Al Unser Jr. to join Frisselles at Watkins Glen (Watkins Glen, NY) May 24 2006-- A new chapter in the long racing history between the Frisselle and Unser families will open with the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen next weekend, as ...
Al Unser Jr. to join Frisselles at Watkins Glen
(Watkins Glen, NY) May 24 2006-- A new chapter in the long racing history between the Frisselle and Unser families will open with the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen next weekend, as two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. will co-drive the Porsche-powered GlycoMax Doran with Burt and Brian Frisselle in the Watkins Glen round of the Rolex Sports Car Series.
The two racing families have a long history in the sport together going back to the very start of Unser's racing career. Unser, who won the 1982 Can-Am Championship in the Frissbee GR2, a car designed by Burt and Brian's father Brad, has a long history of success in endurance racing with two overall wins in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and is looking forward to making his Daytona Prototype debut.
"I love racing...I just really, really love it," said Unser. "I learned that you can take the boy out of racing, but you can't take racing out of the boy. I have always enjoyed endurance racing, and I have known Brad for a long time, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun to go racing with his boys. My dad had great success driving with Brad in the late 70's and early 80's. Running at such a drivers track like the Glen is going to be a great follow up to the Indy 500 and my return to racing, and I am glad that A1 TEAM USA has also signed on to be a part of the effort."
Brad Frisselle, who was the IMSA GTU Champion in 1976 and won the 12 Hours of Sebring twice as a driver before starting his own team, oversaw the design, construction, and development of the Frissbee Can-Am car, which was a revolutionary design and enjoyed considerable success including Unser's run to the championship in 1982.
Despite stepping out of the motorsports world to start a family in the 80's, Brad still passed on the passion to his young sons, and in 1988 took the family to see the 1988 Long Beach Grand Prix. The race was the first that Burt and Brian had ever attended, and sparked an immediate desire to become racers themselves as the watched Unser Jr. win.
"It was the fulfillment of a long time dream for Brian and I to get to race together, and now, we are sharing the car with a guy who was our hero growing up, so it's incredibly exciting," said Burt.
Burt also raced against "Just Al" Unser in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2003, and is looking forward to sharing the car with Unser Jr. at Watkins Glen, a track that has seen Burt on the Rolex podium before.
"Our families have known each other for so long, that its going to be a bit like a reunion for everyone at the Glen weekend," said Brian. "I feel very fortunate to get the chance to share the car with a legend like Al, and I just can't wait for the weekend to get started."