Burt Frisselle finishes fourteenth in VIR qualifying race (Alton, VA) 23 April 2006-- Brian Frisselle will start the Porsche-powered Lucas Oil Doran from fourteenth on the VIR 400 grid on Sunday after his brother Burt finished fourteenth in the...
Burt Frisselle finishes fourteenth in VIR qualifying race
(Alton, VA) 23 April 2006-- Brian Frisselle will start the Porsche-powered Lucas Oil Doran from fourteenth on the VIR 400 grid on Sunday after his brother Burt finished fourteenth in the half-hour qualifying race at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday.
The Saturday morning practice session, which was originally slated to set the grid for the qualifying race, save for a last minute decision by Grand American not to do so, saw the Lucas Oil Porsche-powered Doran 11th in morning warmup after spending much of the session near the top of the chart.
The decision to not use the morning practice session to set the grid for the qualifying race was disappointing for the Frisselles, as it meant that the Lucas Oil machine was forced to start near the back of the field, which was set by championship points.
The qualifying race start was delayed due to the dangerously wet conditions, but once the field was underway, ran entirely under green for the half-hour distance.
Starting from twentieth, Burt had a lot of work to do during the race, and he wasn't helped by the fact that the field was particularly strung out as everyone searched for space and visibility on the 3.27-mile track that is the home of Synergy Racing. Despite the difficult conditions, Burt was able to make up significant ground to take fourteenth at the finish.
"It was fun out there," said Burt. "The car was really good, and even though we had a lot of space to make up, I was able to make some passes and had a good time. It's too bad we didn't get the chance to qualify this morning, because we would have been in a much better position to get some good points if we hadn't started so far back. But the car was good, and Brian should be able to get a good start, and I can't wait to get back in it and finish this race tomorrow."
"We will see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow-obviously we were pretty strong in the rain today, but either way, I'm ready to move up once the race gets going, and I feel like we'll have a car that can do it," said Brian. "I think we've improved the car more than we have been able to show, but tomorrow is going to be a long race, so we'll look to do it on Sunday."
Sunday's VIR 400 will be broadcast live on Speed Channel starting at 1:00 PM EST.