When it comes to legendary race teams, Brumos Racing is unique in its history and its contributions to motorsports through the decades. When it comes to legendary race tracks, Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s history is equally impressive. Indy, nicknamed the Brickyard back in 1909, is preparing to host its first round of GRAND-AM Rolex Series competition, and Brumos is eagerly anticipating their inaugural run on the famous track. The upcoming race may mark the Indy debut for Brumos drivers Andrew Davis and Leh Keen, but the two have a source for advice close at hand in Hurley Haywood, their driving coach and mentor. Haywood, who made his first appearance at Indy in 1979, went on to claim the prestigious title of Fastest Indy Rookie in 1981.
If the two days of testing this month are any indication, the Brumos Porsche 911 GT3 can expect a good showing. Andrew Davis put the famous #59 through its paces both days, posting fastest time in the final session. Davis was pleased with the overall results, saying, “Our recent test at the circuit was quite successful. Although it was extremely hot, we were able to learn a great deal that will help us challenge for the victory when we return. The infield section has a good rhythm, and the long front straight should suit the #59 Porsche nicely. However, the ultra competitive nature of the GT category is still our biggest challenge. As this is the final round of the North American Endurance Championship, the field will be stacked with strong teams and drivers. It’s just an amazing feeling to have the opportunity to race here. The historical significance of our series racing at Indy for the first time really speaks for itself, and I appreciate all the work put forth to make this event a reality. As an American racing driver, being able to drive across the famous yard of bricks on the front straight is very special.”
Leh Keen is also excited to see Indy added to the Rolex Series schedule, saying, “I was fortunate to have been able to participate in the original Rolex Series Indy test back in 2009, so even though I missed our session earlier this month, I have had some experience driving the track. Andrew did a great job at the test days, which were basically run along the same lines as the first part of our actual race weekend will be run. It was unfortunate that I couldn’t be there, but being part of a strong team like Brumos and having a co-driver like Andrew really provides an advantage from a driver’s point of view. In the meantime, I will be reviewing the video and all of the data from the test sessions to be better prepared. It will be a challenge, especially since our track time before the race is so limited due to the one-day format, but I know our guys will give us a good car and we will be ready. It is really something special for me to race with an iconic American racing team like Brumos at an iconic American race track like Indy.”
The Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be Round 9 of the GRAND-AM Rolex season and the 3rd and final round of the 2012 North American Endurance Championship. The 3.0 hour timed event will begin at 4:10 PM ET on Friday, July 27th. Live coverage will be provided by SPEED TV beginning at 4:00 PM, along with MRN Radio, which will feature live streaming of the race action on MotorRacingNetwork.com.