Frisselle Brothers get fast start to Miami Grand Prix Miami, FL (3 March 05)--The first day of practice for the Miami Grand Prix saw Burt and Brian Frisselle take the twelfth quickest time of the day with a 1:15.784-second lap of the 2.3-mile...
Frisselle Brothers get fast start to Miami Grand Prix
Miami, FL (3 March 05)--The first day of practice for the Miami Grand Prix saw Burt and Brian Frisselle take the twelfth quickest time of the day with a 1:15.784-second lap of the 2.3-mile infield road course at Homestead Miami Speedway in their RX.com BMW/Doran. Despite not being in the top ten, the brothers are far from discouraged, though, as their time is less than one second from the fastest of the day, and the two are confident they know where to find the extra speed and move closer to the front in Friday's qualifying.
"We did our fastest lap of the day on our last lap on very old tires, so I am really happy about how much progress we made today," said Burt Frisselle, who scored a podium finish in his first ever Rolex event a year ago at the Homestead facility. "The field is so incredibly tight for this race-with nearly twenty guys within two seconds of the fastest time-that to be where we are with old tires, it's a good confidence boost heading into qualifying."
Brian Frisselle, who at 21 is the youngest driver in Grand American's top Daytona Prototype class, has been learning his way around the track, and knows that he also has more speed to show.
"Its my first time here, so I am still working on finding all the speed that's in the car," said Brian. "Burt and I will go over the data tonight so I can see where to find some tenths out there, but overall, I feel like I am pretty comfortable here at Homestead. The banking is impressive, and I was initially surprised at how much different the banking was here than what I experienced at Daytona last month. I think today we have started to show what we are capable of, and hopefully we can surprise some people tomorrow!"
Qualifying for round two of the Rolex Sports Car Series is scheduled to get underway at 4:30 pm, with just fifteen minutes to set the grid for Saturday's race.
* Burt and Brian visited the Speediatrics Clinic-a hospital in Homestead that focuses on the special needs of child patients. The two signed autographs and showed the interested youngsters their helmets. Brian signed the wall of the clinic, signing next to where Burt signed on a previous visit. The clinic will soon be relocating to a larger, state-of-the-art facility in Homestead.
* Young Stars--At 21 and 23, the Frisselle brothers are the youngest driver pairing in the Daytona Prototype class.
* Close to home--the Hawaii natives are racing close to home this weekend, having made nearby Aventura, Florida, their home.
* 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.
Saturday's two hour and forty-five minute race will be broadcast live at 3:00 pm EST on Speed Channel.