The 2013 Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park will be a race long remembered by Brumos Racing - not for their results on the track, but for the opportunity to work with the Racing for Children’s group. Brumos drivers and crew were able to spend time during the week with many of the pediatric hospital’s patients and their families, and Brumos raced in a special livery with handprints of children covering the Brumos #59 Porsche 911 GT3. Although the track at Barber is a challenging one for Porsches, the drivers and crew were determined to give it their all in hopes of repeating last year’s podium finish.
Unfortunately, a repeat podium was not in the cards, as the team suffered a series of setbacks. Limited track time in a weekend shared with the IndyCar Series, combined with cold and rainy pre-race weather, offered little chance to find a workable setup for the warm and sunny race day. Braking problems during qualifying caused a lock up for Andrew Davis that spun him off course, damaging a tire. Unable to make a change, the Brumos #59 was forced to end the session in 12th place. Davis fought his way back in his opening stint and was able to gain ground, but braking issues persisted. Leh Keen ran into problems in the closing stint as the brakes locked up again. The resulting tire damage brought him back in to pit for new tires. Given the shortened 2 hour race format, time ran out before Keen could regain position, but he hung on to end the day with a top ten finish.
Andrew Davis described the day as a tough one for Brumos and for Porsches in general, saying, “We just weren’t as competitive as we wanted, with braking issues and a lack of grip, so we struggled to keep pace. I am really proud of the Brumos crew, as always, because they kept fighting. But more importantly, it was a chance for us to help Racing for Children’s. We may have struggled on track, but these kids have struggles far beyond racing and to see that they are still so positive, happy and full of life - they are real fighters. To bring a little joy to the children and their families at this event was really our goal, so despite our problems on track, we felt like we had a successful weekend because we were able to help promote Racing for Children’s.”
For Leh Keen, it was an uphill battle throughout his stint. “In general, we struggled,” he said. “With the rain the past few days and no race morning warm-up because of Indy cars on track, we never got to truly test the car on a dry track. We just didn’t find the right setup and that kind of caught us out there in the end. Barber has always been a tough track for Porsches and that was the case again today, unfortunately. But all in all, we had an amazing weekend. Raising awareness for Children’s of Alabama, having all the kids in our car, driving them around the track, seeing the hospital and spending time with them was really special. Although we didn’t make it to the podium, we do hope we were able to make people aware of the wonderful things they are doing there to save lives.”
Their 10th place finish for the Porsche 250 puts Brumos in 5th place in the Rolex Series GT team standings. The next race on the schedule will be at Road Atlanta on Saturday, April 20th. Brumos Racing will retain the special Racing for Children’s livery for that race.