Spotlight on Andy Brumbaugh
Grand Am Cup driver for Team Lexus
Porsche-Junior Test Leads To Sports Cars
FONTANA, CA, October 29, 2004 -- Former Southern California resident Andy Brumbaugh, 20, is already breaking records and making a name for himself. He has burst onto the professional motorsport scene as a force to be reckoned with. His experience, aggression, and maturity is a reflection of his desire to succeed. This five-time karting champion, SCCA national champion, and Canadian Formula Ford Pro Series Champion has made the switch to full-time sports car racing. Andy has lived at racetracks since he was three months old, traveling with his mother and father to Andy's fathers' karting and Formula Ford races. He caught the racing bug immediately.
On Andy's eighth birthday, he took his first laps in a kart in near-by Riverside. The rest is history. He was third in his first season of competition. From 1992-1998 he raced every karting class he could, winning five championships along the way. 1999 was a transitional year for him. He began testing his Club Formula Ford at 15 years old in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona and won 12 of 13 N.A.S.A. races.
2000 and the move up to SCCA brought many challenges to Andy. New tracks and new competition challenged him but he was able to overcome them all resulting in 5 wins, a track record at Road Atlanta (still standing), and the Club Formula Ford SCCA national championship. 2001 was time to turn pro and the decision was made to compete in the prestigious Canadian Formula Ford Championship.
The Canadian Formula Ford Championship was chosen because it was the closest series in North America to European type racing, had a long history, was hugely competitive, attracted large crowds and raced in front of Formula 1, ALMS and Toyota Atlantic. 2001 proved to be a record setting year for Andy and the Canadian Formula Ford Championship. Andy won the most races and tied for the most poles on his way to becoming the first American and youngest driver in history to win this championship. Andy also became the first rookie to win the championship since Andrew Bordin in 1995, clinching the Rookie of the Year title as well.
Andy broke the records set by series stars like Paul Tracy, Alex Tagliani, Scott Goodyear, the late Greg Moore and many other top drivers.
Andy raced in the US FF2000 Zetec Championship in 2002 and 2003. Andy was always a front-runner and a regular podium finisher in North America's most competitive wings and slicks open wheel ladder series.
At the end of 2002, Andy was selected as one of the two American finalists to go to Germany to test with the UPS Porsche-Junior team, alongside Patrick Long. Andy had zero sports car racing experience and had never even driven a street Porsche. Nonetheless it was a fantastic and life changing experience. Andy performed well, impressing Porsche with his ability despite the lack of sports car experience. This trip to Germany convinced Andy that his future (and heart) was in sports car racing.
A highlight to 2003 was being chosen for the Red Bull Driver Search, a prestigious search for the next American F1 driver.
Andy's 2004 season started off late. Andy didn't get on track until the fourth round of the Grand Am Cup series in Mt. Tremblant, Canada. Andy raced for BGB Motorsports in a Porsche 996. Andy and his codriver went on to finish in 8th place, right behind their teammates who were holding them up the whole race. A strong first run for Andy started talks with Chuck Goldsborough, the owner of Team Lexus. Team Lexus is the factory Lexus team in Grand-Am Cup ST class racing a Lexus IS300. Andy's first race with Team Lexus was at Watkins Glen. He is racing the balance of the season with Team Lexus and is delighted with the opportunity. Sports car racing is where Andy wants to be.
Away from Grand Am competition Andy is a student at the University of South Carolina as well as an active driver coach and instructor. He also competes in vintage racing.