Frisselles to Pilot Third Pontiac GTO.R At Barber

26.07.2006: Frisselles to Pilot Third Pontiac GTO.R At Barber

Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle in #98 Pacific Coast Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R Round Out Pontiac's Three-car GT Assault at Barber Motorsports Park; 17th GT Podium Finish in a Row a Goal for Pontiac

Having just completed a successful test of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype at the new Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Brian Frisselle will join brother Burt to drive the #98 Pacific Coast Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R in round 12 of the 2006 Rolex Series season at Barber Motorsports Park. The third Pontiac to compete in the GT class of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the No. 98 machine joins the #64 and #65 TRG cars in an attempt to pad Pontiac's GT manufacturer points lead, extend Pontiac's GT podium streak to 17 or even add another win to an already-impressive six wins collected this season.

"The GT class is really competitive, with a lot of good teams, cars and drivers, so I know it's going to be a tough fight," Burt Frisselle remarked. "But the car is fast and the team obviously knows what they are doing, so hopefully we can get a good result in our debut. I also think that having driven so much in a Prototype is going to help us deal not only with the DPs, but also the other GTs in traffic."

Burt and Brian co-drove Synergy Racing's No. 8 Porsche Doran Daytona Prototype in the first 10 races this season and are still ranked 22nd in DP team points but after the previous Rolex Series race at Daytona International Speedway, their team had announced it had exhausted sponsorship funds. The brothers then relinquished their ride with Synergy, leaving them open to drive for PCM.

"This isn't the easiest track - it's very technical - but we did well here in a different car in 2004," said Andy Lally, who co-drives the #65 GTO.R with Marc Bunting and shares with him the GT-class lead in team and driver points. "With the restrictor it's all about making fewer mistakes. We could still be successful here but of course now we have less room for error. The Frisselles in the third GTO.R should be a fast combination - we're looking forward to competing with them in GT."

After round 10 at Mid-Ohio, where Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins in the #64 TRG GTO.R scored a second-place finish, Grand American required that the Pontiac GTO.Rs must use a 58 mm air inlet restrictor as originally mandated a year ago. The cars enjoyed the use of a larger restrictor (62 mm) for much of this season and part of last but at the previous race at Daytona where the smaller restrictors were used, the Pontiacs fought to keep up with their German rivals and eked out a win not with speed, but well-planned fuel strategy.

Finishing fourth and fifth at Barber last year with the smaller restrictors, the TRG GTO.R drivers will no doubt be favored to do well again at this 2.3-mile road course near Birmingham, Alabama. A win is the goal of both teams but at the very least, a GTO.R podium finish is a must as none of the Pontiac drivers wants to see the string of 16-consecutive GT podium finishes unbroken. A series record for the GT class, the 16 podiums is only topped by Pontiac's Daytona Prototype performance of 2004 and 2005, when a Pontiac was on the podium every race of both seasons (26 in a row).

The two GTO.Rs (with help in three races from the #98 PCM Pontiac GTO.R) have now six wins, nine additional podium finishes (15 including the wins) and a podium sweep for 2006. Since the cars were introduced into the series that's ten wins, 12 additional podium finishes (22 total) and one podium sweep.

The twelfth leg of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, will take place on Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m. EDT and will be televised live on SPEED TV.

- Steve Smith--

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26.07.2006 / MaP

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