Mexico City: Frisselle brothers preview

Frisselles focused on finale at Mexico City (2 November 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are geared up for the final race of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season as they hope to convert the speed they have shown in the Synergy Racing RX.com...

Frisselles focused on finale at Mexico City

(2 November 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are geared up for the final race of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season as they hope to convert the speed they have shown in the Synergy Racing RX.com BMW/Doran into a strong result to close out the season. The two are the youngest full-time driver pairing in Grand American's top Daytona Prototype class and have led several races this season, only to have racing luck work against them on multiple occasions.

But the two are focused on the future, not the past, and see this weekend as another opportunity to shine. The visit to the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit will be the first for both drivers, as well as for most of the Rolex field, something that younger brother Brian is hoping works in their favor.

"I have had to learn a lot of the tracks this season," said Brian. "Even if I'd raced there before in other cars, I still had to figure out the quick way around in a prototype, and that is something that everyone will be struggling with this weekend, at least initially. But I have been watching in-car footage and I think this track is going to be really good for us. The esses in the back remind me a bit of the team's home track (VIR), and having that long front stretch is going to make for a lot of passing opportunities."

When asked about his rookie season of Rolex racing, Brian responds that he has been pleased with his progress through the year, highlighted by his huge run to the front at Watkins Glen, making a bold move in the esses to take the lead midway through the race, but he is hungry to get the results to match the pace.

"It has been a great year for me because I have learned so much and got so much exposure to so many racing situations that I can draw on in the future," said Brian. "It has also been great to race with my brother and he has been a huge help to me all season, so we just want to finish on a high note this weekend in Mexico."

For older brother Burt, he is also adamant about the speed that the two have shown and is equally hungry to get a strong result to finish the season. Burt is also looking forward to being a part of the Rolex Mexico debut event, as he knows that the massive crowds will be enthusiastic.

"Synergy has continued to find more speed in the Doran all season," said Burt, who made his first professional race start south of the border in Monterrey, Mexico two years ago. "Racing in Mexico should be a blast because there are no fans anywhere in the world like Mexican race fans, and they are going to be really impressed with the show we put on."

The Mexico City event will not only pit the Rolex teams against a new track, but the event will also put a strain on the drivers thanks to the thin air available at the city's 7,400-foot elevation.

"That shouldn't be a concern for us," said Burt. "We have both stayed on our training regimens since VIR, and the elevation shouldn't have much of an effect on us. Even though it's likely to be pretty warm in the car, I am confident that we are prepared to deal with both the elevation and the heat."

The race will be broadcast live on Speed Channel beginning at 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, November 4th.

As the youngest full-time driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex Sports Car Series, Burt and Brian Frisselle have generated a lot of excitement about the future of American road racing. The two brothers, who are now based in Miami but have lived all across the country in California, Hawaii, and New Hampshire, have teamed with RX.com to race with one of Grand Am's most successful teams in Synergy Racing. Burt has one year of Rolex competition under his belt, while younger brother Brian is in his rookie season in the top Daytona Prototype category.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle