MT. TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, CANADA -- (May 22, 2004) -- Professional open wheel racing star Andy Brumbaugh made his professional sports car racing debut May 22 competing in the GS class of the Grand Am Cup at the beautiful Circuit Mont-Tremblant.
MT. TREMBLANT, QUEBEC, CANADA -- (May 22, 2004) -- Professional open wheel racing star Andy Brumbaugh made his professional sports car racing debut May 22 competing in the GS class of the Grand Am Cup at the beautiful Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Brumbaugh and co-driver Michael McDowell drove to an impressive 8th overall in BGB Motorsports' Porsche 996.
The event started off with huge learning curves as neither Brumbaugh nor McDowell had raced a Porsche 996 before and neither had ever competed at Mont-Tremblant. Both drivers made quick and steady progress. Brumbaugh started the car 26th in the 52 car field. The front running and championship contending BGB team car driven by Mark Plummer and Guy Cosmo started 25th.
An early race caution period set the team's strategy. Plummer pitted for fuel with Brumbaugh pitting a lap later. That dropped Andy to virtually last in the field. Andy then put on an impressive charge back through the field, eventually moving up to fifth overall and in class. At that point Andy had caught his teammate and was instructed to slow down and draft together to conserve fuel, a critical factor for Porsche's in this three-hour endurance race.
"Andy did a very professional job this weekend," said team manager Dwaine Neyer. "Andy has huge potential in sports car racing. He is a very gifted driver and showed he belongs here."
"This has been a great experience for me. I have been wanting to move into sports cars and I feel I proved that I belong and can be a front runner here," said Brumbaugh. "I want to give special thanks to the entire BGB Motorsports team and my co-driver Michael McDowell. We really gelled as a team. I passed more cars today than anyone would in a season of open-wheel racing. I look forward to returning to Grand Am racing."