Millville: Brumos Racing preview

Brumos Racing Hopes Third Time is Charm at NJ Motorsports Park Jacksonville, FL: As Brumos Racing gets set for Round Nine of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series season, they are ready to make some history of their own in a unique and historically ...

Brumos Racing Hopes Third Time is Charm at NJ Motorsports Park

Jacksonville, FL: As Brumos Racing gets set for Round Nine of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series season, they are ready to make some history of their own in a unique and historically significant location. Millville, NJ, home to New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway, is the scene of the upcoming Rolex Series race. What some may not realize is that the Millville area was also a site where World War II pilots trained in Thunderbolt airplanes, and the track was named to honor that military heritage. Now ready to host their 3rd Rolex Series competition, the new facility has seen many upgrades since that opening round. While there is still much to learn at the new venue, one of the Brumos drivers already feels right at home there.

Philadelphia resident David Donohue became involved with NJMP prior to its opening in 2008, visiting several times to check on progress at the new Thunderbolt Raceway facility. He has been impressed with the improvements the track has made since that first race and the commitment of the staff to make the track more enjoyable for fans and safer for drivers. "New Jersey has been a challenging track, for sure," he said. "I particularly hope to do well this year, because it is the closest to my home of all the tracks we visit, and it is where most of my family and friends come to see us race. Last year the track added a lot of effective curbing and made changes in the pit exit. We also began using a second chicane that improved the racing by providing a passing area, also making it safer. The layout has some fast corners and interesting elevation changes, so that will make some exciting racing action for the fans. There was a surprisingly large turnout out last year considering heavy rain, so if we can get some nice weather this year I expect to see a packed house. We will be doing our best to put on a good show for them and put Brumos out in front."

Brumos has reason to feel optimistic for 2010, having delivered a strong performance at NJMP the last two years. David Donohue led the race in 2008 for 38 laps while driving the Brumos #58 car. Brumos teammate Joao Barbosa also enjoyed a strong run that year in the #59 car. In 2nd place on the closing lap, he was headed for the podium before contact from another car dropped him back to 4th place. While 2009 may be mostly remembered for its heavy rain, Donohue and Law took advantage of those conditions and brought the Brumos #58 home in 4th place, making it the second year in a row to see a Brumos car take a 4th place finish at NJMP.

Darren Law is ready to see Brumos make their first trip to Victory Lane at New Jersey, saying, "We have made some good progress with the car in testing recently, so we'll see how much we have improved when we get to NJMP this year. I believe some of the things we learned at those test sessions can be applied at Thunderbolt and that David and I will get a good race result for Brumos this year." And if there was ever a good year to score that first NJMP win, 2010 would be it. The Rolex Series Pirelli P Zero Bonus rewarding a team's first win of the season is now up to $20,000, and a Brumos win at New Jersey would earn the team that prize.

-source: brumos racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Law , David Donohue , Joao Barbosa