Frisselles ready to run into the sun at Mid-Ohio (Watkins Glen, NY) 3 June 2006-- Bolstered by their best finish of the season three weeks ago at Watkins Glen, Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking forward to keeping that momentum up and taking...
Frisselles ready to run into the sun at Mid-Ohio
(Watkins Glen, NY) 3 June 2006-- Bolstered by their best finish of the season three weeks ago at Watkins Glen, Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking forward to keeping that momentum up and taking another top-ten in this Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic presented by Key Bank at the newly repaved Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Coming off a strong result after co-driving at the Glen with their childhood racing hero Al Unser, Jr., and knowing that Mid-Ohio was the site of the young brothers' best finish last season, the Frisselles are carrying some pride in their stride as they prepare for Saturday evening's run into the sun at the 2.258-mile natural terrain road course in the Synergy Racing Porsche-powered GlycoMax Doran.
The 2006 season has provided a fair share of ups and downs for Burt and Brian, as the two have shown great speed, but haven't often had the luck they've looked for as several swift runs have been hampered by mechanical issues. But after completing the six-hour endurance run at Watkins Glen with a strong top-ten finish, and having had a trouble-free test at Mid-Ohio in May, the two are optimistic about the Mid-Ohio weekend.
"I definitely feel like we have turned a corner," said Burt. "Everyone is pumped up about racing on this track, a lot of the guys on the crew live here, and I think it's going to be a good weekend for us. This is such a great drivers track, with a little bit of everything--elevation changes, fast straights and some very technical sections, so it's a track that brings a smile to your face every lap."
Mid-Ohio is a track that both brothers have extensive experience on-something they showed last August by qualifying ninth and taking a seventh place finish. The track will provide a new challenge, if a little more pleasant one, as the entire circuit has been repaved as part of a significant overall upgrade of the famed Ohio facility.
Brian had the opportunity to get a brief sample of the new surface when he worked with NASCAR driver Ricky Rudd as Rudd got his first taste of Daytona Prototype running last month in testing.
"We were pretty excited about the pace that we had during the test," said Brian. "The new surface is great-no more concrete patches at all the apexes, and just a great surface all around. We were worried that with the repaving, we would have to start from scratch with the car, but we were right where we wanted to be by the end of the test, so hopefully that will give us an edge this weekend. The Doran might not be the quickest car over a single qualifying lap, but we know the race pace is good, so that's what we will focus on."
Starting at 5:30 PM on Saturday evening, the two and three-quarter hour event will race into the sunset
The EMCO Gears Classic will take the green flag at 5:30 PM Saturday evening, with a two and three-quarter hour sprint into the sunset. SPEED will carry the race on a tape-delay basis starting at 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 25th.