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Brumos Racing Sets their Sights on "New" New Jersey Motorsports Park Jacksonville, FL: Last year as the Grand-Am Rolex Series headed to their inaugural race at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway, no one knew quite what to...

Brumos Racing Sets their Sights on "New" New Jersey Motorsports Park

Jacksonville, FL: Last year as the Grand-Am Rolex Series headed to their inaugural race at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway, no one knew quite what to expect from the brand new racetrack. This year's return will still likely hold some surprises as the staff has worked non-stop since that race to improve the facility for fans as well as for drivers. Brumos Racing heads there this week for round three of Grand-Am's 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16. David Donohue and Darren Law are leading the championship following the #58 car's third place finish at last week's VIR race. Brumos' #59 car, piloted by J.C. France and Joao Barbosa, follows closely behind their teammates at 3rd place in the championship standings.

David Donohue has been anticipating a return to the NJ track. Donohue, a resident in nearby Pennsylvania, has worked closely with the staff there, considering Thunderbolt his "new home track". He praised the efforts of the NJMP group, saying "The staff has made every effort to make improvements since last year's race. They have added a lot of curbing, which will alleviate some dust on the track, and while it is still early in the year for grass to grow in that area, it should be greener than it was when we last raced here in August. I am really impressed with their efforts, especially given the timeframe and economic considerations, and they have worked hard to make it more enjoyable for fans as well as safer for drivers."

One upgrade for drivers this year will be changes to the pit exit, making it safer for the car on the track. Another is the utilization of a chicane area after turn two. Donohue explained, saying "It was not used in our race last year, and is different from the more traditional design that serves to slow traffic. It should actually improve the flow of traffic around the track and make things safer for the drivers, creating a new passing area. That should translate into a more exciting race."

Darren Law has not visited the facility like his co-driver, but is also looking forward to a return, saying "Our whole team has a renewed confidence this season and we have some strong momentum going. New Jersey was a good track for our car last year, so I am excited about the changes and racing there again. We will have lots of family and friends there so we have even more motivation to do well. " Speaking on behalf of Brumos' #59 car, Joao Barbosa is equally determined to build on the team's early season success. Barbosa and co-driver J.C. France did well at New Jersey in 2008, taking a 4th place finish for Brumos there. Barbosa sai d, "We had a good result last year despite it being a brand new track for us. Our goal for this year is to get back to the podium often and continue adding points towards the championship. It is still early in the season, and we are happy to be off to such a strong start this year."

The Verizon Wireless 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway will be held on Sunday. May 2nd. The race is scheduled to run for 2.75 hours, starting at 1:00 PM ET, and will be broadcast live on SPEED TV.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Law , David Donohue , Joao Barbosa , J.C. Fra