Brumos Ready for Another Finale Win as They Wrap Up 2010 at Miller Jacksonville, FL: Since the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series held their debut competition at the newly-opened Miller Motorsports Park in 2006, the event has undergone ...
Brumos Ready for Another Finale Win as They Wrap Up 2010 at Miller
Jacksonville, FL: Since the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series held their debut competition at the newly-opened Miller Motorsports Park in 2006, the event has undergone continual evolution. The traditional season finale event, originally a nine-hour endurance race, was shortened to seven hours the next two years. Last season saw even more changes, as 2009 was the first Miller race that was neither a finale nor an endurance race. While this year returns the event to its former time slot to end the season, it remains a sprint race, but with one more change in store for 2010. This year the competition moves to the short 3.048 mile course, rather than the 4.486 mile course utilized by the Rolex Series in the past.
Brumos Racing has had ups and downs at Miller since 2006, but is still in search of the team's first podium there. In 2008, the #59 narrowly missed a trip to Victory Lane when it ended the day with a 4th place finish. That race also saw the #58 Brumos entry out in front for an extended run, as David Donohue led the race for 18 laps. Brumos cars have been consistently competitive at Miller, regardless of the format, and the drivers would like nothing better than to see this season end the same as they ended 2009 with a Brumos victory. Last season the Brumos #59 took the top step of the podium in the year's final competition, ending a memorable race that saw Hurley Haywood add one more career win to his lengthy list of accomplishments. That victory gave the team valuable momentum going into the off-season as Brumos fans celebrated the return of the famous #59 to the Winner's Circle.
Last season, coming into the final race of the year, the Brumos #59 Porsche Riley was in 7th place in the Rolex Series DP team standings. Heading into the final race of 2010, Brumos is sitting comfortably in 5th place in both Team and Driver Points, now only one point shy of 4th place. The team will be going all out to end the year on a high note, and strategy will play a key role. A good strategy call at their previous race worked out perfectly to keep the #59 competitive, and success at Miller will require similar focus and results.
David Donohue recalls Brumos' history at Miller, saying "We were in a learning curve that first year, having just gone to the Riley chassis, but we were competitive the following years, regardless of how the format was changed. This year I'm really looking forward to running on the shorter track. The long track seemed to be long just for the sake of being long. A shorter course will help us with getting the car set up properly, and it will also be a lot nicer race for the spectators. They will be able to see more of the race action this year. Darren has raced on that short track before, and he has really enjoyed it. It should be a fun track to drive, and I think Brumos will do well. Our guys have worked really hard all year long and deserve to close out the season with a win. Darren and I will be doing our very best to deliver one."
The 2010 Rolex Series season finale will take place at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, on Saturday, September 11th.
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