Virgina Int'l Raceway
Brumos Racing Ready to Mark 40th Milestone and Make History at VIR
I think VIR will lend itself really well to our Brumos Porsche.
Jacksonville, FL: As the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series readies for round four of the 2011 season, Brumos Racing has reason to celebrate their return to scenic Virginia International Raceway. Forty years ago at VIR, the driving duo of Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood drove the Brumos #59 914/6 GT to victory in 1971’s inaugural IMSA season. They backed up that win with a repeat victory in 1972 in a tangerine #59 Porsche 911. Those two wins put Brumos in the headlines and launched them on a journey that would bring them back-to-back IMSA Championships. Today, both the 1971 and 1972 winning Porsches reside at Brumos Racing headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, a reminder to the current day team members of the legacy they now represent. The renowned team’s move to Rolex Series GT competition this year with a Porsche 911 GT3 has brought them full circle as they prepare to return to VIR, breaking new ground, just as Brumos did forty years ago.
Brumos driver Andrew Davis is mindful of that legacy, but can also claim his own back-to-back wins at VIR in 2008 and 2009. “I think VIR will lend itself really well to our Brumos Porsche”, Davis said. “With the progress we’ve made since the beginning of this season, it is really exciting. Our car and our team are getting better with every race. We are taking the lessons we have learned so far this season, and Leh and I are really confident that we are going to have a very competitive car at VIR. The fuel cell changes that GRAND-AM has implemented will affect our strategy and make things interesting, but I don’t feel it will affect us as much as the DP cars. It will change pit stop strategy a bit and should allow us to run on fresher tires, which obviously is very important this season. For me, personally, I have enjoyed a lot of success at VIR in the past, as has Leh. We both hope to bring that experience and some of our VIR racing luck with us to the Brumos team. We will really hit it hard and plan to have a great car coming out of the box. It’s been kind of a long break since our last race, so we are ready to get back to work and show this series what Brumos can do.”
Leh Keen, who spent his time between Rolex Series races winning the Tire Rack One Lap of America competition, is also ready to get back to business. “VIR is one of my favorite tracks in North America,” he said. “It is a high speed track and is just fun to drive, especially some its great sections like the uphill esses.” Like his Brumos co-driver, Keen has enjoyed success at VIR. “I had my very first GRAND-AM podium at VIR back in 2004, and returned to the podium there in 2008,” he said. “VIR is really such a beautiful track - I can’t wait to drive the Brumos #59 around it. Our team is coming together more and more with each race and we have made some great progress with the car. I expect us to be running up in front for this race and I believe our Porsche will be very strong. There would definitely be no better way to celebrate our 1971 milestone than to kick off another championship run with a Brumos win at VIR for 2011.”