Birmingham: Brumos Racing preview

Jacksonville, FL Brumos Racing always looks forward to visiting Birmingham's Barber Motorsports Park, known around the world for its unique landscaping and country club setting. Since the inception of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series...

Jacksonville, FL Brumos Racing always looks forward to visiting Birmingham's Barber Motorsports Park, known around the world for its unique landscaping and country club setting. Since the inception of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 DP class in 2003, Brumos has posted 2nd place finishes twice, but has yet to reach the top step of the podium, something they hope to change in 2010. Last year's Barber race saw another strong effort with David Donohue out in front for 13 laps before contact from a GT car and a resulting flat tire cost him the lead and the win.

In years past, scheduling brought the Rolex Series to Barber in mid-summer and the extreme temperatures took a toll on drivers and cars alike. This year, revision to the schedule brings a welcome change as the series heads to Barber in the early spring to beat the heat. Hurley Haywood, who spends a lot of time on track at Barber as Chief Instructor for the Porsche Sports Driving School, has seen a lot of improvements to the facility this year. "Over the last two months the Barber Group has been busy preparing for this event," he explained. "They've added catch fencing, improved runoff areas, and added chatter strips on the exit out of a lot of the corners to help prevent cars going off in the grass. The end result will be a faster racetrack"

Darren Law was enthusiastic about the changes. "I really believe this year at Barber it will be a totally different race", he said. "It won't be hot and humid like it is there in mid-summer and that will be a lot better for the cars, the drivers, and the entire team. The cooler temperatures will give us faster lap times as well. Brumos is off to a great start for 2010 and we ran in the lead in our first two races this season. I am looking forward to seeing what our new engineer will have for us to try at Barber this year and how much faster the Brumos #59 can get."

That is not to say the weekend will be without its challenges, as Haywood noted. "We are sharing the track with the IRL Series this year, and the compound in the Indy Car tires doesn't mix well with the other tire compounds. That extra buildup on the track can make for a real challenge in finding the right setup for our car. But I think that our Barber performance will be very telling it will be a good indicator as to how we will finish out the rest of the season, and we're confident it will be on top."

David Donohue agreed with Haywood's assessment, adding, "Brumos has always seemed to run well at Daytona and Homestead, but this race takes us back to a true road course and that will be a big test for us. We have struggled with consistency in the past so it is critical this year that we continue to turn in a strong performance race after race. We are carrying the momentum of our pole position and 2nd place finish at Homestead and have our sights set on a Brumos championship. Nothing would please us more than to win at Barber and carry the flag for Porsche here at their signature event."

-source: brumos racing

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