Frisselles look to Laguna for strong finish at 'home' track Miami, FL (26 April 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are keyed up for their next race in their RX.com BMW-powered Doran this weekend, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for round four of the...
Frisselles look to Laguna for strong finish at 'home' track
Miami, FL (26 April 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are keyed up for their next race in their RX.com BMW-powered Doran this weekend, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for round four of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series. This track is the site of many fond memories for the two young racers, and after strong showings in the opening rounds of Rolex Sports Car Series competition, the brother duo are hoping to make some new memories this weekend with a finishing result that reflects their impressive pace.
When the brothers grew up in Hawaii, Laguna Seca was the closest track for them once they caught the racing bug, so both drivers consider the track to be a 'home' event. Burt and Brian have both raced on the track in a wide variety of race cars and are hoping that their experience and background knowledge of the track will help them find the fast way around in the Rolex Series' first visit to the famed facility.
Burt, who has several pole positions and victories to his credit on the 2.238-mile natural road course including a win in the Skip Barber National Championship, made his sports car debut at Laguna Seca in 2003 racing a Porsche in an ALMS event, but hasn't competed on the track since.
"It has been way too long since I last raced at Laguna, so I am particularly excited about the weekend and running on this track with such a fast car," said Burt. "The track itself is just outstanding-with some very high speed and high commitment corners as well as some slower technical sections as well. I think its going to be even more amazing with fifty other cars on the track at the same time--traffic is going to be even more of a factor than it normally is in Rolex races."
Besides being fond of the area and familiar with the track, Burt is confident that the track will help his Synergy Racing team get the most out of their Dinan-prepared BMW/Doran combination.
"The oval-based road courses are an interesting challenge, but I really like being on the natural terrain road courses like Laguna," said Burt. "I also think that the Doran is stronger on these kinds of tracks and I know having the power and torque of the BMW behind me is going to be a big plus."
Brian, who scored his first Skip Barber Formula Dodge win at Laguna Seca only a few months after the first time he'd ever strapped into a race car, took a podium finish in the Star Mazda Pro Series last season to add to his collection of Laguna triumphs, and is glad to be racing on a track he knows now that he has stepped up to the Daytona Prototype class.
"This track is just awesome," said a smiling Brian. "I am really happy that Grand Am decided to race here this year because this is how I think race tracks should be-fast sweeping corners with big elevation changes and of course the corkscrew is going to be amazing in this car! Hopefully we can keep leading the races like we have, and we want to avoid some of the trouble we have had the last couple of races and get a good finish to take some points out of here."