Frisselles finish strong with Unser at Watkins Glen (Watkins Glen, NY) 3 June 2006-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished ninth with co-driver Al Unser, Jr. in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in the A1 TEAM USA/GlycoMax Porsche-powered Doran...
Frisselles finish strong with Unser at Watkins Glen
(Watkins Glen, NY) 3 June 2006-- Burt and Brian Frisselle finished ninth with co-driver Al Unser, Jr. in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in the A1 TEAM USA/GlycoMax Porsche-powered Doran on Saturday. The second endurance race of the season was a challenge from start to finish, as wet and variable conditions persisted throughout the six-hour event.
The grid was set by championship points, staging the A1 TEAM USA/GlycoMax car twenty-second on the forty-six car field, but Burt had no problem making his way through the field to move up into the top ten before the first full course caution just twenty-one laps into the race.
"The car was pretty good even though we had more of a dry set-up than maybe we needed, but was still good enough to move up a lot early in the race," said Burt, who took a podium in 2004 at the Glen in similar conditions. "Brian did a great job in his stint, and it was just an exciting thing to be sharing the car with Al. He did a great job and hopefully he can race again with us."
Burt turned the car over to younger brother Brian during a full-course caution as the Synergy Racing crew serviced the Porsche-powered Doran and sent the young charger back out on course. Brian, who had a signature drive at the facility last year, taking the car from thirteenth into the lead with some exceptional passes, once again showed that he really likes the high-speed Glen layout as he set some of the fastest laps of the field during his stint on slick tires on a drying track.
"It's not exactly the result we wanted, but it's good for everyone on the team to get a good top-ten finish," said Brian. "We have had a lot of mechanical things put us out this season, so to finish an endurance race like this in the conditions that we ran in is really encouraging. I'm also happy that Al had such a good time in the car, because we would love to have him race again with us."
Brian turned the car over to Unser with just over two-thirds of the race complete, and Unser showed that despite only a limited amount of laps in a Daytona Prototype, he can still wheel whatever he's strapped into as he brought the A1 TEAM USA/GlycoMax car home in ninth, and was wearing a big grin as he got out of the car after the race.
"I had a great time out there," said the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Unser. "These cars have great brakes, and good grip so I really enjoyed running out there. Burt and Brian did a great job and it's clear they know what they are doing with these Prototypes. I'd really like to get some more time in these cars..."
Burt and Brian will be sharing the Synergy Racing car once again in two weeks as the Rolex Sports Car Series makes a visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.