Porsche Motorsport went back through the pages of American motorsports history for this weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona livery.
The paint scheme for the two Porsche GT Team 911 RSRs will feature the Brumos Racing red and white stripes first made famous by the Jacksonville, Florida team at the 1973 24 Hours of Daytona, when Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood gave Brumos its first of many victories. This weekend, Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki will drive the No. 911 in the GT Le Mans class, with Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor and Mathieu Jaminet in the No. 912.
“This is such an iconic brand — a paint scheme known all over the world — so to see the Porsche factory team cars painted in the Brumos colors is a real tribute,” said Haywood, a five-time winner of the Rolex 24. “I was standing next to Nick Tandy when the cars were unveiled this morning, and he said, ‘Wow. It’s a real honor to drive this.’ I love the way the graphics came out. From a distance, it looks like two solid stripes. But when you get close up, you can see the No. 59 incorporated into the scheme.”
Pilet’s taken the extra step of having his person helmet painted in the Brumos colors.
“When I was a kid, I knew of the Brumos cars — especially at Daytona,” Pilet said. “The scheme has really stayed over the years. It really looks good on this car. Now, we need to keep the legendary and historic livery going this weekend for Porsche at Daytona.”
Joining Haywood in representing Brumos were team owner Dano Davis and Jack Atkinson — Peter Gregg’s first crew chief.
“Porsche has known about this for a long time, but I only found out about it three and a half weeks ago,” Davis said. “This is a tremendous tribute to all the folks who have made Brumos champions.”
Brumos last won the Rolex 24 in 2009. The team’s last professional appearance was in the Grand-Am Rolex Series race at Road Atlanta in 2013.