Watkins Glen II: Brumos Racing preview

Brumos Racing Returns for Rematch on Watkins Glen Short Track Jacksonville, FL: The 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series has certainly produced more than its share of heart-stopping races, and for Brumos Racing, it has been a season...

Brumos Racing Returns for Rematch on Watkins Glen Short Track

Jacksonville, FL: The 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series has certainly produced more than its share of heart-stopping races, and for Brumos Racing, it has been a season of ups and downs. From the season high of their 1,3 Rolex 24 finish to the frustrations of their more recent competitions, the team is pulling out all the stops to find their way back to the podium, and nothing would please them more than to get there at the Glen.

Brumos' visit to Watkins Glen's short course last year saw the team in a far different frame of mind, following a string of podium finishes and near wins. When the Brumos #58 car ended that race in 3rd place, it marked the fifth podium in their last six races. And although unpredictable weather conditions wreaked havoc with strategy for the #59 car, Joao Barbosa still managed to post the fastest lap of that race despite being two laps down. While this season's series of setbacks following the Rolex 24 have certainly been disappointing, they have also served to strengthen the team's determination.

In their most recent race at Barber, things were looking up as David Donohue took Brumos' #58 car to the front of the field, holding the lead for thirteen laps before contact from a GT car caused a flat tire and cost him the chance for a win. Donohue voiced frustration, saying, "I really don't know what to predict for Watkins Glen, because we seem to be all over the map right now. We had a great run going at Barber, even at Daytona in July before we had that fire, and obviously, in January. We just seem to be struggling at the other tracks. We have tested at the Glen, and we had a productive test at New Jersey which I feel led to our competitiveness at Barber. We are still hunting, and to get to the form we were in last year, we just need to hunt some more."

Darren Law joined Donohue for some additional testing at Barber, saying, "We stayed the day after the race to test, and tried out a lot of different set-up changes. We learned a lot of things we hope to apply to our race at the Glen, and although it will take some time for our engineers to get through all that data, they are very successful at that. I am really looking forward to being back at Watkins Glen, and would love to see us standing in the same spot on the podium we were on following this race last year."

Brumos #59 driver Joao Barbosa also stayed on for the test day, and hoped to apply lessons learned there to the upcoming race, saying, "At Barber we were able to get through most of our test program, and we changed drivers so the #58 drivers tried the #59 car and I also drove the #58. It was helpful to compare the differences and see what might work best for both. We learned a lot and feel it will be useful for Watkins Glen. We are maybe not where we want to be just yet, but I am confident we will put everything together and find more improvements. I really like racing at the Glen and I especially enjoy the short track, so I look forward to applying what we learned in testing to our next race there." With just four races remaining this season, Brumos heads to the Glen with their #59 car in 7th place and #58 following one point behind in 8th. A technical infraction at the Barber race resulted in assessment of a 15-point penalty against the two leading teams, significantly tightening the race. This advantage, along with the team's determination, puts Brumos in a stronger position than ever as they prepare to mount a serious challenge for the homestretch of the 2009 season.

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