Brumos Racing, Donohue Have Historical Ties to Mont-Tremblant DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 9, 2003) -- The Brumos Racing No. 59 Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype will have history on its side when it competes at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in the...
Brumos Racing, Donohue Have Historical Ties to Mont-Tremblant
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 9, 2003) -- The Brumos Racing No. 59 Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype will have history on its side when it competes at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in the 10th round of the 2003 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, September 19-21. Hurley Haywood and J.C. France will share driving duties during the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant in the Daytona Prototype in, which carries an identical paint scheme to the one Peter Gregg drove to a pair of Trans-Am victories in 1969 and 1977 at the historic 2.65-mile, 15-turn layout.
"I've never raced at Mont-Tremblant, but I've run in Porsche events at the old circuit," said Haywood. "It's really beautiful, and the track is quite interesting. It has a lot of blind corners and elevation changes. The new circuit has been extensively remodeled, as I found out when I ran a recent Porsche event, but they haven't changed the layout at all -- it's exactly like the early days."
The circuit was built in 1964 and held major Trans-Am, Can-Am, Indy car and Formula One races in the 1960s. Since 1978, the circuit has primarily hosted Canadian-based series and club events. The facility was extensively remodeled in 2000, and the Rolex Series made its debut at the track last season.
David Donohue, driver of Brumos' No. 58 Red Bull Porsche FABCAR, also has a legacy to follow at Mont-Tremblant. His father, the late Mark Donohue, was one of the circuit's all-time leading winners, capturing the 1968 USRRC event in addition to four consecutive Trans-Am triumphs.
"I hope to mimic my father's results, because right now, we need all the help we can get for the championship," said Donohue, who currently holds the lead in the Rolex Series point standings with his co-driver Mike Borkowski. "I've never been there, but I've heard Mont-Tremblant is a beautiful, state-of-the-art circuit. "I know my dad was really good there, but that doesn't always apply to me. For instance, he was real good at Lime Rock (Connecticut), but I haven't had much luck there."
With only three races remaining in the 2003 Rolex Series, Donohue and Borkowski share the Daytona Prototypes lead with 278 points, only one point ahead of Terry Borcheller, driver of the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran JE4. Haywood and France are only six points behind the leaders.
"Don't forget, I'm also running for the championship," noted Haywood. "I'd like to think that my experience driving at Mont-Tremblant will work in my favor, but I think David and the other guys will pick it up pretty quickly."
The 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will be held on the classic Canadian road course September 19-21. Tickets are currently on sale for the second-annual Rolex Series race and can be purchased by calling 800-517-5725 or logging onto www.lecircuit.com.
Additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.