JANUARY 28th, 2001 - MontrÃ©al, PQ - Key Motorsport is proud to announce the addition of young American sensation Andy Brumbaugh to their Formula Ford 2001 team. Andy and his parents traveled to Florida to meet with Key Motorsports as a test for...
JANUARY 28th, 2001 - Montréal, PQ - Key Motorsport is proud to announce the addition of young American sensation Andy Brumbaugh to their Formula Ford 2001 team.
Andy and his parents traveled to Florida to meet with Key Motorsports as a test for the 2001 Canadian Pro Formula Ford Series. The first race was at Sebring Raceway and the second race, a week later, was at Moroso Motorsports Park in the Palm Beach, Florida area. The goals for the two weekends for Andy was to get used to the car, a '98 Van Diemen Formula Ford.
The first weekend started off with a little twist. Andy's first session was in the teams F2000 pro car, Andy was in heaven after his second session with that car. But, he had to go back to the Formula Ford so he could get used to the car and the tires, Andy had never raced on street tires before like they require in Canada. Saturday was qualifying and Andy was a little disappointed at being off of the front runners time but the team reassured him that his times were actually really good compared to their driver from 2000 that was third in the championship. Sunday's race was good and bad. It started off really well, Andy was moving up through the field. A yellow flag came out and bunched up the field. Andy was looking optimistic about his chances since he would be closer to the leaders. However, shortly after the restart, the float in the carburetor broke which ended his day. It was a good weekend though, Andy was able to leave a positive impression on the team.
The second weekend started off in a unique way. Andy was glad that the team owner of Key Motorsports was going to race with him but unfortunately a problem in the first session kept Steve Djelebian from competing. Andy's times on Friday were coming down quite nicely. He was able to qualify about the same amount of time off of the leaders this weekend, which was pretty good considering the tires he was running. Sunday's race got off to a bad start. Fibreglass debris on the track cut Andy's front brake line before the first turn of the race so Andy's front brakes did not work for the whole event. Andy limped around the best he could and finished fifth in Formula Ford.
Following this wonderful performance, Brumbaugh Racing and Key Motorsport have agreed to have Andy drive for Key in the Canadian Pro FF1600 series this year. The team thinks Andy will do quite well and everyone is convinced about his chances to succeed this year.
ANDY BRUMBAUGH'S RESUME
8 years competition driving experience 12 years crew/mechanic experience
Courses Followed Skip Barber Racing School - 2000 N.A.S.A. Advanced Competition Course - 1999 N.A.S.A. Competition Course - 1998 START! Karting School - 1995/1993
Results 2000 SCCA Club Racing Club Ford-South Atlantic Road Racing Championship 4 Wins (Charlotte, Roebling Road, Road Atlanta, Daytona) 1 2nd, 1 3rd, 1 4th, 1 5th, 1 DNF
Formula Continental-SEDiv Nationals 1 race-last to 5th on wet/drying track at VIR ('85 Swift)
1999 National Auto Sport Association 12 Wins Formula Ford Youngest Champion (at 15) in N.A.S.A. History
1998 Karting PKRA Junior Superbox Champion PKRA HPV Junior Champion IKF Grandnationals-10th Dirt Oval Karting Competition
1997 Karting PKRA Junior Sportsman Champion IKF Region 7 Winner-Junior Piston Port IKF Holiday Classic-3rd and 5th
1996 Karting IKF Region 7 Competition Pit Crew for father's Formula Continental
1995 Karting PKRA Rookie Sportsman Champion
1994 Karting PKRA Two Cycle Junior 1 Champion
1993 First Karting Wins
1992 Started Karting Competition