DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Action Express Racing, the defending champions of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and Brumos Racing announced their plans for next year’s twice-around-the-clock challenge as well as the new GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season.
The No. 9 Action Express Porsche V8 Riley team will be expanding its effort for 2011 to include a second Action Express entry. The former Brumos Racing No. 59 Daytona Prototype Riley Chassis will be converted to the Porsche-based V8 power plant and will compete next season in Action Express colors. The new entry will run alongside the 2010 Rolex 24 winning No. 9 Porsche V8 Riley for the full season of competition in 2011.
Former Brumos DP drivers David Donohue and Darren Law will continue to share driving duties as full-time partners in the new Action Express No. 5 Porsche V8 Riley. Joao Barbosa and Terry Borcheller will also return to pilot the No. 9 Action Express entry as they seek to once again start the season with a Rolex 24 win.
Team principal Bob Johnson said that Action Express Racing will continue under the guidance of team manager Gary Nelson and the new director of race team operations Elton Sawyer. The team's race shop operations will remain based in Denver, N.C. along with the experienced 2010 crew members.
Meanwhile, Brumos Racing will campaign a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The change will bring Brumos back to its former Jacksonville, Florida race shop, returning the program to the historic roots from which it first began.
Brumos welcomes an impressive driver lineup for the 2011 season. Leh Keen and Andrew Davis will team up as drivers for the famous No. 59 Brumos Porsche. Keen, 2009 Rolex Series GT champion, competed most recently in a Dempsey Racing Mazda RX8. Davis comes to Brumos from the successful Stevenson Camaro program.
Brumos veteran and Vice-President Hurley Haywood, a five-time Rolex 24 champion, is familiar with both drivers.
“I have worked for many years with Andrew Davis in his role as a Lead Instructor for the Porsche Sport Driving School," Haywood said. "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 I really look forward to working with both these talented young drivers and to seeing them win races in the Brumos Porsche No. 59.”
Brumos has been a fixture in sports car racing since Hubert Brundage began racing in 1953. When Peter Gregg purchased Brumos in 1965, he teamed with Hurley Haywood to launch the company on the course that took both drivers and the dealership to the top in sports car competition. That racing legacy has endured through the years, culminating in the memorable Brumos win in the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
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