When the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series schedule was announced, Brumos Racing was thrilled to see the series return to west coast racing and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The track is a team favorite for obvious reasons, with its scenic Monterey, CA, location, but Brumos has also celebrated many notable victories there, going back over thirty-five years to 1975 and Peter Gregg’s historic win in his #59 Brumos Porsche. In their inaugural season of Rolex Series GT competition, Brumos would like nothing better than to see history repeat itself and take the Brumos colors to Victory Lane at Laguna Seca once again. Continue reading ‘Brumos Racing has long history of winning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’
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Half and hour to go and the competition could not be closer. First through fourth are all on the lead lap and are running nose to tail with lead changes taking place. The #58 Brumos Porsche is leading, #01 Chip Ganassi Lexus is second, #59 Brumos Porsche in third and the #10 SunTrust Ford is fourth. It is quite amazing that after twenty three and a half hours it has all come down to a 30 minute sprint race.
In GT Andy Lally is leading in the #67 TRG Porsche with a one lap advantage over his team mate Spencer Pumpelly who is currently in second. Gotham Competition is ninth with Randy Pobst currently behind the wheel.
Four hours remaining and the #58 Brumos Porsche Riley has the overall lead but only by a few seconds. There are currently four cars still on the lead lap, With the #58 in first, #01 TELEMEX Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley in second, #10 SunTrust Ford Dallara in third and the #59 Brumos Porsche Riley in fourth. The #02 Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley is in fifth, four laps down, while the #16 Penske Racing Porsche Riley is sixth, 13 laps down. The SunTrust team is currently the only Ford powered vehicle still running. The other Ford teams had suffered from engine failures, all were caused by similar problems.
In GT the #67 TRG Porsche is in first with the #66 TRG car in second, on the same lap. The #07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R is in third, four laps behind the GT leader. Continue reading ’24 Hours of Daytona: Hour 20 Update’
What you don’t always see are the frantic repairs that occur in the middle of the night. You never know when a mechanical problem will occur and you must be prepared for anything and react quickly in order to get back in the race as swiftly as possible. That is what just happened to the #65 TRG car. Craig Stanton drove about half of his stint without power steering. They brought the car into the garage and changed the alternator in addition to performing a brake service. The TRG mechanics did a great job of repairing the car while it was in the garage. Craig Stanton explains. Continue reading ’24 Hours of Daytona: Hour 9 Update’
Four hours into the race and it has long been dark. Amazingly the race went safety car free for over two hours. There have since been been four safety car periods, however there have been no major incidents. Already the race has taken it’s toll, several cars have either made a trip to the garage or have dropped out of the race all together. The #64 JLowe Racing GT3 Cup car spent a good amount of time in the garage repairing a damaged oil reservoir. They are currently back on the circuit, 32 laps down.
The weather is actually quite nice, with a temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit and no signs of rain. It is a significant warm up from the last few days as temperatures have dipped down into the low 20′s at night.
Porsche is currently occupying eight of the top ten positions in GT while Brumos Racing is currently leading the race overall in their Porsche powered Daytona Prototype Riley.
Testing is complete, the cars have qualified and the fans have arrived. Final preparations are being completed and everyones focus is beginning to intensify. The 2009 edition of the 24 hour classic will be be starting at 3:30PM instead of 12:00PM as it has the last couple of years. Most teams arrived at the track when the garages opened at 7:00 AM this morning and will not leave until 7:00PM Sunday night when the garages close. Crew members will not take shifts during the race and will be going non-stop until tomorrow night when they finish packing the equipment. The drivers are typically the only members of the team that will work on shifts throughout the race. The race is just as much an endurance sport for the crews as it is for the drivers and vehicles.
Check back throughout the race for updates and photos.
Now is the perfect time to donate. Farnbacher Loles Racing and The Children’s Tumor Foundation have teamed up to raise money and awareness during this years Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The #85 Farnbacher Loles Porsche GT3 Cup car will bear a special livery to raise awareness for the foundation as it races twice around the clock. Those who wish to contribute can do so by donating either a fixed amount or by making a per-lap donating. For more information you can read the press release below or visit http://www.racing4research.org/.
TRG will be fielding five Porsche GT3 Cup cars in the GT category at this years Grand-Am Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. You can stay up to date with all of the action throughout the race by visiting their live chat room and video updates page. If you have something you want to say, have a question for the team, or just want to stay up to date with all the action, check back to the live updates page throughout the race weekend. The 24 Hours of Daytona starts on Saturday, January 24th at 3:30 PM EST.