Brian Frisselle Claims a 12th Place Finish at Infineon Raceway Sonoma, Calif. (July 16-17, 2004) Brian Frisselle, driver of the Ventura Travel Services No. 15 machine for G&W Motorsports, competed in Round Four of the 2004 Pro Formula Mazda ...
Brian Frisselle Claims a 12th Place Finish at Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, Calif. (July 16-17, 2004) Brian Frisselle, driver of the Ventura Travel Services No. 15 machine for G&W Motorsports, competed in Round Four of the 2004 Pro Formula Mazda Series Championship this weekend at Infineon Raceway. The young talent from Hawaii got off to a strong in Friday's practice sessions, posting the fastest lap in session one and running in the top six in all three sessions.
In qualifying on Saturday morning, Frisselle was up to speed quickly and running in P6 when he pitted in order to bring the tire pressures down. When Frisselle returned to the track, he spent several laps battling lap traffic, which served to hinder his efforts to post a faster lap. On his fastest flying lap, Frisselle made a mistake and spun. Unable to restart his car, Frisselle finished in a disappointing P10.
"I am definitely unhappy with my session; P10 is not where I had anticipating qualifying for the race. We have been really consistent and quick all weekend, and the car is performing very well." Frisselle commented. "Unfortunately, I hit some bad lap traffic after my stop and then made a mistake that ended my session. Now I've just got to focus on the race."
At the start of Saturday afternoon's race, Frisselle immediately lost positions and struggled to get his car up to pace. Over the radio, Frisselle told his team, G&W Motorsports, that the No. 15 machine was severely bottoming out and was extremely difficult to drive. As the tire pressures increased and the fuel load lightened during the course of the race, the ride height of Frisselle's Ventura Travel Services car improved and he was able to make up a few lost positions. The young driver from Hawaii raced to the best of his ability, fighting to overcome the challenges he faced with his car, and claiming a hard earned P12 finish.
"After running so strong all weekend, it is hard to accept a P12 finish. Unfortunately, we had damaged a tire in qualifying and it seems that our replacement tire affected our ride height so that the car was too low to the ground and was severely bottoming out." Frisselle stated. "It's frustrating because I was not able to perform to the best of my ability and to demonstrate all of the hard work that we had done this weekend to get the car to where it needed to be. But, we have to look at it as a learning experience for our team and move on to a better weekend in Portland."
Saturday's Pro Formula Mazda Race from Infineon Raceway will be televised by SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 1st at 2 p.m. ET. Round five of the series will be held next weekend at Portland International Raceway as part of the American Le Mans Series Portland Grand Prix.