Frisselle brothers both lead Rolex race in Utah Late race contact from behind spoils top-five run (Tooele, UT) 15 September 2007- Burt and Brian Frisselle both enjoyed running the AIM Autosport Lexus-Riley at the front of the Rolex Sports Car...
Frisselle brothers both lead Rolex race in Utah
Late race contact from behind spoils top-five run
(Tooele, UT) 15 September 2007- Burt and Brian Frisselle both enjoyed running the AIM Autosport Lexus-Riley at the front of the Rolex Sports Car Series field on Saturday in the season-ending SunChaser 1000K at Miller Motorsports Park.
The AIM Autosport endurance effort, which opened with a run to fifth in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, was looking well-situated to close the season out in a similar fashion as the No. 61 was firmly in the top five in the opening practice sessions for the Utah finale.
Sharing the car with Mark Wilkins, Brian took the car into the lead ninety minutes into the race before relinquishing the position with a pit stop. The run at the front was the second time in Rolex competition for AIM, which saw Brian lead the pack in the seasons' penultimate round at Infineon Raceway in August.
"It was good to run out front again," said Brian, who out-qualified last year's race winner before the race. "The team did a great job and we were on a good strategy for the finish. It was a fun way to finish out the season, racing with my brother and with Mark. It's been fun sharing the car with Mark this year. We've made a lot of progress every weekend, and we've had a lot of fun, too!"
Burt and Brian scored fifth in the 2006 running of the Utah event, and were looking to go even better in 2007 as Burt took his turn at the front with a twenty-second advantage over the field near the races halfway point. Unfortunately, Burt was hit from behind in the closing stages of the race and was forced to drop back in the order due to the ensuing damage from the hit.
"That was a disappointing way to end the season because we know we had the speed to be in the top five today," said Burt. "But we've raced a lot and learned a lot this season, and we've enjoyed racing for AIM with Mark. We were hoping to close out the year the way we started it, but it just wasn't meant to be I guess. It would have been worse not to have had a fast car, though, and all credit to the team for their effort all year long."
The Frisselles will head back home and begin to work on plans for 2008 and beyond. Look for announcements in the coming months!