Birmingham: Brumos Racing preview

Brumos Racing Ready to Turn up the Heat for Barber Race Jacksonville, FL: As the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series turns its attention to Barber Motorsports Park, few would argue that the Birmingham, Alabama, race track is likely the most scenic...

Brumos Racing Ready to Turn up the Heat for Barber Race

Jacksonville, FL: As the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series turns its attention to Barber Motorsports Park, few would argue that the Birmingham, Alabama, race track is likely the most scenic of all those the series visits during the course of their season. While famous for its country- club setting, unique sculptures and lush landscaping, members of the Grand-Am community who attended last year's race most likely remember it for another factor the extreme heat.

While summertime at Barber can always be expected to be hot, last season saw a heat wave that brought scorching sun with temperatures over 100 degrees on race day. Despite the resulting challenges for crew and cars, Brumos not only managed to withstand the heat, they excelled in it. Darren Law brought the Brumos #58 car in for second place in a thrilling down-to the-wire finish, narrowly missing the win. The #59 Brumos car faced a difficult challenge in the race after it sustained extensive damage following contact by a GT car. Despite the resulting loss of aerodynamics that affected the car's performance, Joao Barbosa persevered, ending the #59 car's difficult day in 7th place.

The 2009 season has seen Brumos struggling since their storybook 1,3 finish at the Rolex 24. The team has worked hard to overcome a series of regulation changes and set-up issues that have kept both cars out of the winner's circle since that Daytona season-opener. On their July 4th return trip to Daytona for the Brumos Porsche 250, however, the drivers of both cars found reason to feel optimistic.

Speaking for the #59 car, driver Joao Barbosa said, "Brumos has been working hard to get us going back in the right direction and I feel we are truly competitive once again. At Daytona we ran really well until an unexpected tire problem slowed us down at the end of the race, but I am confident that at Barber things will be different and we will be running strong the entire race. J.C. is doing an incredible job this season, running a fast pace and avoiding mistakes, and, he is leading in the Trueman Award competition. We both want to get back on the podium again soon and further extend that lead. Besides, Barber is a challenging track and I can't wait to go racing there again!"

As the team readies for the trip to Barber, their key focus is on preparation. With the extreme heat that is expected, considerations must be made to insure drivers and crew stay healthy and avoid overheating. In addition, heat-related stress to mechanical components requires extra planning for the cars above and beyond the steps normally taken.

Given the encouraging performance of both Brumos cars at their last outing in Daytona, you can be sure that the team's managers and engineers are crossing every "t" and dotting every "i"to insure nothing is overlooked. Despite the ever-present possibility of another scorcher, Brumos is ready to turn up the heat even more but only on their competition - as they arrive ready to race, with the podium at Barber fixed firmly in their sights.

The Porsche 250 Presented by Legacy Credit Union will take place on Sunday, July 19th. The green flag is set to drop at 2:00 PM CT (3:00 PM ET). Race action will be broadcast live by SPEED TV.

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Law , Joao Barbosa