Montreal: Brumos Racing preview

Brumos Racing Ready to Write a New Ending for Montreal Jacksonville, FL: Auto racing always been a sport of highs and lows, and Brumos Racing has certainly seen its share of both throughout the years. Race fans love nothing better...

Brumos Racing Ready to Write a New Ending for Montreal

Jacksonville, FL: Auto racing always been a sport of highs and lows, and Brumos Racing has certainly seen its share of both throughout the years. Race fans love nothing better that a thrilling, down-to-the-wire contest, and in the past year, Brumos has delivered two of the most talked-about finishes in Grand-Am's history . This season's 24 Hours of Daytona saw Brumos score a win in the closest finish ever in the history of that race. As the action moves north to Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, however, the favorite topic of conversation is more likely to be another unforgettable Brumos finish - one which is still painful for the team and their fans to remember.

Throughout the 2008 season, Brumos flirted with victory time after time, arriving in Montreal with their #58 car enjoying a string of top five finishes and podiums. It seemed as if that elusive victory was finally at hand, as Darren Law held the lead going into the final lap of the race. As a Brumos victory was announced on live TV signaling the end of a frustrating five year winless streak, the unthinkable happened. Just yards from taking the checkered flag for the win, the #58 car slowed as fuel ran out, allowing two other cars to cross the finish line ahead of Law The stunned Brumos team watched in disbelief as their hard-won victory was reduced to a third place finish. Joao Barbosa crossed the line just behind his teammate, taking 4th place for the #59 Brumos entry. Although a podium finish would normally be cause for celebration, seeing a victory slip away just yards from the finish line was instead what Law termed "the most disappointing podium I've ever had".

Although Brumos returns to Montreal this season following a streak of setbacks rather than podiums, the team is no less confident of their chances. As Joao Barbosa said, "Brumos doesn't quit and that's one reason I love being a part of this team. We keep fighting to come back, no matter what problems we face. Our main goals for this season were to see J.C. become the first a two-time Trueman Award winner, and to get on the podium after all of our 4th place finishes last year. J.C. is still leading in Trueman points, and we made it to the podium at Daytona. We still have three races to go, and I am really looking forward to the chance to add some more points for J.C. and more podiums for Brumos."

Darren Law also expressed enthusiasm for a rematch, saying, "I'm ready to get back to Montreal Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a great track, and the lack of elevation changes will help even out the playing field for us against the V-8's. After last year, we have certainly been cautious about fuel strategy to insure we don't get in that situation again, but I can't say we will approach this race any differently, otherwise. The main change I see for us is that it has increased our level of determination. Last year we were anxious to score that first win, so after leading for so long and then losing in the final seconds like that it just makes us more determined now than ever. Last year we had the winning car. We had the race won. Now - we want our win back."

The Montreal 200 will be held on Saturday, August 29th, with the green flag set to drop at 2:15 PM ET. Speed TV will broadcast the two hour/ 200 mile race live with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Law , Gilles Villeneuve , Joao Barbosa