Lime Rock Park
Brumos Racing Makes another New Beginning at Lime Rock Park
Jacksonville, FL: Any Brumos Racing fan who has followed the legendary team through the years is likely familiar with the significance of Lime Rock Park and the inaugural IMSA Supercar Series race held there in 1991. After a hiatus in their GT sports car racing program following the death of Peter Gregg, that year saw Brumos return to active sportscar competition in the newlyminted Supercar Series. Brumos thrilled their fans by rolling out a familiar white, red and blue #59 Porsche 911 at Lime Rock, going on to win the 1991 Supercar championship that year.
Now marking the 20th anniversary of that historic Memorial Day Lime Rock debut, Brumos Racing has again returned to GT competition, keeping with the ideals from the Supercar days by racing the cars that Brumos Porsche sells in their Jacksonville, Florida showroom. In fact, the 2011 Brumos Porsche 911 GT3 in the familiar livery bears more than a passing resemblance to its Supercar predecessor, to the delight of Brumos fans everywhere.
Although current-day Brumos driver and 2009 Rolex Series GT Champion Leh Keen was quite young in 1991, he has already seen his own success at the historic track. “Lime Rock is such a cool track hidden away there in the Connecticut mountains,” he said. “It is very short, very fast, and it is all about rhythm. I’ve raced there several times now, and last year I was on the podium with a second place finish, so I definitely enjoy racing there. The track is very short so we will be seeing sub-minute lap times and pit stops will be really important. It will be tough to stay on the lead lap if you have to pit under green. It is definitely going to be a challenging race and I am really looking forward to it.”
Andrew Davis also has some good memories of the track, finishing on the podium there in 2008 after earning a front row start. “I always enjoy racing at Lime Rock”, Davis said. “It’s a very historic track and in such a beautiful part of the country. The GRAND-AM Rolex Series has raced there several years in the past with GT-only events, but the addition of DP cars to the field again this year will make traffic very challenging. It’s a very busy race, trying to balance the faster DPs while still pushing our car to the maximum. It’s going to make for a really interesting race, and I can’t wait the get the #59 on track there.”
We have a strong car and a great effort...
The Lime Rock track is unique, as it is a much shorter course than most of the tracks visited by the Rolex Series, so good strategy is critical. Brumos Team Manager Skip Schinsing feels a major factor to success there is having a good car off the truck in the condensed holiday schedule that allows little time for adjustments. Given the short track and heavy traffic, overtaking will be difficult, so qualifying well is also critical. As Rolex Series competition moves from Lime Rock to Watkins Glen for the season’s first back-to-back race weekends, keeping the car undamaged for the 6 Hour Glen race is also a major consideration.
Despite the many challenges, Schinsing has great confidence in his team. “We are close and getting closer to that first win,” he said. “We have been knocking on the door the last few races. Our guys have developed as a group very well, the car is getting better, and we are chipping away on all fronts. We have a strong car and a great effort, and although we’ve had our share of setbacks this season on track, we’re going to take our lessons learned and roll with it. We are confident, and we are hungry for that first big finish for the Brumos #59 Porsche. Lime Rock would certainly be a fitting place to see Brumos take that first step toward a championship, just like they did twenty years ago. We are going to do our best to deliver that for our fans.”
The Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park will take place on Monday, May 30th.
-source: brumos racing