Brian Frisselle Has Strong Start, Unlucky Finish at Road Elkhart Lake, WI (August 19-21, 2004) - Brian Frisselle (Kihei, HI), driver of the Ventura Travel Services No. 15 machine for G&W Motorsports, competed in Round Seven of the 2004 Star...
Brian Frisselle Has Strong Start, Unlucky Finish at Road
Elkhart Lake, WI (August 19-21, 2004) - Brian Frisselle (Kihei, HI), driver of the Ventura Travel Services No. 15 machine for G&W Motorsports, competed in Round Seven of the 2004 Star Mazda Series North American Championship this weekend at the Road America 500. The young rookie from Hawaii was off to a good start in Thursday's practices, running 5th fastest in two of the three sessions. Friday saw three more solid performances from Frisselle, each one placing him in the top 10 of a field of 39.
Frisselle, who was selected this week to be a participant in the 2004 Red Bull Driver Search, executed a 2:05.421 lap time in qualifying Saturday morning, just 0.8 seconds behind the polesitter, which earned him a P5 position on the starting grid for the 19 lap race.
"Qualifying went very well," Frisselle commented. "I focused on getting up to speed right away to put in some early fast laps, and I was able to run in the top three for most of the session. I had the pole for awhile and I think that I could have stayed there if my last lap hadn't been hindered by the safety car being on track. But P5 is not a bad place to start!"
Frisselle started strong in Saturday's race, gaining one position on the second lap to move into P4. The young talent from Hawaii drove his No. 15 Ventura Travel Services sponsored machine to the limit, executing an impressive effort to catch the race leaders. A yellow flag brought the field together, and following the restart Frisselle lost a position to the No. 31 car. On lap 10, as Frisselle battled to regain his momentum, he suffered contact from the No. 1 car which sent him off track and into the gravel in turn one. Frisselle returned to the race two laps down and brought his G&W Motorsports prepared No. 15 machine home in 30th position.
"I am very disappointed to have my race end this way. We were fast all weekend and I was confident that I had the ability to challenge for a podium today," Frisselle stated. "But I have to hand it to my team for the progress we made with our engine this weekend. I know that we have what it takes to be up front like we were at Sebring, and I look forward to a better race at Road Atlanta."
Round Eight of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear will be held at Road Atlanta as part of the Petit Le Mans weekend activities September 21st. Round Seven from Road America will be televised by SPEED Channel on Sunday, September 19 at 2 p.m. ET.
G&W Motorsports, based at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, made its open-wheel racing debut at the 2004 Pro Formula Mazda Series Championship opener at Sebring International Raceway. After achieving several victories, as well as many championships, in sports car racing, G&W Motorsports is planning to continue its success in the Pro Formula Mazda Series.