Laguna Seca: Frisselle brothers qualifying report

Frisselles Score seventh on Rolex grid for Road & Track 250 Monterey, CA (30 April 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle will start from seventh in Sunday's Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after Brian carded a fast lap time of 1:25.504 ...

Frisselles Score seventh on Rolex grid for Road & Track 250

Monterey, CA (30 April 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle will start from seventh in Sunday's Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after Brian carded a fast lap time of 1:25.504 seconds in just his first Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying effort. Brian, who is the youngest driver in the Daytona Prototype class, admits to being a little nervous before the session, but he put in a fantastic effort in the RX.Com BMW-Doran.

"My heart was definitely racing before we got the green flag, but once I got out on the track I stopped thinking about it and just worked on finding my marks and improving every lap," said Frisselle.

The fifteen-minute qualifying session was halted after just five minutes to retrieve a competitors' car from the tire wall. The timing was good for Brian as he dove into the pits and raced to get back into line for the restart of the session.

"I was worried I wasn't going to get any more laps, but fortunately they got everything cleaned up quickly and I was the first one back out on the track, so I just tried to build a gap to everyone behind me so I could concentrate on getting the most out of the car. Every lap I did was faster until the very last lap--I was even faster on that lap, but I just missed my mark going into the corkscrew but I was pushing a bit too hard and it ruined my fastest lap. But that's part of my learning process, and I'm really happy with the result as I feel like I am getting more and more comfortable with finding the car's limit on a consistent basis and getting the most out of it."

Burt, who handled the qualifying duties for the last two races and has led them both, was glad to see his little brother step up to the challenge of qualifying and deliver a strong result.

"Brian did an awesome job," enthused Burt. "Even though we were nowhere on the timing sheets this morning, we both knew we had a strong car and all we needed was some clear track to show that. For the short period of time he has had to learn these cars, Brian has really improved every race weekend and the team also keeps moving forward, so we are all very encouraged. We will just have to keep our nose clean during the race, and hopefully we can get a good finish in one of these races!"

Now that he has done a good job in his first qualifying, Brian is now hoping to do a good job for the first Rolex Sports Car Series start of his career.

"I hope everyone resists trying to make big moves at the start," said Brian. "It's a long race and I just want to get settled into a good race pace and turn the car over to Burt in a strong position. There are a lot of fast guys all around me, though, so I think its going to be pretty hectic at the start!"

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle