Lime Rock Park in scenic Lakeville, Connecticut, has been the site of many historically significant sports car races through the years, and it is a very special place for Brumos Racing. In the past, Lime Rock has proven to be a turning point, setting Brumos on the path to some notable championship runs. In 1991, Lime Rock marked the first race in Brumosí return to competition after the loss of Peter Gregg, as Hurley Haywood closed out the year by claiming the SuperCar championship. Last season Lime Rock was the site of the first podium finish for Brumosí new GT effort, setting the stage for their 2011 championship win. Lime Rock has traditionally been a mid-season event, but this year will mark its first hosting of the Rolex Series finale. While a repeat championship is not in the cards this year, a strong finish is the goal for Brumos as they wrap up 2012 in hopes of closing out the year with a victory.
Last yearís Memorial Day Lime Rock event was the first of two back-to-back races, so keeping the car intact for the next race was critical with the championship still up for grabs. This season, driver Andrew Davis has a different objective in mind - simply winning the race. ďIím excited to get back to Lime Rock,Ē he said. ďThat is where we started our championship roll last year. We proved that our Porsche 911 GT3 can be very quick there, and this year we have nothing to lose. We havenít had that victory this year that we want so badly, so we are going to fight as hard as we can and go for the win. We donít need to hold anything back since this is the finale and this seasonís championship has already been decided. Itís a short event - only two days - so we wonít have a lot of time to perfect the car, but I think that with what we learned last year and through the course of this year, we will have a good car. Our plan is just to push hard and be thoroughly prepared so we can get the famous Brumos #59 back up in front where it belongs.Ē
Leh Keen is in agreement with his co-driver, but is also well aware of the unique challenges that Lime Rock will present. He explained, ďThe track is very short and very fast, so traffic will be heavy and pit stops will be critical. It is easy to go down a lap if you have to come in under green. Itís just hard to believe the 2012 season is already coming to an end. Last year we finished on the podium here and it will always be special since it was our first. After that, we went on to get some big wins, so we are looking forward to getting back to Lime Rock. We only have one chance now to get the win that has been so difficult for us this year. We have had some great races, but a victory has been hard for us to grab. Now, since this is our last shot at it, we will definitely bring everything we have and are going to go for it. We really want to wrap up this season on a good note and I canít think of any better way than to close it out in Victory Lane.Ē
The GRAND-AM Rolex Series finale race for 2012 will be held on Saturday, September 29th at Lime Rock Park. The 2.75 hour race will begin at 3:00 PM ET with live coverage on SPEED TV and MRN Radio Network.