Jacksonville, FL: When Brumos Racing last traveled to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, they had it all on the line. Coming into the 2011 finale race, Brumos was 2nd in GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT points for what would be a winner-take-all contest. When an electrical issue sidelined the Brumos #59 for the qualifying session, it started from the back of the pack and odds were not in the team’s favor. Despite it all, Brumos pulled off an unforgettable upset, bringing the GT Championship back home to Jacksonville, Florida. Now, as the team returns to Mid-Ohio, they are looking to turn the tide and regain momentum. A visit to Mid-Ohio with its good memories may be just what the team needs following some particularly frustrating and difficult races.
Brumos has been competing and winning at Mid-Ohio since the 1970’s, but Andrew Davis has his own history of success there, including back-to-back podiums in 2007 and 2008. For 2012, Davis has his sights firmly fixed on a win. “I have been looking forward to going back to Mid-Ohio since we left there last year,” he said. “Having clinched the championship and having all those good feelings for that circuit, it is going to be really exciting for our squad to return. But more importantly, we are good there. We know the car is good – our Brumos Porsche 911 GT3 runs really well there and I know we will be in contention for the pole and also be able to challenge for the win. Basically, being behind in the points now, we have to go for it. There’s no worrying about points here or there, it’s more about maximizing position. We have had so many near misses this year, and we started out the year well, but now we have to get back into winning form and Mid-Ohio is just the place for us to do that.”
For Leh Keen, the memories are particularly meaningful. As Keen explained, “Mid-Ohio is an unbelievably special place for me. I would never have thought that would be the case when I started my racing career, although it is a cool racetrack with lots of history. Personally, I have experienced the ultimate highs and the ultimate lows of my career at Mid-Ohio. One of the lows was my seasonending crash there in 2007. If you had asked me two years ago what my ultimate high was, it would have been coming back to Mid-Ohio in 2008 for the first time after that crash and winning, and then coming back in 2009 to win again. I thought that was exciting, but those victories didn’t have anything on winning the championship with Brumos last year. Mid-Ohio is definitely a special place for me with so many good memories and I am really excited to get back. We know we have a fast car, so we will take that fast car and go for the win. We took a hit in points, so now we are just going for the best position and you can be sure we will be going all out.”