Andy Brumbaugh shines for the Racer's Group in Tremblant Mont-Tremblant, QC -- May 23, 2005 -- 2001 Canadian Pro Formula Ford 1600 Champion Andy Brumbaugh made the most of his return to Canada, helping the Racer's Group score an 11th...
Andy Brumbaugh shines for the Racer's Group in Tremblant
Mont-Tremblant, QC -- May 23, 2005 -- 2001 Canadian Pro Formula Ford 1600 Champion Andy Brumbaugh made the most of his return to Canada, helping the Racer's Group score an 11th position at the Rolex Sports Car Series Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, last Saturday in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
Andy started the race from the 17th spot on the GT class grid in wet conditions. When he handed the wheel to co-driver Marc Bullock after an hour, he had worked up to the 10th position in class. "I really enjoy racing in Tremblant, said Brumbaugh. The conditions were really difficult for my first stint. The track was soggy and poor visibility was a huge issue. Lucky for me, I knew the track fairly well, so I've gained a number of positions in the span of an hour."
When Andy got back in the car for his second stint, the track had dried out, and the car was ranked 12th in class. The Columbia, South Carolina driver brought the TRG #63 car home in 11th position. "I wanted a top-ten finish, but I knew that with about 20 minutes to go and almost a full lap to make up to the 10th-placed car, it wasn't worth risking the car by pushing too hard. I settled into a comfortable rhythm for the last stint and just made sure I brought it home in one piece."
The Racer's Group Team Owner Kevin Buckler was satisfied with the performance. "Andy did exactly what we expected and asked from him, Buckler confided. He followed the pace, shown impressive professionalism and coached his co-drivers, Marc Bullock and Dave Master. I have seen numerous new Porsche drivers in the past, and Andy is among the best I've seen. Very fast and consistent. He honestly surprised me, considering how young he is."
The young South Carolinian was all smiles after the race while he was reflecting on his first GT class start in Rolex Sports Car racing. "The Racer's Group team really was the team to take the start in GT, declared Andy. It's really stimulating to work with a group as accomplished and experienced as the TRG crew. It was also really nice to work closely with Andy (Lally) again (TRG car #65). We've raced together for Team Lexus last year. I just wish I could have spent a bit more time with the car prior to the race to improve my times even more. I have to thank Kevin Buckler and the entire crew and drivers for a great weekend, and also many thanks to G-nius Communication for their support and for allowing me to race in Tremblant this weekend."