Frisselles looking for upturn in fortunes at Laguna with GlycoMax (Monterey, CA) 3 May 2006--The 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season hasn't gotten off to the start that Burt and Brian Frisselle had hoped for, but armed with a fast car, a...
Frisselles looking for upturn in fortunes at Laguna with GlycoMax
(Monterey, CA) 3 May 2006--The 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season hasn't gotten off to the start that Burt and Brian Frisselle had hoped for, but armed with a fast car, a powerful Porsche motor, and a strong team behind them, the two young racers are looking forward to the U.S. Sportscar Invitational this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.
The GlycoMax machine has had an up and down season so far, having led the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, starting on the front row in Mexico City after Brian put in a career-best qualifying effort, starting from sixth in Miami, and running in fifth in the last round at Virginia International Raceway. Unfortunately, a variety of mechanical issues have translated into just one top-ten finish thus far this season despite the clear pace that the Frisselles bring to the track every morning.
This kind of luck would deter most racers, but not the Frisselles, who are determined to convert their qualifying and race pace into a strong result for Synergy Racing.
"Just keeping our focus on the next race is very important," said older brother Burt. "Every new race weekend is a new chance for us, and we have shown how quick this car can be, so there is plenty of reason for optimism for us. In racing, there are things you can control, and things you can't, and what's been keeping us from finishing the races have largely been beyond our control."
The U.S. Sportscar Invitational marks round six of the Rolex Sports Car Series season, and the famed 2.238-mile road course is considered a highlight of any race series schedule.
"We both raced at Laguna a lot when we started racing because it was the closest track to Hawaii, and of course because it's a track that everyone wants to race on," said Burt. "I had my first pro racing start at Laguna, and I just love racing there."
Running at Laguna sparks not only memories of racing in formula car competition as the two worked their way up the motorsports ladder, but it also of some relished battles between the two brothers.
"We had some great fights racing at Laguna in Skip Barber," said Brian. "Racing there wheel to wheel against my brother is one of my favorite memories at that track, and now to be sharing the Glycomax car with him there, that's the only thing that's better."
The Laguna Seca race weekend will feature two races, as the grid for Sunday's nearly three-hour race will be set by a half-hour sprint event on Saturday afternoon. Despite the short race distance, the race will provide the same points payout as the full-length feature on Sunday, giving the Frisselles double the opportunity to move up in the points standings this weekend, a welcome chance for the Frisselles.
There are a total of five Rolex race weekends that will feature the qualifying race format, and with some room to move in the points battle, the Frisselles are hoping to make the most of all of them.
"The qualifying races are going to be interesting-everyone is fighting hard to get those points, but you also have to make sure that you don't get caught up in someone else's being too aggressive, because you have to save the car a little bit for the long race," said Brian. "As a racer, that's all you want to do is to race, and the qualifying events give us even more chances for points."