In six decades of racing, there isn’t much that Brumos Racing hasn’t seen, and there aren’t many US road courses that the Jacksonville, FL-based team hasn’t visited. However, the 2nd round of Rolex Series competition for 2013 will offer Brumos the rare opportunity to break new ground as they make their racing debut at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. The state-of-the- art Texas facility opened in 2012 as the first purpose-built Grand Prix venue in the US, but it also accommodates many other types of racing. At 3.4 miles with 20 turns and significant elevation changes, the new course will definitely prove challenging, but it is a challenge eagerly anticipated by the Brumos team.
Andrew Davis has not previously raced at Circuit of the Americas, but he has done his research, saying,
“We have really been looking forward to taking the Brumos #59 Porsche to this race. It is a new track for us, but we will have a day of testing to get things sorted out. The track has some technical sections that will present a real challenge. We have to find a good compromise that will work for those areas as well as for the faster corners and really fine tune the balance of the car. There will be heavy brake zones, long straightaways, and tight hairpin corners so it will definitely be challenging in many ways - but it will also make for some great racing action. Brumos is ready to get to Austin, accept those challenges, and showcase what we can do for this new Texas audience. We obviously didn’t get the result we had hoped for at Daytona, so we are ready to make up some lost ground and get the #59 Brumos Porsche back up front where it belongs.”
While the upcoming race will also be Leh Keen’s driving debut at COTA, he made time last year to visit and has seen the new facility first hand.
“I went to the inaugural F1 race there last season,” he explained. “It is, without a doubt, a world class venue and it says a lot for the future of US road racing. This race will be one of the definite highlights of our season and I can’t wait to get the famous Brumos #59 out there and see for myself what the track is all about. It will also be great to get back into the groove of the sprint race format. We had a tough Rolex 24 this year, but that was only the first race of the year, so we have the opportunity to really make up a lot of ground with a strong finish here. There is just so much excitement around this new track and this race – I want nothing more than to make history and stand at the top of that podium with Andrew and the Brumos team.”
The GRAND-AM Rolex Series will make their Austin, TX, debut for Round 2 of the 2013 GRAND-AM season at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, March 2nd. The 2.75 hour race will begin at 3:00 PM CST/ 4:00 PM ET. It is scheduled for same-day broadcast by SPEED TV beginning at 4:30 PM CST / 5:30 PM ET. MRN Radio will also provide live coverage throughout the race event.
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