Montreal: Brian Frisselle race report

Frisselle gives AIM Autosport first lead laps in Montreal (Montreal, Que) 6 August 2007- Brian Frisselle led the first laps in Rolex Sports Car Series competition for AIM Autosport in the Exchange Traded Gold Lexus-Riley this weekend at the ...

Frisselle gives AIM Autosport first lead laps in Montreal

(Montreal, Que) 6 August 2007- Brian Frisselle led the first laps in Rolex Sports Car Series competition for AIM Autosport in the Exchange Traded Gold Lexus-Riley this weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villenueve with a stint in front of the thirty-six car field during the Montreal 400k. The visit to the 2.71-mile permanent facility on the Ile de Notre Dame was not the first for Frisselle, who made his Montreal debut at the Formula 1 event in Formula BMW USA competition in 2004.

Canadian-based AIM Autosport debuted with a remarkable fifth place finish in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and was looking to add another chapter of success at Montreal, where the team has an extensive resume of wins in a variety of open wheel categories. The team played the pit strategy nearly to perfection after Frisselle took the helm from Canadian co-driver Mark Wilkins, who had put his considerable experience on the Montreal circuit to good use as he set the fastest lap of all five Lexus-powered entries in qualifying.

The run at the front ended sooner than Frisselle was hoping, though, when a competitor made a do-or-die pass to take the lead shortly after a restart. Part-time Rolex runner Garcia demonstrated a remarkable, if not remarkably sensible, high level of commitment as he straight-lined one of the chicanes and directly short cut the course through the grass, careening directly into Brian's path.

"I couldn't believe it," said Frisselle. "It looked like he just didn't care what happened next. He came right out in front of me, and I had a choice to hit him and likely crash out the entire field on a blind corner, or back out of it and keep from hitting him. I know I made the right choice, but it was still pretty amazing. That kind of driving only lasts so long, though."

"I obviously wanted to stay out front to the end, but to have the Gold car up front was great and hopefully Burt and Mark can do it again next week at the Glen!"

The Montreal weekend was yet another in a string of busy race weekends for the Frisselle brothers, who both finished in the top ten yet again in the Cintas/James Hardie Twin 75's at Motor Mile Speedway in NASCAR Late Model competition.

It will be another quick turnaround for the Rolex Sports Car Series, which will race as part of a NASCAR event for the second Friday in a row at Watkins Glen on August 9-10.

-credit: www.frisselleracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle