Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27, 2003 Practice Sessions Frisselle focused on getting a feel for the track and finding the best line for qualifying in the wet conditions, stating, "I decided to use practice to prepare for qualifying, rather...
Friday, April 25 - Sunday, April 27, 2003
Frisselle focused on getting a feel for the track and finding the best line for qualifying in the wet conditions, stating, "I decided to use practice to prepare for qualifying, rather than try to execute the fastest lap times."
1.3 Qualifying Session One
Position Qualified: 8th
Fastest Lap Time: 2:31.715
Qualifying Notes: Frisselle maintained P4 for nearly the entire session, but was caught up in lap traffic at the end, just as the track was drying up and allowing for faster lap times. "Unfortunately, the lap traffic prevented me from executing what I believe would have been my fastest lap times," Frisselle commented. "I know that I could have qualified in a better position, but that's part of racing and hopefully session two will be better!"
Position Started: 8th
Position Finished: 10th
Fastest Lap Time: 2:13.724
Race Notes: Frisselle faced several challenges in the race, as he could not find the power to draft and was run off the track three times. In one instance, Frisselle was forced to go two wheels off, which caused him to fall back to P20. The talented Frisselle worked his way through the field, finishing in P10. "I was very disappointed to have lost those positions in the beginning, as I feel that I definitely have the ability to run in the front of the field. Today just wasn't my day, but I did the best job that I could given the circumstances."
Qualifying Session Two
Position Qualified: 14th
Fastest Lap Time: 2:20.427
Qualifying Notes: The second session of qualifying began in damp conditions, but as the track dried out lap times became progressively quicker. Young Frisselle had the misfortune of being the third driver to see the checkered flag, which gave him less time on the drying track. "I am disappointed in my P14 finish; I know I could have posted a faster lap with more time on the track. I'll just have to work my way up in the race!"
Position Started: 14th
Position Finished: 6th
Fastest Lap Time: 2:11.937
Race Notes: After a disappointing start in which he fell back to P17, Frisselle performed exceptionally well in Sunday's race. The young rookie made an impressive charge through the field to claim P6 and post a faster lap time than the P1 through P5 drivers. "I am thrilled with my performance in today's race. I feel that I drove to the best of my ability, and I had a great time out there!"
Memorial Race: Frisselle started the race with a challenge for the lead in turn one, where he was forced off the track. After making the required pit stop, the young rookie from Hawaii found himself in the back of the field. From there, Frisselle demonstrated his remarkable talent as he made a charge through the field to claim P4 and post the fastest lap of the race. "It was a great race and I am happy with my performance!"