Brumos Racing Overcomes Challenges to Gain Ground at Homestead
Jacksonville, FL: Brumos Racing, with a long history of success at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was ready to add another victory to the list as the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series headed to Homestead for the second round of 2011. In a short weekend with limited practice time, the team faced many challenges as problems became apparent in the first practice session. A gearbox change sidelined the #59, causing the team to miss the final practice before qualifying.
Davis started the race, working hard to improve his position despite difficulties throughout his stint with a lack of grip. “This was obviously a tough event for us,” he said. “We struggled a bit yesterday right out of the box, and then continued to have issues during qualifying. We knew we would have our work cut out for us and we certainly did. The car definitely wasn’t at its best, but the great thing is that the entire team followed through and we were able to salvage some good points as a result. It looked a bit bleak at times because we just weren’t able to keep the pace of the leaders, so I’m happy to take the 7th place points out of this one.”
Taking advantage of a full course caution, the car came in for a pit stop and driver change. Davis handed the car over to 2009 Rolex GT Champion Leh Keen, who drove an extended stint while doing his best to keep the #59 competitive despite ongoing handling issues. Although obviously hoping for a better result, Keen took it all in stride. “I think we did a good job to scramble back for a 7th place finish from a 12th place start,” he said. “We had a tough day yesterday, but the crew worked really hard to find all the improvements they could in a very limited amount of time, so I’m really proud of them for their efforts. The points will be pretty good for us, too – so considering the issues we faced, I think we really came out of here in good shape. I am already looking ahead to Barber. We will be taking all the lessons that we learned here and putting them to work for us there.”
For Brumos, the Homestead race marked a transition, as the car returns to its Jacksonville, Florida, home base. The move follows Atlanta-based Goldcrest Motorsports Group’s participation with Brumos, assisting with initial race preparation while Brumos’ Jacksonville facility was readied for a return to GT competition. Andrew Davis noted the contributions of that group, saying, “The Goldcrest guys have been with us the last two races and leading up to those races. They did a great job preparing the car and giving Leh and I a strong car to race. We learned a tremendous amount at Homestead about the new tires and how to make the car work on those tires. I am looking forward to starting the next new chapter of our team now as we prepare for our next race at Barber.” The Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th with a start time of 3:00 PM CT. The race is 2.75 hours and will be broadcast live on SPEED TV
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