With the merger between the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Series the NASCAR-owned entity makes its first ever trip the twelve turns of Road Atlanta this weekend. However, for both drivers of Brumos Racing’s #59 Porsche it is something of a home race.
“I have literally grown up there,” enthuses University of Georgia graduate Andrew Davis. “I was four years old, sitting at turn 12, watching Hurley Haywood and all of my other racing heroes driving GTP cars, and I’ve been there ever since. Driving the Brumos #59 with Leh in this particular race brings a lot of emotions to me. I remember how important it was back then just to see the #59 Brumos Porsche on the track.”
“Now I will actually be driving it and my young son, Layne, will be there watching. Road Atlanta is a great track for Porsches and Brumos has an amazing history there as well – I think we are going to be really strong and I expect us to be back up front again. We have a lot to fight for and a lot to prove.”
Brumos’ #59 has been a major part of the marketing for the Rolex Series’ arrival at the Braselton track appearing on billboards around Atlanta, where Davis’ co-driver Leh Keen now lives.
“Last year it was rumoured that Road Atlanta might be on the schedule for 2013. I have raced there in the Petit Le Mans the last few years, but now that the Grand-Am/ALMS merger has come, I am really happy that I will be able to return as part of the Rolex Series,” said Keen. “I live in Atlanta now and was born just a bit south of there. Road Atlanta is one of my all-time favourite tracks, and turn 12 is one of my favourite corners, so to be able to race in the Brumos #59 there is extremely exciting and I’m expecting a good result. Last year when the schedule was announced, Andrew and I both agreed that this would be one we really need to win.”
The Brumos Racing crew face a two hour, 45-minute race this weekend, due to start at 4:30pm local time (9:30pm UK time) on Saturday. The #59 remains in the special ‘hand-print’ livery it ran in at Barber Motorsports Park in support of Children’s of Alabama paediatric hospital.