The Porsche 911 is having a busy year so far with the addition of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and the Porsche 911 Speedster, but 2011 is already looking up for the iconic sports coupe as it will once again don a red, white and blue paint scheme and the no. 59 for Brumos Racing in the GT class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. With Brumos stepping away from the Daytona Prototype series, the race team will once again field a 911 and it will be moving its race headquarters back to Jacksonville, Fla. Brumos Racing made this announcement last night in front of 60 local Jacksonville members of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) at the shop where the team will once again call home.
Aside from the new car, which will not be available until December, Brumos will also have new drivers for 2011 as David Donohue and Darren Law remain with the Daytona Prototype car (which is now a part of the Action Express team). The new Brumos Racing 911 GT3 Cup car will make its race debut on January 29, 2011 at the Rolex 24 in Daytona, Fla. with Leh Keen and Andrew Davis sharing driving duties. The addition of the new 911 racecar, along with the return of the team's headquarters to Florida, are all a part of Brumos' plan to return to its roots for 2011 as laid out by Brumos Racing Team Principal Dan Davis.
'Campaigning a Porsche 911 next season in the Rolex Series GT class marks a return to our roots and to an important concept - racing what we sell,' Davis said. 'We are pleased to be able to return our program to our race shop in Jacksonville and we anticipate an exciting and successful year.'
Hurley Haywood, legendary Brumos driver as well as dealership vice president, was on hand to welcome the new drivers and the new program. Heywood, Keen and Andrew Davis all signed autographs on t-shirts depicting the last Brumos 911 to race with the slogan 'Back to our roots' printed on it.
'I have worked for many years with Andrew Davis in his role as a Lead Instructor for the Porsche Sport Driving School. I have watched him win races many times for the GM group. Leh Keen has been successful with the Mazda program as well as a winning a championship with Porsche,' Haywood said. 'I really look forward to working with both these talented young drivers and seeing them win races in the Brumos Porsche #59.'
Haywood also hinted at the possibility that he would grab some seat time in the new racecar saying, 'the 911 with the 59 wouldn't look right without 'Haywood' on it.'
From a dealership standpoint, Brumos Porsche General Manager Ray Shaffer said that the dealership will continue to offer its customers unique such as using the showroom as a clubhouse and hosting race-watching parties as well as offering free, one-year PCA memberships with the purchase of a new Porsche from Brumos.
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