Rough Day for G&W Motorsports at Infineon SONOMA, Calif. (July 17, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports had high hopes heading into Saturday's Star Mazda Series race at Infineon Raceway after seeing its best performance of the season during practice...
Rough Day for G&W Motorsports at Infineon
SONOMA, Calif. (July 17, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports had high hopes heading into Saturday's Star Mazda Series race at Infineon Raceway after seeing its best performance of the season during practice sessions for the event. However, a tough break in qualifying and some bad luck during the race resulted in a disappointing day for the team.
Brian Frisselle (Kihei, Hawaii) qualified the Ventura Travel Service No. 15 Mazda in the 10th position during Saturday morning's qualifying. However, Brad Coleman (Houston, Texas) was forced to start the Podium No. 33 Mazda at the back of the 38-car grid after his qualifying time, which put him in 18th, was disallowed due to a questionable technical violation.
Despite starting from the rear, Coleman quickly worked his way through the field, passing a dozen competitors in the first three laps. Just as the 16 year old was completing a pass on the right in the carrousel on lap three, there was contact between the two cars sending the No. 33 Mazda into the tire wall. Although Coleman emerged from the incident unscathed, the Podium Mazda sustained substantial damage that took it out of the race.
Although Frisselle was able to take the checkered flag, he too struggled during the 45-minute race. After posting some of the fastest times during practice sessions on Friday, the young Hawaiian was unable to match those lap times during the race. Frisselle finished in 12th place, 25 seconds behind winner Michael McDowell.
"We lost a tire in practice and had to replace it," explained team manager Price Cobb. "I don't know if the one we put on was a bad or what. Something was off though, and Brian struggled with the car the whole race. Things went so well during practice, but today was rough for us."
Saturday's Star Mazda Series race from Infineon Raceway will be televised by SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 1 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 weekend. More information on the Star Mazda Series is available at www.starmazda.com.
G&W Motorsports, based at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., made its debut into open-wheel racing this season at Sebring International Raceway. After accumulating numerous wins and championships in sports car racing, the team looks to continue its success in the Star Mazda Series with its pair of entries. For additional information on G&W Motorsports, visit www.gandwmotorsports.com.