Brumos’ Promising Run Gets Cut Short at Rain-Soaked Homestead
Jacksonville, FL: All of the ingredients were in place for another strong finish for Brumos Racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Round 3 of GRAND-AM Rolex Series competition. A test day at the track showed a solid car and the forecast of rain was actually considered a plus, given the expertise of the Brumos drivers and strength of the Porsche 911 GT3 on a wet track. Andrew Davis was confident of his chances for a pole position, but when the session was rained out, he settled for starting from 3rd based on points for 2012.
Davis kept the #59 running up front despite hazardous conditions and claimed the lead, holding it for 15 laps – longer than any other GT driver. The race, which started under yellow, was cancelled due to the rain at lap 54 with only 30 laps completed under green. Davis kept to the planned strategy, driving until fuel reached the point that the rest of the race could be completed with no further stops, then pitted under yellow for a driver change. The call to cancel the remainder of the session came at that point, preventing Leh Keen from turning a single lap under green. In the pit stop sequence, the #59 went back on track in 6th place, so Brumos was forced to end the day in that position.
Despite obvious disappointment, Keen remained focused on the bigger picture, saying, “In the end, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for us. If we could have raced a bit more, I know we would have finished better. Unfortunately, I only turned a few caution laps and then they called the race. I do have to hand it to Andrew – he had an awesome drive, running up front and in first place for a lot of the race. He was one of the few that never had an “off”, which says a lot for his driving skill under such treacherous conditions. All in all, the team did a great job. I’m happy with how we progressed with the car in the dry and then reworked the setup for the rain. There is just no way of knowing what Mother Nature is going to do and no way of knowing what the officials are going to do, so we just have to take it as we can and make the best of it.”
For Andrew Davis, success in what he described as ‘a wild race’ was all about driving smart. “Rain races, especially under such hazardous conditions, are just mentally taxing,” he explained. “It’s not physically as difficult, but you have to focus the entire time. It was a very difficult stint, with so many cars going off, but I was really happy with the pace of the Brumos #59. We were able to push hard, the balance was good, the brakes were good, and it wasn’t easy, but I stayed out of trouble. We held the lead, called a great strategy and were looking good for another podium and a victory. It was a shame that the race was cut short and we weren’t able to see that. I’m just very proud of our team – they made all sorts of changes throughout the sessions and we had a good car for the race. We can all be proud of the effort, and we came out with some good points. Brumos is still in the thick of the championship battle, so no sweat – Leh and I will move on the next race and win that one!”
The 6th place finish puts Brumos in 3rd place in the points standings, only 5 points out of the lead. Both Keen and Davis were awarded full driver points for the finishing position. The team will head to New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, for the next race, which will be held on Sunday, May 13th, 2012.