Sears Point: Frisselle Racing qualifying report

Frisselle qualifies fourth at Infineon (Sonoma, CA) 25 August 2006- Burt Frisselle will start the Sonoma 250 from fourth on the GT grid after netting a fast lap time of 1:38.935-seconds on the 2.52-mile Infineon Raceway in the Pacific ...

Frisselle qualifies fourth at Infineon

(Sonoma, CA) 25 August 2006- Burt Frisselle will start the Sonoma 250 from fourth on the GT grid after netting a fast lap time of 1:38.935-seconds on the 2.52-mile Infineon Raceway in the Pacific Coast Motorsports Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R. Burt will drive the opening stint in the two-hour event before turning the car over to famed road racing ace Tommy Kendall to take to the finish.

The qualifying effort slots the PCM GT-class entry on the second row, directly behind one of the factory Pontiac GTO.R machines and ahead of the second factory entry. The result is all the more impressive given that the weekend marks the first time Burt has raced at the scenic wine country facility.

"The car is really good and I'm having a lot of fun this weekend," smiled Burt. "We have a good balance in the car and keep improving each session. There are a couple things we are going to try in the morning warm up, but we are pretty much right where we want to be for the race with the GTO.R. Hopefully we can help Pontiac get closer to the championship with a good result."

"My goal is the same as Pontiacs-to win," said Kendall. "The factory guys have their focus on the championship, but fortunately for us we aren't encumbered by that and can just focus all-out on going for a win tomorrow."

The fraternal fortunes were not quite as hoped for Burt's younger brother Brian, who is making his debut with Michael Shank Racing this weekend in the Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach Lexus/Riley Daytona Prototype, as the young charger finished sixteenth in the final qualifying order when a gamble on set-up didn't pay off.

"We just went the wrong way this afternoon," lamented Brian. "I'm disappointed for the team because we will have a lot of work to do once the race starts, but we've had a good car all weekend and I know we'll be able to move up tomorrow. Mike (Borkowski) certainly knows how to make a strong charge at the end, so I think we should still be able to get a good finish."

For the first time this season, Burt and Brian will both be taking the green flag at the same time when the two-hour event gets underway at 3:00 PM local time, with the race broadcast at 3:00 PM ET on Speed Channel on Sunday.

-credit: www.frisselleracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Michael Shank , Tommy Kendall
Teams Michael Shank Racing