- the "late" 510 years
Dave remembers a close race in his 510 with Tom Brennan. Both had won a National Championship in 1978, Dave in his A510 and Tom with his Datsun 2000 'Barton Special'.
DF: "The race against Tom Brennan took place in 1979 at Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, 60 miles north of Milwaukee. Tom and I are good friends and we usually paddocked together. We had a terrific race. I had the pole and Tom had the second spot. 72 cars started the race. Elkhart Lake is 4 miles long and the longest permanent race track in the US. The race was 48 miles long and for 36 miles we ran nose to tail or door handle to door handle. We entered the right hand corner 12 at the end of a 130 MPH straight and I had the inside line, Tom on the outside. We rubbed sides and one of my left tires cut the tire stem on one of Tom's right tires. He did not crash but had a severe tire leak and fell back and then went into the pits. I went on to win the race. I felt terrible about the touching incident, but it was just a racing thing. I was paddocked next to Tom and immediately apologized, Tom was upset but as I recall handled himself very well and we continued to be friends. Tom set a new course record for DP exactly 1 thousandth of a second faster than my fast lap." See the gallery below for an image at the start of this race.
"I had a similar kind of
incident with Jim Fitzgerald at Road Atlanta
except Jim did crash and we could not talk about it for a year. Both Jim
and Tom were awesome competitors with no quarter given and none asked. I
am pleased to say Jim and I buried the hatchet and remained good friends."
Nissan promotional poster
Dave Frellsen's HL510 was sold to Sterling Kelley of Springfield, Missouri. Sterling painted the car green and won several races with it.
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