Brumos Racing Sees Many Positives Despite Tough Race at Barber
Jacksonville, FL: In what will be a season of firsts for Brumos Racing’s new GT program, the debut of the #59 Porsche 911 GT3 at Barber Motorsports Park marked another important milestone, the first race for the full Brumos team based in Jacksonville, Florida. The event proved to be a particularly challenging one, with the team ending in a 10th place finish – a result that didn’t accurately reflect the team’s hard work and efforts.
While it is always important that a race car roll off the truck in good shape, at this year’s Porsche 250, it was critical. In a race weekend shared with the Indy Car Series, practice times were limited at best. The final session was cut short to repair damage to the track, virtually eliminating the chance to make adjustments. Despite those challenges, the team worked hard to find improvements and their efforts paid off as Andrew Davis qualified the car in 5th place. In a race where tire conservation was key, strategy was working well and the #59 was keeping pace when contact from a DP car late in the race took Brumos out of contention. Leh Keen held on to close out the race, posting the fastest lap of the GT cars at times, but when the expected yellow flags failed to materialize, there was no chance to regain the lost ground.
Despite his obvious disappointment at seeing a promising run cut short, 2009 Rolex GT Champion Keen was upbeat, saying, “It was definitely a tough day, but there were really a lot of positives for Brumos here. Our team came together as one group for their first race, and all of our guys did a great job. I really have to thank Andrew, too, for doing such an awesome job during his stint under some difficult conditions. He kept the car up front and it really showed a lot of potential. Then, late in the race I was battling with another GT car and two DPs were passing us on the exit of the hairpin. I was kind of sandwiched between them, holding my line. The DP on the right wanted to pass the other GT car and when he did, his left rear wheel hit my right front wheel. It bent my wheel and cut down my tire so I had to limp back into the pits for repairs. We were on our way to have a good result, so it was a shame, but for Brumos, there are only better things ahead.”
Our team came together as one group for their first race, and all of our guys did a great job.
Andrew Davis also voiced optimism, saying, “This was an important race for Brumos. We made a lot of progress - we showed up as a better unit and the car was better from the beginning. There is still work to be done, but our improvement in qualifying shows the progress we have made. During my stint, I was in striking distance to the front of the field. We started out as planned and I was able to move up a spot or two. We came up with some great strategy and were able to keep pace with the cars that finished on the podium. I am really proud of the effort we put in to get to that point. It takes a lot of hard work to get a car that competitive in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT class. We were on our way, but unfortunately, this time we didn’t get to reap the benefits of all our hard work. However, we did learn a lot and will move to the next race at VIR with a lot of confidence. Everything is moving in the right direction and I can’t say enough about the team we have assembled and Brumos Racing. I know we will get the Brumos #59 Porsche up front very soon.”
Team owner Dan Davis echoed the sentiments of his drivers, adding, “I am so impressed with our Brumos team. They have all put in a lot of hard work and done so with a great attitude and a lot of enthusiasm. Our Team Manager, Skip Schinsing, has assembled an impressive and experienced crew and I could not have chosen a better group of people to represent Brumos in our return to GT competition.”
After staying on for an additional day of tire testing, Brumos will be working hard to find more improvements and putting the lessons they learned at Barber to good use as they prepare for their next race at VIR.
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