Joao Barbosa and Hurley Haywood won Saturday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, giving the Brumos team victory in the first and last races of the 2009 season.
Fourth place, meanwhile, was enough to hand Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney a second Daytona Prototype championship with the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team.
Barbosa passed title contender Scott Pruett on the back straight with 28 minutes remaining in the two-and-half hour race to score his first Daytona Prototype triumph, while veteran Haywood - a late addition to the Brumos line-up - recorded his first since winning a pair of races at Homestead and Phoenix in 2003.
"This is a testament to the Brumos legacy," the 61-year old insisted, "To put an old guy in the car with hardly any practice time, and to have Joao bring the car home in the dramatic fashion he did, well, that is Brumos. I don't think anybody thought we could win today - it's just overwhelming."
The second Daytona Prototype title for Fogarty and Gurney came after they did enough to finish six points ahead of Pruett and TELMEX Ganassi co-driver Memo Rojas, who finished second in the #01 Lexus Riley. Brian Frisselle and Max Angelelli entered the race second in the standings, but finished seventh in the #10 SunTrust Ford Dallara and slipped to third in the standings.
The race ended under caution following a multi-car spin at a restart with six minutes remaining, when Jared Beyer was turned around in front of a pack of cars - eliminating the victim and damaging many of the GT contenders. That gave the Acxiom GT victory to Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards in the #07 Team Drinkin' Mate Pontiac GXP.R, while Leh Keen and Dirk Werner captured the championship with a third-place finish.
Fogarty won his fifth consecutive pole, and six in seven races, in Friday's qualifying, and led twice for 45 of the 100 laps, while Gurney took over and ran in position to hold the upper hand in the title battle throughout his run.
"We fought harder this year," said Gurney, who shared seven race wins with Fogarty in their 2007 championship run, "This one was a little more rewarding."
Both Rojas and Pruett each took turns in the lead, but Barbosa went by and led the final 17 circuits.
"I did not think, in the beginning, that we had a car to win," Barbosa admitted, "The crew made the car better on every pit-stop and, suddenly, I am in a position to pass for the lead. When I went by Scott, I was so happy I could cry. To be competitive, to be in position to win a race is a great feeling. And to win it is the happiest a driver can be."
Pruett, who shared the 2004 and 2008 Daytona Prototype titles, finished second in the points for the fourth time.
Tagged as: Gainsco , Jon Fogarty , Porsche , Grand-AM , Alex Gurney , Leh Keen , Dirk Werner , homestead , Brumos , Joao Barbosa , Hurley Haywood
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