RACE: after the June 30 Daytona event, the Frisselles will race again at Barber Motorsports Park on July 29-31 in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant.