Contact frustrates Frisselles once again Monterey, CA (1 May 05)-- With a lot of laps and a lot of wins at Laguna Seca, Burt and Brian Frisselle were looking for a bit of a home field advantage in Sunday's Road & Track 250, but for the...
Contact frustrates Frisselles once again
Monterey, CA (1 May 05)-- With a lot of laps and a lot of wins at Laguna Seca, Burt and Brian Frisselle were looking for a bit of a home field advantage in Sunday's Road & Track 250, but for the second race in a row, the RX.Com BMW-Doran suffered from contact and was knocked out of the running early in the race before another clumsy competitor crashed the Synergy Racing machine later in the race, ending the brothers race for good.
The race weekend marked the first time that Brian Frisselle, the youngest driver in the top Daytona Prototype category, qualified the car. Brian stepped up the challenge, taking seventh on the grid for the two hour and forty-five minute race. Brian also got another 'first' out of the way as he took the green flag for the start for the first time in his young Rolex career, and was immediately in the thick of the race with the lead pack.
Unfortunately, as the leaders began lapping the GT cars, Brian got caught out when the pack overslowed for a corner, and he found himself spinning and was hit in the back of the car, forcing him into the pits to fix the considerable damage to the car's rear suspension.
"It was an exciting start, but I hate that we got caught up in that mess and got so much damage to the car," said Brian. "The guys fixed the car right away, but the car wasn't quite the same after that. We of course wanted to get a good finish on this track, but at least we had a good qualifying and now I have a start under my belt, so we'll just try and keep learning and get ready for the next race."
The Synergy Racing squad put the car back in shape in short order, and Brian went back on track, working his way back up the order before turning the car over to Burt. Despite the deficit to the leaders, Burt put his head down and got to work, making the most of the fresh sticker tires the team had saved for the closing segments of the race.
"I was having a lot of fun out there!" said Burt. "I was trying to keep out of the way of the leaders and let them race, but I got involved with some good battles and was actually having a blast on this track even though we were way down in the standings."
His fun quickly ended, though, as a GT car turned into Burt in the middle of the high-speed kink on the front stretch of the track, sending both cars spinning into the wall and out of the race. After the race, Grand American race officials agreed that the 26 car had been at fault in the accident.
"I have no idea what he was thinking to turn into me there," said Burt. "It caused so much damage to the car that we just couldn't finish the race which is a shame. It's just a bit frustrating because we feel like we have a fast car, but haven't been able to show it yet because we keep getting knocked out of the races. But the team keeps moving forward together, and I know we have some good finishes ahead of us, so we'll just keep working on it and get ready for Tremblant."
Burt and Brian Frisselle will be back in action at the fantastic Mt. Tremblant circuit north of Montreal on the weekend of May 22-23 for the Rolex Series' first six hour event of the season.