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Burt and Brian Frisselle Reunion Doesn’t Go as Planned in New Jersey

Equipment failure spells a challenge as Burt and Brian share a DP for the first time since 2007

Burt and Brian Frisselle, who have for the last few seasons raced against each other in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, got the chance to once again share a Daytona Prototype as Burt joined Doran Racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park. With the region experiencing an oppressive heat wave, Burt was drafted to join his brother Brian and Henri Richard to share the driving controls in the No .77 Office Depot Ford-Dallara. {{

#77 Brian Frisselle, Burt Frisselle, Henri Richard, Office Depot Ford-Dallara Doran Racing
#77 Brian Frisselle, Burt Frisselle, Henri Richard, Office Depot Ford-Dallara Doran Racing

Photo by: Bob Heathcote

Unfortunately, a promising race outing saw the effort thwarted after some crucial cooling equipment didn’t work properly and cost the Doran squad time in the pits for repairs.

From the high-density metals surrounding the engine bay to insulation that seals the radiators, it takes a lot of things to make a race car work right in the high heat. The same is true of what it takes to allow the drivers to do their jobs inside the cockpit of a Daytona Prototype, which can climb past the 160 degree mark.

Richard opened the race and despite scoring a strong spot on the grid in qualifying, was sent off track following contact from behind from a GT Class machine. This ultimately put the No. 77 car one lap down 30 laps into the race. Burt Frisselle took over the controls and was looking to make the most of a fresh round of Continental Tires. But his sojourn in competition was a short one as none of the driver cooling elements were working properly.

“I want to thank Doran Racing for drafting me here in the last minute to help out. I wish it would have worked out better. That was the worst environment that I’ve ever been in,” said Burt about the extreme temperatures in his SPEED interview. “Brian and I train really hard, in the heat and at altitude. But despite that, even we just couldn’t stay out for any real time with the heat inside the car. It’s incredible. The temperatures can be hard even when those things are working perfectly. But when it is not, it was simply unbearable. It is a shame, but now I’ll look forward to getting back into the GAMMA88 machine at the Glen with AIM Autosport.”

The Doran Racing crew worked to effect repairs on pit lane, but unfortunately were forced to take the car back behind the wall, costing several laps as the car was ultimately classified ninth at the finish.

“It was great to race with Burt again,” said Brian. “It was just not our day today. We had some incidents with some other cars early on which put us a few laps down. Then we had issues with our cool box so it was just one of those days but I think we showed potential at times this weekend and I think we had a decent car, not a top-three but a decently quick car so hopefully we’ll come back and be better at the next one.”

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Brian Frisselle , Bob Heath , Henri Richard
Teams Doran Racing
Tags dallara, doran, ford, frisselle, grand-am, millville, new jersey motorsports, rolex