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Driving A Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car From Leh Keen’s View Point – Video

By   March 1, 2013

Ever wonder what it is like to drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car? How about all of the preparation that goes on before the race? Between making sure everything is ready for the car and breaking it in before the race a lot happens before a race ever takes place.

The above video features Leh Keen driving the famed Brumos Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car as Leh breaks it in at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal Canada. The entire video is taken from the view of Leh as he goes through the steps of getting into the car and then taking the car around the circuit. The video is very interesting and well done, the only complaint I have is that it features a music track that drowns out much of the song of that wonderful flat six. None the less a great video featuring a very good driver.

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CJ Wilson Racing Confirms Driver Lineup

By   January 24, 2013

CJ Wilson Racing today confirmed its full driver lineup for the opening round of the 2013 Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The team’s two car assault on the ST Class title will use the team’s now familiar Mazda MX-5s. The #3 Head & Shoulders car will be driven by CJ Wilson Racing regular, Jason Saini, and NASCAR veteran, Chad McCumbee. The #5 ModSpace Motorsports car will be driven by Grand Am stalwart, Marc Miller and the exciting Scottish rookie, Stevan McAleer.

McAleer graduates from the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup where he took the title in 2012 for CJWR. The 28 year old Scot has already experienced the increase in power of the ST class MX-5 around the 3.8 mile Daytona International Speedway road course during the “Roar before the 24″ pre-season test and he is very keen to race there this week. “I was blown away by my initial laps at the Speedway and I’m so excited to be heading back there again this week”.

Marc Miller is a veteran of the event and the series and he is excited about the potential of the pairing in the #5 car. “Stevan is a remarkable talent. I worked closely with him last year as his driver coach in the MX-5 Cup. It was fantastic watching him mature as a driver and I’m confident that we can challenge for the ST title this season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.”

While the lineup of the #3 team remains the same, the car itself will have new look for 2013. Saini and McCumbee raced together in all ten rounds of the Continental Tire Series in 2012 and return to compete in 2013 in the colors of new primary sponsor, Head & Shoulders. “It’s awesome to be back racing with Chad again in 2013″, Saini enthused. He went on to add that “it’s also terrific to be competing this year with the support of such a market leading brand as Head & Shoulders”. McCumbee knows he has more to learn and is relishing the opportunity to do so, “I can’t express how excited I am to be with CJWR again in 2013. Last season was a steep learning curve and even though I am still very much a novice at this type of racing, I’m very optimistic about the upcoming season. Having ModSpace backing, once again this year, has also given me a huge boost in confidence.”

Team owner, CJ Wilson, is also happy to see the team in the #3 car come together again this season. “I’m delighted to see Jason teamed up again with Chad for 2013. Chad’s road racing skills have developed at a tremendous rate over the last 12 months and we are very keen to see what he can do in the car this season. Jason will be a tremendous benchmark for Chad and I expect this team to be super competitive all season.”

All four drivers CJ Wilson Racing drivers will test themselves against the very best of the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge this week as the season kicks off with the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Friday.

Source: 9 Sixty Two Media

Brumos Balancing the Traditional with the New for 2013 Rolex 24

By   January 24, 2013

Brumos Racing is all about history and tradition, and through the years, the team has built its reputation by staying true to the principles that first brought them success. While Brumos remains dedicated to those traditions, their longevity in motorsports would not be possible without adapting and evolving. The Brumos of today may still look similar to their predecessors, but their current day success can be attributed to the state-of-the-art as well as the traditional.

In keeping with the traditional, Brumos will run the 51st Rolex 24 in their iconic white, red and blue #59 Porsche 911 GT3. And although Brumos’ own Hurley Haywood will see this Rolex 24 from outside the race car for the first time in over 40 years, he will be very much in demand, dividing his time between duties as Grand Marshal and advisor to the Brumos drivers. The trio of drivers that put the #59 on the podium last year at Daytona – Andrew Davis, Leh Keen and Marc Lieb – will return, joined by Bryan Sellers, one of the top Porsche drivers in ALMS competition.

Andrew Davis anticipates differences this year, saying, “Driving the famous #59 Porsche without Hurley will just seem strange. Luckily, as Grand Marshal, he will be there waving the green flag for us. He can probably be even more supportive of us this year without his own driving duties. We had some really good testing in the off season. At the Roar, unfortunately, we had a motor failure that ended our session, but we were happy with our progress. I am proud of our team, our effort, and my co-drivers, and know we will have the Brumos #59 right up front again for the race. We hope to repeat what we were able to do last year and end the race spraying champagne, but this time we want to be a couple of spots higher on that podium.”

For Leh Keen, the Roar Test offered a chance to check out the competition and fine tune things. “The Brumos guys did a great job the last few months getting ready for the race,” he said. “We are so prepared, that even when we get something like a motor failure thrown at us, we can overcome it. This will be a really exciting race – Hurley is going to be up there waving us on and there will be a lot of Brumos Booster Brigade spirit in the infield and stands. A Rolex 24 victory is one major career goal that has been elusive. Last year we ran a strong race and finished on the podium, so I know it is obtainable. I would love to win the Rolex 24 more than anything. Doing it for Brumos, alongside Andrew, Marc and Bryan – it couldn’t get any better than that.”

Porsche Factory driver Marc Lieb is always a welcome addition to the Brumos team, and the assignment is one he also enjoys. “I am very happy to be back with Brumos,” he said. “We had really strong runs together the last two years and I look forward to working with the team and drivers again. The competition this year is going to be crazy, but when you come to Daytona and get to be in a Brumos car, it is always a fantastic feeling because you know it is one of the best prepared cars on the grid. Although we lost Hurley as a driver, we have an extraordinary driver lineup with Andrew, Leh and Bryan.”

As the newcomer to the group, Bryan Sellers feels both excitement and pressure, saying, “People tell me I am stepping in to fill the void that Hurley is leaving, but nobody in motorsports can replace Hurley. I just happen to be the newest pair of shoes sitting in the car. I’m honored to be able to step in, but it’s not a replacement role, because no one has ever been able to do what Hurley has done. I feel we are in a really good spot to be able to race for the win this year. That is our goal, to have a race car that is good over the duration of the 24 hours. So for me, to be part of the Brumos effort along with Andrew, Leh and Marc, is really special and I hope to be able to help mark a new chapter in Brumos history.”

The 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona will be held on Saturday, January 26th , beginning at 3:30 PM ET and will run through 3:30 PM Sunday, January 27th. SPEED TV and MRN Racing Network will combine for complete coverage. SPEED TV will cover the event live from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, resuming on Sunday at 9:00 AM through the end of the race. Live streaming of the race will be featured at www.MotorRacingNetwork.com and www.grand-am.com.

Source: Brumos Racing

Porsche Works Drivers Ready for Daytona

By   January 23, 2013

Brumos Porsche Daytona

Eight Porsche works driver contest sports car classic in Florida
Competing with a strong contingent, title defender Porsche tackles the 51st running of the Daytona 24 hour race on 26 January. In the particularly competitive GT class, eight Porsche factory pilots and two Porsche juniors contest the race with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, amongst them last year’s winner Richard Lietz (Austria). With 22 overall and 73 class victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of this sports car classic, which lures the best pilots from many different worldwide racing series to Florida each year.

The race
Alongside the Le Mans 24 Hours, Daytona is the second great long distance classic. Taking their places on the winner’s list are legendary Porsche pilots like Hans Herrmann, Rolf Stommelen, Hurley Haywood and Bob Wollek as well as Formula 1 World Champions Phil Hill and Mario Andretti. The Daytona International Speedway is regarded as one of the most famous race tracks in the world. The 24 hour race is run on the 5.729 kilometre course configuration utilising the oval with its steeply banked corners and the infield.

The Porsche drivers
Driving the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, eight Porsche factory pilots compete for various teams in the best supported GT class: Title defender Richard Lietz (Magnus Racing), Joerg Bergmeister (Germany/TRG), Romain Dumas (France/TRG), Marc Lieb (Germany/Brumos Racing), Marco Holzer (Germany/Alex Job Racing), Patrick Pilet (France/MOMO/NGT Motorsport), Patrick Long (USA/Park Place Motorsports) as well as Britain’s Nick Tandy (Konrad Motorsport/Orbit), who contests his first race as a Porsche works driver. For the two Porsche juniors Michael Christensen (Denmark/Konrad Motorsport/Orbit) and Klaus Bachler (Austria/Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports) this marks their first ever 24 hour race of their careers. In the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, the pair gave convincing performances and this year will contest the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Porsche successes
The first of until now 22 overall victories claimed by Porsche went to Vic Elford, Jochen Neerpasch, Rolf Stommelen, Jo Siffert and Hans Herrmann in 1968 with the Porsche 907. The most recent overall win in 2010 went to Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Rockenfeller with the Porsche-Riley. In previous years Porsche scored two wins in the hotly-contested GT class – in 2011 with Wolf Henzler and 2012 with Richard Lietz. All in all, Porsche has notched up 73 class victories at Daytona.

The schedule
The 24 hour race in Daytona starts on Saturday, 26 January, at 3:30PM local time (21.30 hours CET).

Quotes before the race
Hartmut Kristen, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “The season takes off in Daytona with the toughest demands on man and machine. With 18 vehicles, Porsche is again strongly represented in the GT class. I’m especially interested to see how our two juniors perform at their Daytona debut. This is a unique opportunity for young drivers to pit themselves against opposition from all series and all corners of the world.”

Joerg Bergmeister: “Daytona is a tough fight from the start to the finish and it’s a great way to start the new season after the long winter break. The last time I won here was in 2009 – so I think it must be my turn again.”

Marc Lieb: “The Daytona 24 hour race is always a cool event. It is something very special to be able to compete at the wheel of the number 59 car for such a well established and successful team like Brumos Racing.”

Marco Holzer: “It’s a fabulous challenge to kick off the season with a classic like Daytona. I’m looking forward to competing with the Alex Job Racing squad and my strong teammates. We think our chances look good.”

Richard Lietz: “To race in Daytona as the title defender is a dream. We have another good car this year and we think we have a realistic chance to finish at the front again.”

Patrick Long: “With the 36 entries alone in the GT class it’s a huge challenge every year – for the drivers as much as for the teams.”

Patrick Pilet: “This race is legendary. With all the best pilots from various race series competing, the fight for victory is often open right to the last lap. But that’s what makes Daytona so exciting.”

Nick Tandy: “Daytona is my first race as a Porsche works driver. I’m going to enjoy every kilometre.”

Romain Dumas: “Daytona is not just a very tough race, especially in our GT class, but I also like how we measure ourselves against the pilots from other race series. That is always a very interesting comparison.”

Klaus Bachler: “This is all new for me. My first time in Daytona was when we went testing – actually it was my first time ever in the USA. Now I’m looking forward to my first 24 hour race. It’ll certainly be a fantastic experience.”

Michael Christensen: “I can hardly wait. To be given the chance to contest my first 24 hour race in Daytona is simply awesome. Even testing on this legendary race track was an unbelievable experience.”

Source: Porsche