Frisselles fired up for Glen six hour Miami, FL (8 June 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are ready to go for round six of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season, as they will be back in action in their RX.com BMW/Doran for the 'Sahlen's Six...
Frisselles fired up for Glen six hour
Miami, FL (8 June 05)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are ready to go for round six of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season, as they will be back in action in their RX.com BMW/Doran for the 'Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen' this weekend. The Frisselles got off to a fast start this season, taking the RX.com car to the front frequently, but contact from other cars kept them from scoring results that showed their speed.
In the last round, though, the youngest driver pairing in Daytona Prototype competition got their first solid finish of the season, taking ninth in the 'Six Heures du Circuit Mont Tremblent' despite the treacherous conditions, a flat tire, and an electronics problem that robbed them of power late in the race.
Elder brother Burt has a strong record of success on the 3.4-mile permanent road course, taking eighth place in his first Rolex race at the track last season and then backing that up with a Rolex career-best second place finish in difficult conditions in August. The Tremblant result and an appreciation for the Glen have both drivers looking forward to their second six-hour race of the season.
"I am really excited about this weekend," said Burt. "We have tested well there and this track really suits our car--we have a solid high-speed balance with the Doran, and this track is almost all high speed corners, so hopefully we can be on pace right off the truck."
While they aren't where they want to be in the championship battle, both drivers know that they have what it takes to do well and that the competitive nature of the Rolex series requires teamwork, talent, and momentum.
"Everything for the team is moving forward, and I am as confident as I have ever been about where we are as a team," said Burt. "After being fast and leading some of the early races, we finally got to the finish in Tremblant, and for the Glen we just need to keep out of trouble early on and hopefully we can get a good result."
For younger brother Brian, he will once again be getting familiar with the high-speed Glen circuit, but he has shown all season that he's a quick study and he shares his brothers confidence for the race.
"I haven't had too many laps at the Glen, but I feel like we should be competitive there," said Brian. "Going through the data and our lap times from Tremblant, we know we could have had a much better result if we hadn't had the cut tire and some of the other problems, so we feel good about where we are pace-wise, and just have to keep building on each race."
* Burt and Brian continue to train aggressively so they can get the most out of themselves in the high-temperature closed cockpit Daytona Prototype, working out in the heat of the day at home near Miami to prepare for the upcoming races.
* LAST RACE: Six Heures du Circuit Mont Tremblant May 20 --Qual-12th, th Finish 9 th
* The Six hour wont be the only race of the weekend for Burt and Brian--they will be participating in the Watkins Glen 2005 Go Kart Challenge at Senaca Grand Prix in Watkins Glen. The kart race will team Rolex drivers with Grand American series officials, Watkins Glen officials, and various team sponsor representatives. Burt and Brian kart regularly to keep in shape and to keep sharp between race weekends.
* NEXT RACE: after the June 10-12 Watkins Glen event, the Frisselles will race again at Daytona International Raceway for the Brumos Porsche 250 on June 30th. The race will take place in advance of qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel cup drivers racing in the Pepsi 400.