SunTrust Racing: Second with Brian Frisselle (1:20.254 at 100.391 mph) The No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara of Wayne Taylor Racing duo of Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle will start Sunday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Verizon Festival of...
SunTrust Racing: Second with Brian Frisselle (1:20.254 at 100.391 mph)
The No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara of Wayne Taylor Racing duo of Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle will start Sunday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Verizon Festival of Speed from the outside of the front row after qualifying Saturday afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, Calif.
Frisselle, new full-time co-driver this season with Max Angelelli in the SunTrust Racing machine, recorded his and the SunTrust team's best qualifying result of 2009 with a lap of 1 minute, 20.254 seconds (100.391 mph) around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit. It was second-fastest among the 34 car-and-driver combinations entered for Sunday's 2-hour, 45-minute race.
"I was fortunate enough to get out first on the track and get in good position at the beginning of the session, so I was able to take it easy, find a good hole, and get a good lap in fairly early," said Frisselle, whose previous two qualifying efforts with the SunTrust team this season netted eighth at Virginia International Raceway in Alton and fifth at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville. "We knew we had a good car for this weekend, and we ran basically the same set of tires in practice the last two days before putting on a fresh set for qualifying. I'm really happy with the effort by the entire SunTrust team and I can't wait to get to work tomorrow."
Today's qualifying result was the best for the SunTrust team since it qualified second in last season's penultimate race at New Jersey. Frisselle's best career qualifying effort was a pole position at the August event at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International last season while driving with the No. 61 AIM Autosport Ford Riley team, where he was a two-time race winner in 2008.
"I'm very happy with where we are," said Wayne Taylor, whose team is coming off a second-place finish at New Jersey two weekends ago. "When we unloaded the car, it was quick straight away. I was convinced we had a top-three car in qualifying, and this is the best I've seen Brian drive all year. Basically, when he got in the car yesterday, he seemed to have a lot of confidence and he really raised his game in qualifying to get that front-row spot. The team did a really good job getting the car comfortable for Brian. We came up with a much better setup that made the car really good. Obviously, it's always nice to get the pole, but to start on the front row this weekend, I think it was a great job by the team. We had a good car here last year. The guys have been working really hard. The competition is very, very tough. It's great for Brian, and it's great for the team to be on the front row."