VIR: Frisselle Racing Friday report

Frisselles back in action at VIR (Alton, VA) 21 April 2006-- The Frisselles didn't get the VIR 400 race weekend off quite as they had hoped to, as the young brother driving duo wrestled with a Daytona Prototype that wasn't handling to their ...

Frisselles back in action at VIR

(Alton, VA) 21 April 2006-- The Frisselles didn't get the VIR 400 race weekend off quite as they had hoped to, as the young brother driving duo wrestled with a Daytona Prototype that wasn't handling to their liking. But, Virginia International Raceway is the home track for Synergy Racing, so they know every foot of this race track and are likely to have something up their sleeves for the rest of the weekend, as Burt and Brian will be sharing the Lucas Oil/Synergy Racing Porsche-powered Doran once again in round five of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season.

"We have had some issues with the car that we just need to get sorted out before tomorrow," said Burt. "They are small things, but once we get them taken care of, we should be in much better shape. We know this track, and we know that we have a good set-up, but we just need to get the car back up to 100% for the rest of the weekend."

The VIR will see the debut running of the Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying race format, which will utilize a half-hour qualifying race on Saturday to set the grid for Sunday's three-hour race. Burt will taking the controls for the qualifying race, and the Grand Am rules state that Brian will take the green flag for the race on Sunday. The qualifying race will pay full driver points, so it could provide a strong opportunity to move up in the standings.

"I am a race car driver, and so to get the chance to race twice in one weekend is really an exciting prospect," said Burt. "Hopefully guys won't be going too crazy out there so no one has to re-build a race car Saturday night!"

With a best lap time 1:48.495-seconds around the 3.27-mile natural road course, the Lucas Oil machine wasn't able to crack the top ten in the day's overall standings, but with one practice session in the morning (which will set the grid for the qualifying race), and a three-hour race on Sunday, the brothers are confident that they can once again move to the front.

"We always seem to get momentum going through the weekend, and hopefully that will be the case again here," said Brian. "This is Synergy's home race, so of course everyone is extra motivated, and with all these points in play with the two races, it's a great chance for us to get some solid finishes and move up the order. Running at this track is just fantastic-I know that there will be a lot of traffic during the race, but when you do get a clear lap, its one of the most fun tracks to run on."

A morning practice session will set the grid for the afternoon qualifying race. A light rain fell during the day on Friday, and with rains predicted once again for Saturday, VIR could well set the stage once again for some very exciting racing.

-fr

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