Grand AM »

Brumos win at Daytona

David Donohue has emulated his father Mark in securing victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Some 40 years after his father's win, Donohue held off the challenge of Juan Pablo Montoya in the closing laps to secure victory for the Brumos Racing crew alongside Darren Law, Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia.

The final hours of the race saw the top four running together, with Montoya doing all he could to fend off the challenge of the Brumos cars behind – despite the Porsche-powered Rileys having the edge on straight-line speed.

The final pit-stops saw the #01 crew retain the lead but only after Montoya managed to slightly get the jump on the #58 car, with Donohue replacing Antonio Garcia at the wheel.

Aiming to emulate his father in winning the race, Donohue eventually made the pressure pay as he managed to get ahead coming over the start-finish line and set about pulling out a lead over the former F1 racer behind.

Traffic didn't allow Donohue to get the lead he wanted while right behind Montoya, Joao Barbosa in the #59 was ensuring that the Colombian couldn't focus too much on trying to get past the leader. Max Angelelli meanwhile wasn't far behind in the #10 SunTrust car and was ready to take advantage of any delays ahead.

In traffic, Montoya would close onto the rear of the Porsche only for Donohue to then eek out the smallest of leads once back on the banking – ensuring Montoya wasn't able to get the tow he needed to try and make a move for the lead.

Into the final ten minutes, Donohue led by less than half a second but a gaggle of GT cars were just ahead as the leaders headed onto the banking. The first two both managed to clear a pair of GT Porsches into the chicane but Barbosa failed to make it through and dropped back. Next up was the Spirit of Daytona car, but Scott Russell dropped low on the banking through the final turn and allowed the leaders through.

Five minutes remaining and the top two were able to clear two more GT cars but started lap 733 just four-tenths apart – with Barbosa and Angelelli out of the equation.

Montoya refused to be beaten and would close in on the infield, but Donohue moved away again on the banking heading into the final lap.

With radio calls suggesting all wasn't well with the Brumos car, Donohue cleared a GT Porsche into the chicane but Montoya failed and it allowed the #58 car to open up the advantage he needed to secure an emotional win for the team, with Ganassi's winning run coming to an end.

Barbosa took third from Angelelli with the top four all on the same lap, while Scott Dixon and Romain Dumas rounded out the top six for Ganassi and Penske.

The GT win went to the #67 TRG Porsche as RJ Valentine took the flag ahead of the #66 in the hands of Spencer Pumpelly.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
The #58 Brumos Porsche [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. Continental Tire Sports Car Festival. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
Action. VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America. Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley duo Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer celebrate their first Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory at Road America [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Robin Liddell, drivers of the # 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R., race to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Grand Touring (GT) class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Matt Bell, drivers of the # 9 Camaro GS.R, race to second place Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Rolex Series action [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
Alex Popow and Sebastian Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Ford Riley, celebrate in Victory Lane after wininng the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Alex Popow and Sebastien Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Soloson Ford Riley, celebrate after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
Action Express win the Rolex 24 [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Derek Johnston [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Borcheller/Barbosa - Action Express Racing Porsche Riley [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
Vic Elford, the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshal (Photo credit: Motorsports Images and Archives)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


daniel edone

January 26, 2009 3:01 AM

how can we compare this NASCAR race to the days of real factory teams with completly different cars frames engines bodies AND lots and lots of real spectators .?no one on speed even mentions What if you throw a race and no one shows up ? (spectators) it's been this for years , teams with ugly cars going in a controlled environment ! will the 24 hour even get a quarter of the Sebring spectator count or even the petit Le Mans? hey how about that 400000 at LeMans? I know the France DMG group could care less about factory teams look what they are doing to motorcycle road racing they are going to make a whole new Nascar fan base there also ! Coup'e



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.