Homestead: Brumos Racing preview

Brumos Racing has Good Reason for High Hopes at Homestead

Jacksonville, FL: As Brumos Racing prepares to head south to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Round 2 of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season, you can be sure that it is one track the team is eager to revisit. Brumos has historically enjoyed great success at the south Florida venue, as have its two drivers, Andrew Davis and Leh Keen.

In 2010, the Homestead race proved a high point for the Brumos DP effort in its final season. Following up on their victory there the previous year, the Brumos #59 Porsche Riley narrowly missed a repeat win, ending the race on the 2nd step of the podium. That year also saw both Andrew Davis and Leh Keen on the GT podium, taking a 2nd and 3rd place finish for their respective teams and marking the second consecutive Homestead podium for both. For 2011, Brumos returns to Homestead with the momentum of their top 5 finish at the Rolex 24. With the combined talents of Davis and Keen added to the equation, Brumos has every reason to expect success once again.

Although the Homestead competition represents only the second race for Brumos’ GT effort and the first sprint race of the season, both Brumos drivers are confident of their chances. “The `new team’ thing is just not a big deal any longer,” said Leh Keen. “We really meshed well together at Daytona and are all on the same page we want to win!” Davis agreed with his co-driver, saying, “I was impressed, but not surprised, with how well the Brumos team performed at the Rolex 24. The experience levels of the individual team members made everything come together quite naturally. We learned how to work together to maximize performance a lesson that will prove to be very important in the two-day format at Homestead. The key is to arrive completely recovered from the previous race, and Brumos has been working tirelessly to make sure we are prepared to take advantage of our solid start to the season.”

For Davis, last year marked back-to-back 2nd place finishes at Homestead. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity make that three in a row,” he said. “Leh and I both sprayed some champagne at last year’s race, but we weren’t wearing the same colors. Now we are eager to achieve the common goal of bringing the Brumos Racing GT program its first podium of the season. Our championship run starts now, and I can’t wait to get the #59 Brumos Porsche back on the track!”

2009 Rolex Series GT Champion Keen, who also took pole position at Homestead in 2007, spoke about the strengths of Porsche on the Homestead track. “We showed great speed at the Rolex 24. We also had good speed in our first outing in the new 911 GT3 car at Homestead when we tested there earlier. Homestead is an interesting track it is flat and tight in the infield. Then you have the banking, which is not a 100% throttle corner, so throttle management will be critical there. It is very high speed and our Porsche will be able to cut through traffic in the infield and have great speed on the banking. We are looking for a good race. Starting out the year with a top five at Daytona is a big help and we will really be thankful for those points as we make our championship run. Every race counts and we can’t wait to start the `normal’ season of GRAND-AM sprint races now.”

-source: brumos racing

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