Busy July for Andy Brumbaugh. The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship series is taking a much-needed break during the month of July after a hectic May and June. This, however, does not mean time off for series rookie Andy Brumbaugh and his ...
Busy July for Andy Brumbaugh.
The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship series is taking a much-needed break during the month of July after a hectic May and June. This, however, does not mean time off for series rookie Andy Brumbaugh and his racing activities.
Andy went straight to Toronto with his AIM Autosport team after the Mid-Ohio race. The following week Andy and his Zetec Championship car were on display at the Molson IndyFest in downtown Toronto. Andy's car was also on display at the track for the following weekend's Toronto Molson Indy where Andy met the public, explained the car and the series and signed autographs. Andy had the opportunity to meet with most of the top Toyota Atlantic teams and was invited to meet with some of the CART teams as well.
As Andy was not actively competing in Toronto he had the opportunity to try something new. Andy was asked to provide color commentary for the Canadian Formula Ford 1600 series competing at the event, the series Andy competed in last year. "It was a lot of fun to talk about racing over the PA system. I tried to offer some insights to help the fans really appreciate what was going on with the Canadian Formula Ford's" said Brumbaugh. Veteran Canadian Motorsport Announcer Pat Gonsalves, who worked with Andy on the practice, qualifying and Sunday afternoon race said, "Andy did a superb job as a member of our Molson Indy announcing team. His insights into the F-1600 series added to the public address broadcast and provided race fans solid information on the drivers and cars."
The following week Andy and his AIM Autosport team joined several others teams for a two day test at Mid-Ohio. The AIM team had a chance to try some things and had a really strong test. Andy's times were well below the pole time from June's race at Mid-Ohio so he is looking forward to returning in August. "The lack of pre-season testing really put Andy in a hole for the start of the season. He is now very comfortable with the car and the set-ups. I believe you will see the real Andy Brumbaugh the rest of the season. No doubt he will be one of the front runners. I really wanted Andy on our AIM Autosport team this year and he is ready to show why," said AIM Autosport's Ian Willis.
Andy will finish the month of July at Road Atlanta at an SCCA race. Andy works as a mechanic, engineer and driving coach for Richard Matthews, an up and coming Formula Continental competitor.
Andy is the defending pro Canadian Formula Ford Champion, the first American and the youngest driver ever to win this highly competitive series. He was the U.S. Club Ford champion in 2000 and the N.A.S.A. Formula Ford champion in 1999.