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Daytona Ready To Race! Brumos And SoD Turn First Laps On New Surface

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On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 3:54PM | By: John Welch

Daytona Ready To Race! Brumos And SoD Turn First Laps On New Surface

Three hours after the conclusion of the NASCAR race last July, Daytona International Speedway went under the knife. The asphalt was cracking, the water drainage insufficient, so The Frances set about repaving and modernizing the track during its elongated off-season. According to veteran of everything on wheels Hurley Haywood, they dun good. Real good.

Having scaled back their operations in the last few months, Brumos Porsche is returning to the GT ranks this year with a familiar red white and blue Porsche GT3. Having lent their typical Daytona Prototype drivers to the ActionExpress team, Brumos leader Hurley Haywood is coming out of retirement to pilot the new Brumos GT3 with Andrew Davis. On the 17th the pair opened up their gleaming Porsche on the high banks of Daytona, along with the Chevrolet/Coyote DP of Spirit of Daytona racing. Hurley is pleased, and the rest of the Grand-Am field is now anxiously awaiting their respective turns on the famed 3.57 mile course.

"The transition from the infield up onto the banking was really nice, with no big transition between the two pavements. I think the repaved speedway will be a huge benefit," said Haywood, a five-time overall winner of the Rolex 24. "The banking was very smooth, with no bumps, and it's got tons of grip, so you can run anywhere you want up there no matter what kind of car you are in."

"I've grown up watching Hurley and the Brumos Porsche driving around Daytona, and to be a member of this iconic squad is wonderful," said Davis, a seven-time winner in GT competition. "The paving is very different on the banking—and much better. Over the years, you learned where all the bumps are. Now, it's glass-smooth all the way around the banking, both high and low."

After only having one factory-backed team in the Grand-Am ranked last season, GM has stepped up its support of the series, as evidenced by Spirit of Daytona's new 5.0 liter power plant. Paul Edwards, driver of the No.90 SoD Chevy/Coyote, was on hand to offer a few quotes. "Daytona felt smoother than the last time I was here in a GT car, even though the Daytona Prototype is a lot harsher since the DPs run a lot lower and are stiffer," Edwards said. "I don't think I hit the deck once today. It's going to be pretty exciting racing a DP here in the Rolex 24."

Practice and qualifying for the Rolex 24 At Daytona begins on Thursday, Jan. 27. The race takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. Portions of the race will be televised live on SPEED and broadcast on the Motor Racing Network.

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