Brumos Racing made history last January when it became the first team to announce plans to contest a Daytona Prototype in the 2003 Rolex Sports Car Series season. The renowned race team took the next step when drivers Hurley Haywood, David Donohue, J.C. France and Wayne Jackson traveled to Indianapolis for their first fitting in the new Daytona Prototype being constructed by FABCAR Engineering.
Five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Haywood felt right at home behind the wheel of his new Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype. "Even though this is still a cage with no bodywork, it feels like a Porsche. I've driven Porsches for 25 years. When I get into this car, the steering wheel is in the right place, the dials are in the right place and the seat fits. So, I'm very comfortable. It feels just like a Porsche."
Haywood will co-drive the FABCAR-designed Brumos Racing #59 Porsche-engined car next season with J.C. France, an up-and-coming racer currently polishing his skills in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. Wayne Jackson will pilot the similar Brumos Racing #58 entry with co-driver David Donohue, son of Hall of Fame road racer Mark Donohue.
Brumos Racing, based in Jacksonville, Fla., has a rich history of Porsche racing that includes 11 IMSA titles and three Trans-Am championships. They have also appeared in Daytona's Victory Lane six times as the owner or sponsor of the Rolex 24 At Daytona overall winner.
All of the Brumos drivers were pleased with their first look at the new Daytona Prototype and are eager get it on the track. "I'm ready to race. Where's the start button?" France joked after sliding behind the wheel for the first time.
Both Haywood and Donohue commented that they were not only looking forward to racing the new race car, but also competing in the new Daytona Prototype class. "I like the uniqueness of the formula. It allows a much larger spectrum of drivers to compete for the overall win, which in sports car racing has not been available to most people because there are so many classes of cars," Donohue noted. "I think this will open the door for more people to compete for the overall win, which is much more rewarding and what teams and drivers want."
"I think all these cars are going to be very equal in performance. It's going to have a lot of different manufacturers involved, and it's going to put the importance back into the lap of the teams and drivers. The teams are going to be the ones to dictate who is going to win the race," Haywood added.
The new Daytona Prototypes will get their first official test in November during the Grand American Finale event weekend at Daytona International Speedway.