When the 2013 Rolex Series schedule was released, the addition of Road Atlanta was a welcome sight, particularly for Brumos drivers and Atlanta area residents, Andrew Davis and Leh Keen. Returning to a historic track after a lengthy absence - particularly to one that saw many Brumos victories in years past - made Road Atlanta one of the milestone events of the season. As the event drew near it became even more significant, as it marked the finale race for Brumos in 2013 and would be their final competition in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series.
Brumos, determined to close out their season on a high note, brought in Wright Motorsports group to help improve the competitiveness of the Brumos Porsche 911 GT3. Changes made to the car paid off, with #59 posting the fastest time in Friday’s practice session. Hoping for pole position, Andrew Davis and the team were disappointed as rain forced cancellation of qualifying, resulting in Brumos starting from 5th, based on points. Davis wasted no time, moving up to 3rd on the first lap of the race, remaining in the top three throughout most of his stint. Leh Keen kept up that pace, also holding the #59 at or near the top, leading the race for 10 laps. In the closing minutes, Brumos appeared to be headed for the podium, but as fuel ran low, the #59 was unable to hold position and ended the race in 4th, running on reserve to take the checkered flag.
The weekend brought mixed emotions for Andrew Davis, who said, “Being at my home track here at Road Atlanta and driving that #59 Brumos Porsche where I grew up watching it race was really emotional. The crew did an amazing job getting the car together for us. We were quick in all the sessions and I was confident we would have qualified well if the session had gone dry. We ran up front throughout the race, which was refreshing after our recent struggles. The race was tough with lots of hard racing and quick cars, and not many mistakes in the GT field, so we are very proud of our 4th place finish. I am proud of our team and thankful to Dan Davis and Hurley Haywood. It has been an amazing opportunity to be a Brumos driver alongside Leh Keen and to follow in the footsteps of Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg. Once you’re a Brumos driver, you’re always a Brumos driver. Thank you to everyone at Brumos Racing and all of our fans for their support - I will be looking forward to the future and getting the #59 back on track soon.”
The weekend was emotional for Leh Keen as well. “We came off the truck with a good car and had a really good vibe around the team,” he said. “Wright Motorsports came in to help us and we really meshed well with them. We made a lot of improvements and the car was a joy to drive. We had a really good race going, but just missed the podium at the very end. I was busy driving and thinking about the race, but when I pulled in the pits at the end and the team was clapping, and Dan and Hurley and Andrew came out to the car - it really hit me hard. When I started this, I knew the car, but now I know all the people and I’m in the Brumos family. The people are what make it so special and I was lucky to be able to help out a little with the history in my ride here in the #59, with the championship and all the good races and good times. It was the ultimate, being in that car with Andrew as my co-driver. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, a better car, or a better co-driver. It was all-around picture perfect. Hopefully, in the near future, we can get the Brumos #59 back on track and continue this, because for me, as a driver, that is just the ultimate.”
Brumos Racing will be back at their shop in Jacksonville, FL, laying the groundwork as they prepare for the next phase and work toward re-entry into active competition.