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Brumos Believes Driver Diversity Key to Rolex 24 Success What do you call a group of eight drivers whose career achievements cover the entire spectrum of racing accomplishments? For the 2009 Rolex 24, you can just call them Brumos Racing. Brumos...

Brumos Believes Driver Diversity Key to Rolex 24 Success

What do you call a group of eight drivers whose career achievements cover the entire spectrum of racing accomplishments? For the 2009 Rolex 24, you can just call them Brumos Racing. Brumos is staying with a tried-and-true formula as their team of veteran drivers return for this year's Daytona season-opener race. The #59 car will again be driven by J.C. France, Joao Barbosa, Hurley Haywood and Terry Borcheller. Darren Law, David Donohue and Buddy Rice return to the #58 car, with newcomer Antonio Garcia rounding out the group, making his debut in Brumos colors for the event.

It would be difficult to imagine assembling a more accomplished lineup. Heading up the talent is legendary Brumos driver Hurley Haywood who has claimed more endurance victories than anyone else in racing history with wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring. Daytona and Sebring wins were also earned by Haywood's co-driver, Terry Borcheller. Resumes for the group include multiple championships in Grand-Am's Rolex Series and championships in many other series both here and abroad, with diverse accomplishments that range from winning the Indy 500 to earning the Trueman Sportsman Award.

Brumos #58 driver David Donohue is eager to get back into action, saying, "We've had a lot of bad luck at the Rolex 24 over the years, so now we are looking for that trend to reverse. Our team has come a long way and we were knocking on the door a lot last year. Now it's time for us to take that top step, and there is no more fitting place to do so than Daytona". Co-driver Darren Law was also up for the challenge, adding, "We're all pretty excited. We have Buddy back with us again, and we're all comfortable with each other. We added Antonio to the line up this year, too. We raced against him all last year and he was very competitive, so he fits in well with our team. I think we have a really good shot." Buddy Rice was equally enthusiastic, saying, "The last two years I've been here we've had some really strong cars, so to come back again and to be in the hunt and competitive enough to win? It's going to be great, we just need a little bit of extra luck this year."

Hurley Haywood is also hoping for some good fortune for the #59 car this year, seeking his record- setting sixth Rolex 24 win, "This is going to be a race that will go to the team that makes the least number of mistakes", he noted. "We have proven that we have the means to stay with anyone on the track, but we have to run at a disciplined pace and make sure we don't put the car at risk. You have to be patient to get a car through 24 hours of racing. I'm confident we just need lady luck to help a bit and we'll be fine." Co-driver Joao Barbosa welcomed the return of the 2008 group. "Last year we had the same driver line-up and everyone worked really well together. We actually led the race in the early morning hours, in fact. The Brumos crew is doing a great job and the car has been running strong, so we are just looking forward to going racing again."

The 2008 season was one that saw both Brumos cars in the spotlight throughout the year, turning in consistent performances that paid off over the course of the season, earning the #59 car third place in the championship, followed closely by the #58 car in fourth. Those successes have made the entire team even more determined to bring home the winner's trophy in 2009, and all agree the Rolex 24 at Daytona would be the best possible place to do just that.

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Terry Borcheller , Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , David Donohue , Joao Barbosa , Buddy Rice , J.C. Fra