Watkins Glen II: Frisselle brothers preview

Frisselles focus on the finish for Glen sprint race (9 August 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking to end their frustrating run of non-finishes in their Synergy Racing RX.com machine this weekend in the CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen for ...

Frisselles focus on the finish for Glen sprint race

(9 August 2005)-- Burt and Brian Frisselle are looking to end their frustrating run of non-finishes in their Synergy Racing RX.com machine this weekend in the CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen for round eight of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season, as the youngest full-time driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class have recently seen some small problems take them out of competitive positions late in the race.

In the last two rounds of Rolex racing, the Frisselles have been visited by bad luck on both occasions. A headlight failed while they ran in second place late in the Daytona event, and in the most recent round at Barber Park the brothers ran for over twenty laps in third position in their Dinan-prepared BMW/Doran before a half shaft broke late in the race, forcing them to retire.

"It's really frustrating to have these little problems take us out while we've been running so well," said younger brother Brian. "But the team has been working really hard, and some of these things you just have to say 'that's racing.'

But there has been a silver lining in the cloud of bad luck--and it's one of the most important ones in racing--speed. The Glen is a track where the Frisselles have shown good speed, running in the top five late in the 6 hour event earlier this season before sustaining a cut tire with less than fifteen minutes remaining in the long race forced them to accept a ninth place finish.

"The good thing is that we have been really competitive-it'd be one thing to not be getting to the finishes after running around in the middle of the pack, but at least we've shown that we have the speed to be right there up front, and it's just a matter of getting a little bit of luck to fall our way to get a good result," said Brian.

For older brother Burt, who is contesting his second season of Rolex racing, the Glen race is not only a chance to get that elusive strong finish, but it's also a track that he knows first hand how to do it on, having scored a career-best second place finish in this event last year after an outstanding run through the night rain.

"I like this track a lot- with some fast corners and some elevation changes, it's really a drivers track," said Burt. "We were strong here in the six hour before we had the cut tire, so we are confident we can be on the pace again this time, but hopefully our run will go all the way to the checkered flag!"

The CompUSA 200 at the Glen also represents a good opportunity to shine in front of a wide audience for the brothers, as the event is part of the NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup weekend.

"These races with the NASCAR guys are good for us to show all those guys what we can do, and there are usually a few Cup drivers who run with us in Rolex on these weekends, so there's always a little extra motivation to see where you stack up against those guys on the track, so it should be exciting," said Burt.

The condensed two-day schedule will kick off on Thursday with practice and qualifying, with the race scheduled to get underway at 6:00 PM EST on Friday. The race is scheduled to be shown on Speed Channel on Friday, with a two-hour show beginning at 10:00 PM EST. Burt and Brian will participate in the Rolex autograph session on Friday beginning at 2:30 PM.

As the youngest full-time driver pairing in the top Daytona Prototype class of the Rolex Sports Car Series, Burt and Brian Frisselle have generated a lot of excitement about the future of American road racing. The two brothers, who are now based in Miami but have lived all across the country in California, Hawaii, and New Hampshire, have teamed with RX.com to race with one of Grand Am's most successful teams in Synergy Racing. Burt has one year of Rolex competition under his belt, while younger brother Brian is in his rookie season in the top Daytona Prototype category.

-www.frisselleracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brian Frisselle