Phoenix: Frisselle brothers preview

Frisselles ready for Phoenix dogfight Phoenix, AZ (9 September 2005)-- After carding their best finish of the season with a seventh place run at Mid-Ohio in their Synergy Racing RX.Com BMW/Doran, Burt and Brian Frisselle will be looking for...

Frisselles ready for Phoenix dogfight

Phoenix, AZ (9 September 2005)-- After carding their best finish of the season with a seventh place run at Mid-Ohio in their Synergy Racing RX.Com BMW/Doran, Burt and Brian Frisselle will be looking for another strong finish this Saturday in the Phoenix 250 at Phoenix International Raceway for round eleven of the Rolex Sports Car Series.

The Saturday night event will be the first time the Daytona Prototypes have staged a stand-alone race, as the infield road circuit is too tight to take on both the DP and GT classes. Despite the fact that the typical Porsche and BMW GT traffic won't be sharing the track with the high-speed Prototypes, the short track should still be a busy place for Burt and Brian.

"Everyone thinks everything is going to be easy without the GT cars slowing us down, but I bet traffic is still going to be an issue with the Prototypes because this is a very small track with fast laps, so it should be interesting," said Burt. "Hopefully we can qualify well, keep out of trouble, and be there at the end for another good finish for RX.com."

For rookie Brian, the Phoenix track is yet another that he is taking on for the first time this season, and the Frisselles arrived early to the desert to get a good look at the track.

"There really isn't too much to this track," said Burt. "But there are some nuances to it that dad and I wanted to make sure Brian knew about because there is definitely some time to be made up in some of the slow corners. Getting a good launch out of the hairpin and back onto the oval is going to be key."

The Phoenix race marks the first time the Rolex Series has raced on an oval-based road course since July at Daytona, where Burt and Brian were running in second before a headlight went out and forced them out of podium contention late in the race.

"Synergy Racing has developed a pretty solid set-up for this car on the rovals," said Burt. "They were strong here last year and we did well at Daytona until the light went out, so hopefully we should be strong."

The weekend schedule pays heed to the fact of the searing Phoenix heat, with the race and several of the sessions set for after the sun sets. However, the temperatures are still extreme and the young brother driver pairing is hoping that plays into their hands.

"We have been keeping up our training, and I have to admit that even though we have been running in ninety-five degree heat with high humidity in Miami, it is still going to be warm in the car," said Brian. "But I think we are a little bit better prepared than some of the other guys-we have age on our side and the Glycomax guys will be here as well, so hopefully we can use it to our advantage."

Practice will get underway at 7:25 PM local time on Thursday, with the qualifying session set for 6:45 PM on Friday. Saturday's 166-lap event will get underway at 7:00 PM local, with the race slated to be shown on Speed Channel at 4:00 PM ET on Sunday, September 11th.

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