Millville: Brumos Racing preview

Brumos Racing has long been recognized as a team with an impressive resume. With a history that literally has spanned the decades, they bring an unmatched and unique legacy to Grand-Am's Rolex Series competition. Given the team's stability and ...

Brumos Racing has long been recognized as a team with an impressive resume. With a history that literally has spanned the decades, they bring an unmatched and unique legacy to Grand-Am's Rolex Series competition. Given the team's stability and tenure, it is indeed rare to find a major racetrack that has never hosted a Brumos car at some point in their existence. As the team makes preparations to travel to their next race, it is with an added degree of anticipation and excitement, as the upcoming event will be hosted at a brand new facility. Thunderbolt Raceway, located in Millville, NJ, features a 2.25 mile circuit, featuring 14 turns and a half-mile straightaway. The inaugural Grand-Am race there will take place over Labor Day weekend for combined DP and GT fields.

Brumos #58 driver David Donohue, always in search of the `unfair advantage', made a point to visit the location in advance to check things out. "I am very much looking forward to going to Thunderbolt for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that of all the tracks we race on this season, it is actually the closest to my home. I've been out to the location for a brief visit and it looks as if it will be a premier facility very soon. The layout looks to be challenging, maybe not with a very high top speed, but with a lot of fast corners and interesting elevation changes." He also spoke about the Millville area, saying "Let's not forget that the track was built at a historic site where our WWII vets trained in Thunderbolt airplanes. I think a fascination with cars and/or planes attracts similar types of people, so it should be a great place for everyone to visit in addition to the racing action."

His enthusiasm was echoed by #59 driver Joao Barbosa. "I am also looking forward to seeing the new track. While some of the ones we have raced on already this year have been new to me, this one will be new to all drivers, so I feel that my own lack of experience will not be any disadvantage at Thunderbolt. Our last race was at a track that was new to me, but I think I did pretty well, so I am really eager to see how all the other drivers will compare on a track that will be new to all of us instead of just to me. I am still aiming for getting the #59 car back on the podium and would love to get there at this new track."

Donohue sees an additional advantage in the new venue for Brumos. "I always like to visit a new track for the challenges it presents. It puts drivers to the test as well as the team not only racing for the win, but also racing in those days before the event to come up with the best set-up for the car on an untested track. I feel this is one of Brumos Racing's strengths. Running both the #58 and #59 cars only adds to this strength, as we will be able to try more things than some other teams who race only one car."

Considering the strong performances of both the #58 and #59 cars this season, Brumos has every reason to expect an imminent win. When you take into account the enthusiasm and number of added advantages the Brumos team finds at Thunderbolt, chances are good that those factors will translate into a long sought-after victory. David Donohue spoke on behalf of the entire team when he said, "Hopefully, Brumos Racing will be able to add to our own history this Labor Day weekend by achieving the top step of the podium in Thunderbolt's inaugural Grand-Am race."

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Donohue , Joao Barbosa