Daytona Beach, FL (24 January 2012) – When you’ve got a long way to go, it is good to have some familiar company with you.
This year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, which marks the 50th Anniversary of the huge GRAND-AM season opener, will see two very familiar faces team up as Burt and Brian Frisselle return to Doran Racing to kick off the 2012 season at Daytona International Speedway. The two young racers will share driving duties with Jim Lowe and IndyCar star Paul Tracy in the No. 77 Combos/Circle K Ford-Dallara.
The Frisselles will look to pick up where they left off last year, as they last joined forces as co-drivers in the 2011 GRAND-AM season-finale at Mid-Ohio, netting fourth on the starting grid with the No. 77 Doran Racing Ford.
The 2012 Rolex 24 marks the brothers’ fourth time sharing the driving duties in the twice-around-the-clock classic. They will look to improve on their best combined finish of fifth, when they co-drove with Mark Wilkins and David Empringham in the No. 61 AIM Autosport Daytona Prototype in 2007.
In addition to being fully familiar with one another and having similar driving styles, the Frisselle brothers will also look to combine the experience and natural talent of co-drivers Lowe and Tracy to take the No. 77 Combos/Circle K machine to the front.
“It’s great to be back at Daytona with Doran Racing,” said Brian. “We had some tough luck with the No. 77 last year so hopefully we can have a little bit better luck in this race. This is an exciting driver line up to be a part of. I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Burt again and to have Jim (Lowe) and Paul (Tracy) on board as well. It’s going to be such a huge event and I can’t wait to get out there and see what we can do this year.”
The driving roster for the No. 77 Combos/Circle K entry indeed boasts speed and experience. Lowe has contested six Rolex 24 events, including making a run to the GT Class podium in the 2007 race with a third place finish. Tracy will look to balance his trademark speed and aggression with the patience needed to bring the car home some 24 hours later. The Canadian star has experience doing just that, with four Rolex 24 race starts to his credit and best finish of 10th with Michael Shank Racing in 2007.
The 2012 Rolex 24 grid will be a large one, with over 45 GT entries expected to join the fray of 14 DP entries. With so much traffic expected, patience and clean laps will play a key role to having the car to compete when the race heats up in the final stages.
“It’s incredible to be a part of the 50th running of this event and it’s extra special to be sharing the experience with my brother,” added Burt. “We had a successful test a few weeks back and the Doran guys have been working really hard to give us the best car possible, so we’re excited to get going this weekend. I think, with the new third generation DP car and having all this GT traffic, this could be the most unpredictable race yet. You never know what is going to happen in these 24 hour races–anything can happen. But having this driver line-up and racing for a guy like Kevin Doran, who has won the race before, calling the shots could be huge for us.”
Last year’s Rolex 24 saw Burt compete for Action Express Racing and finish ninth while Brian’s Doran Racing entry faced an unfortunate setback when contact took the No. 77 out of contention. Brian’s personal best Rolex 24 result came in 2009 when he finished fourth while driving for SunTrust Racing.
Burt has two fifth place finishes to his credit-sharing one with Brian in 2007 and then matching that effort again with AIM Autosport in the 2010 event.
The 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off with practice and qualifying on Thursday, January 26. The Rolex 24 At Daytona starts at 3:30 PM (ET) on Saturday, January 28. SPEED will carry live coverage of the event with SPEED channel broadcasting the opening and closing seven hours of the race.
In addition, overnight coverage will be streamed live on www.speedtv.com. Live timing and scoring can also be found at www.grand-am.com.
Frisselle Racing, Rolex 24 At Daytona:
2005 No. 8 Synergy Racing DP – Start: 19 Finish: 17
2006 No. 8 Synergy Racing DP – Start: 11 Finish: 25
2007 No. 61 AIM Autosport DP – Start: 17 Finish: 5
2008 Burt Frisselle: No. 47 Doran Racing DP – Start: 2 Finish 9
Brian Frisselle: No. 61 AIM Autosport DP – Start: 5 Finish: 19
2009 Burt Frisselle: No. 61 AIM Autosport DP – Start: 12 Finish: 14
Brian Frisselle: No. 10 SunTrust Racing DP – Start: 5 Finish: 4
2010 Burt Frisselle: No. 61 AIM Autosport DP – Start: 2 Finish: 5
Brian Frisselle: No. 6 Michael Shank Racing DP – Start: 3 Finish: 7
2011 Burt Frisselle: No. 5 Action Express Racing DP – Start: 13 Finish: 9
Brian Frisselle: No. 77 Doran Racing DP – Start: 7 Finish: 17