Frisselles Homeward, and Homestead bound (Homestead, FL) 21 March 2006-- Fresh off a front-row start and a top-ten finish in Mexico City, Miami residents Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking forward to this Saturday's Linder Industrials...
Frisselles Homeward, and Homestead bound
(Homestead, FL) 21 March 2006-- Fresh off a front-row start and a top-ten finish in Mexico City, Miami residents Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking forward to this Saturday's Linder Industrials Grand Prix of Miami as the two young brothers hope to take their Porsche-powered GlycoMax Doran to the front with Synergy Racing.
The race is a home event for the two brothers, as they have lived in Miami for over two years, and are looking to make this Rolex event a special one. The track was the site of older brother Burt's first-ever Rolex start in 2004, one he capped by powering the car across the finish line in third place, scoring a podium in his Rolex debut.
A post-season tire test at the facility also marked the first time the Frisselles got to sample the Porsche powerplant as it was matched to the Synergy Racing Doran, and the team has put its considerable knowledge of the famed Stuttgart mark to work in the Daytona Prototype.
"When we tested here in December, we were still sorting out some of the bugs and didn't get as much track time as we'd hoped for, but every time we went out, the car was fast right away and we went right towards the top of the sheets," said Burt. "Gary (Grossenbacher, Synergy Racing lead engineer) always has a good roval set-up, and we think we should be strong this weekend."
The Mexico City event, which marked the best-ever Rolex qualifying effort for younger brother Brian, has given the young charger even more confidence heading into round three of the 2006 season.
"It was a big boost to my confidence. Last year I drove the car through the field and made it to the front, and this season in Mexico City I put the car on the front row, so that absolutely has me feeling positive about this weekend," said Brian.
While the GlycoMax machine excelled on the Mexico City track, the oval-based road course is going to offer up some different challenges, but the brothers are relishing the chance to do well on their home track.
"The track has some slow sections that you really have to be tidy in and you pay a big price if you try to over-drive there, and then some much faster corners that I really like," said Brian. "The banking is pretty awesome-I have been working with a trainer and we have been focusing on the neck muscles, because you are in the banking for a long time, and that can eventually become a strain later in the race, so I feel like I'm good to go."
The move to the Porsche motor has also made the Doran machine handle more to the brothers liking, particularly on tracks like Homestead.
"We are just better in some of the slower corners because of the way the Porsche is installed, and so while the power the motor provides is important, its also helping us with the handling of the car as well," said Burt.
The Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve will be back in action starting on Thursday, with two practice sessions at Homestead Miami Speedway in advance of Friday's qualifying session. Saturday will feature one warm-up session before the race gets underway at 6:30 PM local time, with an 8:00 PM ET start time for the Speed Channel coverage of the event.