Frisselle Brothers looking forward to Fontana Miami, FL (30 March 05)--After leading for the first time last month in just their second Rolex Sports Car Series race together, Burt and Brian Frisselle are eager to get back in action this weekend...
Frisselle Brothers looking forward to Fontana
Miami, FL (30 March 05)--After leading for the first time last month in just their second Rolex Sports Car Series race together, Burt and Brian Frisselle are eager to get back in action this weekend at California Speedway in Fontana for the Grand American 400 in their RX.com BMW-powered Doran. The two are also looking forward to the weekend as a sort of homecoming, as the brothers were both born in Los Angeles, and still have a lot of family in the area.
And it's not just the region that the Frisselles like to visit, as the 2.82-mile infield road course at California Speedway also holds fond memories for the brothers as well. Burt scored his first-ever win at the track just a few months after first stepping into a racecar. As much as Burt and Brian enjoy racing on the same team as they are this season, their fiercely competitive spirit has seen them race wheel to wheel in several thrilling duels against each other in formula cars at California Speedway.
At just 21 and 24, Brian and Burt are the youngest driver pairing in the Daytona Prototype category, the top class of Rolex competition. The two had a bit of a breakthrough in the last round, as Burt powered the car to the lead in the middle stages of the race and held the point for several laps. The race didn't see the brothers score the result they were looking for, but they know they have what it takes to run up front.
"Homestead was a good experience for us-the team continues to gel and we were able to get to the front, but of course, we didn't finish the way we wanted to so we are hungry for a good result," said the elder Frisselle, Burt. "We have some excellent power coming from our Dinan BMW, and the Doran is pretty aero-efficient, so hopefully we can score some points at Fontana this weekend and move on to some of the natural road courses, where I think the Doran really shines."
Despite making it look easy in Homestead, Burt knows how tough it is to run up front in the Rolex Sports Car Series.
"This series is amazing for how incredibly competitive it is and how many strong teams and talented drivers there are fighting to be up front," said Burt. "So while it felt good to be up there, really we want to be up front at the finish and so we are just going to keep working to get there."
Brian Frisselle has adapted quickly after making the significant step up from the Formula BMW ranks last season into the powerful RX.com Daytona Prototype, and is glad to be racing on a track that he knows.
"After racing at Daytona and Homestead, it's going to be nice to go to a track that I have a good idea of how to get around," smiled Brian. "But I think it's going to be a lot different from behind the wheel of the RX.com car than anything else I have ever driven!"
Brian knows that his Synergy Racing team has been continuing work to develop the BMW-Doran package, but after suffering from dehydration in the last round, there is one improvement that he is really looking forward to testing this weekend.
"At Homestead, we didn't have the cooling system in and the drinks bottle wasn't working, so it took a lot out of me during the race, so I am really looking forward to being in the car with all those systems set up this weekend. We will get a chance during the test day on Thursday to make sure everything is all set, and it will give me a chance to get used to driving the track in a much faster car..."
Frisselle has also used the experience to ratchet up his already intense training schedule, doing his toughest workouts at the hottest times of the day to insure that he's ready for the extreme heat of the Daytona Prototype's closed cockpit.
Round three of the Rolex Sports Car Series will be broadcast live on Speed Channel beginning at 4:00 pm EST on Sunday.
* Young Stars--At 21 and 24, the Frisselle brothers are the youngest driver pairing in the Daytona Prototype class.
* Burt and Brian will be participating in Fontana's "Fontana's Cruise Night," a car show just a few miles from the track. The brothers will be signing autographs from 6-7 p.m. along with drivers from the Ganassi team for the event.
* Video made the racing star--the Frisselle brothers are the subject of an ongoing film project, with the first installment following the two through their Daytona 24 debut available at www.frisselleracing.com.
* Unusual training--in addition to their normal physical training routines, Burt and Brian have also been keeping shape by playing paint ball on a regular basis.