Doran Racing has announced that Burt Frisselle and Gabriele Gardel will drive its new #47 Dallara Ford when the car enters the Grand-Am Rolex Series in April
The two will test the Roush-Yates/Dallara combination in advance of a Mexico City Rolex race debut on April 19th, and will contest the remaining eleven rounds of the 2008 Rolex season with Gardel coming in for his first attempt at Grand-Am having debuted in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Frisselle meanwhile will continue his Rolex Series education and admitted he was looking forward to lining up in the new car.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me and my career,” he said. “I am looking forward to being a part of the development for this Ford-Dallara combination and I'm grateful for the opportunity Kevin [Doran] has created. Hopefully we can be a competitive factor straight away. With these new manufactures coming into the Rolex Series, I think it's going to be an exciting time for Rolex fans. I'm just anxious to get started!”
Frisselle had a remarkable start to the 2008 Rolex season, putting a Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley to good use as he traded the lead late in the Rolex 24 with eventual winner Juan Montoya before a mechanical problem forced the entry into the pits and behind the wall for repairs.
While the result wasn't what Frisselle had hoped for, the experience at least proved to be a step forward towards the rest of his 2008 campaign.
“I'm really happy to have got all that experience with this Roush-Yates motor and I think that's what you want to have, particularly with the support that Ford Racing provides,” he continued. “Dallara has it's own history of success in so many different categories, and obviously everyone who is involved with this effort is confident about this package. Kevin (Doran) has so much experience and I'm looking forward to working with Gabrielle as well.”
The effort will not only tap into Frisselles widely known speed and consistency, but it will also make use of the wide range of expertise that Doran brings as a constructor as well as a team entrant with decades of experience.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for me to race in America with Burt as my co-driver with this new Dallara and for a team like Doran Racing,” Gardel added. “We know we have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am looking forward to working with Burt and Kevin and getting the most out of this package. Burt knows all the tracks and will be a big help for me, and it's always good to have a fast team mate!”