Brumbaugh, Lally Pace Lexus G-A Cup at Homestead HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2004) - The one-day Homestead Miami 250 event proved to be a difficult one for Team Lexus and the Lexus IS 300 Grand-Am Cup program as Andy Brumbaugh and Andy Lally...
Brumbaugh, Lally Pace Lexus G-A Cup at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2004) - The one-day Homestead Miami 250 event proved to be a difficult one for Team Lexus and the Lexus IS 300 Grand-Am Cup program as Andy Brumbaugh and Andy Lally brought home the highest-finishing Lexus in 10th place in the Sport Touring Class, while teammates Chuck Goldsborough, Ian James and Jason Bowles were 12th.
The race was originally postponed one week due to the recent hurricane activity throughout South Florida and then re-scheduled from a three-day weekend to a two-day event, which resulted in a one-day affair for the Grand-Am Cup cars.
With just two practice sessions prior to Saturday's race, Brumbaugh and Lally were forced to play catch-up early after suffering through some problems almost immediately in the first session and placed 14th overall in the session. They improved slightly to 12th in the second practice session.
On the other hand, things were going well early on for the #2 Lexus IS 300 driven by Chuck Goldsborough, Ian James and Jason Bowles. The car finished a solid seventh in the first session and then came back to register the fourth-quickest time in the second session.
Officials ruled the starting grid would be decided by points with the #2 Lexus starting in fourth and the #3 team car beginning the race in 11th.
After starting the race with optimism, things quickly went downhill for the #2 Lexus, which was forced to pit on Lap 10. The car eventually returned to the track, but not before losing 12 laps in the pits after an 18-minute stop. The team would battle mechanical woes throughout the remainder of the race.
Things never really seemed to get untracked for the #2 Lexus. After starting 11th, they eventually gained one spot, but never were in a position to contend on their way to the 10th-place showing.
The Grand-American Grand Am Cup returns to action at the Virginia International Raceway, Oct. 2 for the VIR 250. The Saturday race will be shown on a tape-delayed basis at noon on Oct. 17. The event will mark the eighth round on the 10-race schedule and will be run in conjunction with the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.