Burt Frisselle has had racing in his blood from a very early age, beginning with his first trip to the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1988. Burt was awestruck with the event and the drivers. "From that moment on I dreamed of becoming a professional race car driver," Frisselle recalls.
At thirteen, Burt got his first experience behind the wheel at Jim Hall's Kart Racing School where he demonstrated his innate talent by being the fastest driver in the class. However, relocation to New Hampshire stalled Burt's opportunity to continue on the karting circuit. Instead, Frisselle focused on a newly discovered passion, snowmobiling. Participation in the sport provided Burt with the opportunity to develop many of the skills necessary for any great race car driver, such as eye and hand coordination and the ability to deal with low grip conditions. "To this day, I believe that snowmobiling played a key role in making me a great race car driver," claims Burt. When Frisselle reached the age of 18, he convinced his family to invest in the Skip Barber Racing School, where once again he demonstrated his inherent talent as the fastest student in the class.
This promising ability to drive a car at the limit influenced Burt to commit to becoming a racecar driver, and he enrolled in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western Series. In just his first season of racing, Burt claimed four wins and earned the Rookie of the Year Award. After only four months of racing, Frisselle was invited to race in the Formula Dodge National Championship where he found himself in competition with drivers who had as much as ten years of racing experience. Burt continued to grow throughout his second year in which he narrowly missed claiming the Western Series Championship, finishing second overall. Frisselle then moved into the Formula Dodge National Championship and was the early championship leader with three podiums, a victory, and two poles in the first four races. However, plagued with mechanical difficulties and multi-car incidents, his bid for the championship was curbed and he finished fifth overall.
In 2003, Burt Frisselle made his rookie debut in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, the next step in CART's ladder system. Frisselle had an impressive season; he narrowly missed claiming the Rookie of the Year title, his goal for the 2003 season, but was thrilled to claim 2nd place among the rookies and 6th place overall.
In 2004, at just twenty-two years of age, Burt launched into the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Driving for Michael Shank Racing, Frisselle and his teammate, Oswlado Negri Jr., proved to be competitive in what was an extremely talented and experienced field of Daytona Prototype drivers. Being the youngest full time driver in his class was a thrill for Frisselle, and his consistently impressive performances behind the wheel proved that he could hold his own. Despite the challenge of being on a small, under funded team, Frisselle and Negri Jr. were highly competitive, beginning with their incredible debut race at the Grand Prix of Miami in which the duo claimed a third place finish.
In 2005, Burt's dream of racing with his younger brother, Brian Frisselle, was fulfilled. Burt and Brian, as the youngest full-time driver pairing in the top DP class, co-piloted the No. 8 BMW powered Doran Daytona Prototype for Synergy Racing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. "As two of the youngest drivers in the series, Brian and I are excited for the opportunity to compete against such accomplished and talented veterans, some of whom raced with our father in the late 70s' and early 80's. I learned a great deal from racing with them last year, and I will continue to build upon that this season," Frisselle stated.
In 2006, Burt teamed with younger brother Brian once again to co-pilot the No. 8 Porsche powered Doran Daytona Prototype for Synergy Racing. At just 24 and 22 years of age respectively, Burt and Brian were once again among the youngest drivers in a fiercely competitive field of talented drivers. The brother duo started the season strong, earning a 10th place finish in the Mexico City 250. Burt and Brian were thrilled to fulfill a life-long dream at Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, as they teamed with racing hero Al Unser Jr. to earn a hard fought 9th place finish. Burt, along with brother Brian, got his first experience in a GT car at Barber, where the brothers clenched a 5th place finish for Pacific Coast Motorsports. Frisselle went on to earn a 4th place finish at Infineon, again for PCM. Burt ended the season on a high note, claiming 5th in the Discount Tire Sunchaser at Miller for Michael Shank Racing, a season best for the brother duo.
In 2007, Burt once again competed in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, this time with AIM Autosport. He and younger brother Brian shared the second seat in the No.61 Lexus powered Riley Daytona Prototype, taking turns co-piloting with teammate Mark Wilkins. In addition to his Rolex commitment, Burt also made his debut in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Both Burt and Brian raced for Stacy Compton's team, but competed against each other in separate cars. The brother duo got off to a strong start at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, AIM Autosport’s debut race, finishing in an impressive fifth place along with co-driver Mark Wilkins and David Empringham. Frisselle clenched a 6th place finish at Virginia International Raceway and finished 9th at Laguna Seca Raceway. Overall, Frisselle earned five top tens and one top five out of just eight races.
In 2008, Burt and Brian became competitors for the first time in the Rolex Series. Frisselle had a solid start to the season at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, finishing 9th in the no. 6 Lexus powered machine for Michael Shank Racing along with co-drivers John Pew, Ian James, and NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger. Burt went on to race for Doran Racing, co-piloting the no.47 Ford powered Dallara with European driver Gabriel Gardel. Frisselle claimed a 7th place finish in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and finished 5th in the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park. Overall, Frisselle earned seven top ten finishes out of twelve races.