Frisselles make it to the finish at Laguna Seca (Monterey, CA) 7 May 2006--For Burt and Brian Frisselle, the U.S. Sportscar Invitational at Laguna Seca looked to be a tough assignment, as the two were forced to start twenty-seventh in the race...
Frisselles make it to the finish at Laguna Seca
(Monterey, CA) 7 May 2006--For Burt and Brian Frisselle, the U.S. Sportscar Invitational at Laguna Seca looked to be a tough assignment, as the two were forced to start twenty-seventh in the race after a mechanical problem in qualifying. But in the first half of the race, they made it look easy as Brian started the race and made steady progress forward in the field to move up into the top five some thirty laps into to the race.
The forward progression came at a cost, though, as the powerful Porsche also demonstrated some stingy fuel mileage, giving Brian the option to wait for his pit stop later than many of his competitors. However, several drivers behind were envious of Brian's position, and armed with new tires from their pit stops, were able to give him a considerable challenge.
"Talk about being thrown to the wolves!" said Brian after trading the GlycoMax car off to his brother. "My tires were shot, and everyone behind me had brand new rubber, so there was nothing I could do. Then, on the final restart, that last heat cycle had completely cooked the tires, so I was pretty much a sitting duck. But it was great to make up that much track position, and I just had to do what I could and race everybody as clean as I could because of the pit strategy we were running."
Brian turned the car over to Burt, who rejoined in seventeenth position and was working to replicate his brother's progress through the field, but a momentary off on lap 54 caused damage to the back of the car, sending Burt to the pits for a precautionary check.
After the Synergy Racing crew cleared the carbon fiber from the wheel well, Burt returned to action, but he had fallen back to twenty-first position with the delay. Knowing that every point in the championship battle is one worth fighting for, Burt moved up to take seventeenth at the finish.
"This wasn't the result we wanted of course, but we have had a hard time getting to the finish this season, so it's good to get to the checker today," said Burt. "The car was quicker than it had been all weekend, and even after the rear end was torn up with the damage, it was still pretty balanced and I was able to move up."
The brothers will race again next weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for the Gainsco Grand Prix, and will be looking to build on the Laguna Seca result on a track that they feel their Porsche-powered Doran could do well on.
"We were good there last year, and hopefully will be even better this year with the Porsche power," said Burt. "So we think we could be strong next weekend, and hopefully we can get the GlycoMax car back up into the top ten like we did in Mexico City."