NASCAR: David Gilliland, Love’s Travel Stops officially back at Front Row

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As expected, David Gilliland is set for a sixth Sprint Cup season with Front Row Motorsports. Even better for him and the team, one of their key sponsors will have a bigger effort with them in 2015 as well.

Love’s Travel Stops has expanded their program with Front Row and Gilliland’s No. 38 Ford Fusion to an 18-race schedule that includes the Daytona 500, both events at Texas Motor Speedway (“home track” for the Oklahoma City-based company), and the summer road races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

The official confirmation of Gilliand and Love’s return comes on the heels of news that long-time Cup crew chief Donnie Wingo will be atop the No. 38’s pit box in 2015.

“I am beyond excited about Love’s commitment to our program and to growing it each year,” Gilliland said in a release. “What I’m most proud of is the simple fact that it’s working.

“Our program does exactly what a NASCAR partnership is supposed to do. It’s been hugely successful, for us and for them. I can’t wait to see what we can do as a team this year.”

He hopes it’ll be better than what they did in 2014. Gilliland earned the pole for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, but only had a top finish of 17th in the second Pocono race and led just 14 laps all year en route to finishing 30th in the Sprint Cup points standings.

Steve McQueen’s famous Porsche 917K displayed in new museum

Photo courtesy of the Brumos Collection
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One of the most famous race cars in film history will be featured in a new automotive museum in Florida.

The legendary Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film ‘Le Mans’, which was last seen in 2017 when it sold for $14 million in an auction, will be one of the prominent pieces in the Brumos Collection, a new automotive museum in Jacksonville.

Widely considered the most famous Porsche 917 ever built, the historic race car initially was used for Le Mans testing before being featured in the McQueen film. The car was housed in a barn for more than two decades before re-emerging fully restored in 2001.

The car was unveiled as the newest member of the Brumos Collection during a special event signifying the museum’s grand opening on Monday.

With more than three dozen vehicles, the Brumos Collection provides museum guests an up-front look at racing and automotive history.

Notable race cars in the collection include:

  • 1968 Porsche 908: In the second track appearance ever for Porsche’s then-new 908, drivers Jo Siffert and Vic Elford tackled the notorious Nürburgring’s 1000 km in this yet-unproven model. Starting in the 27th position, Siffert guided the 908 to second at the end of the first lap and into the overall lead after the second lap, setting a lap record. This historic 908 persevered through a grueling 44 laps around Nürburgring’s 14-mile course, skillfully navigating a 1000-foot elevation change and 160 turns through the forest.
  • 1979 Porsche 935: This #59 Brumos Porsche 935 is shown exactly as it raced when it won the 1979 IMSA Championship with Peter Gregg behind the wheel. It is authentic in every detail, down to his distinctive tartan seat upholstery. Arguably the finest season of his career, Gregg won eight races and eight consecutive pole positions in 1979. The car won 53 percent of the races it entered, carrying Gregg to 20 percent of his total career IMSA victories.
  • 1972 Porsche 917-10: The first 917/10 was produced in 1971. This Can-Am Racer had a twin-turbocharged engine capable of 200+mph speeds at 1100 hp. Peter Gregg raced the car to a 9th place finish in the 1972 Can-Am Championship, followed by Hurley Haywood’s 3rd place finish in the 1973 Can-Am Series season. The Brumos Porsche 917-10 was the first race car to carry what has now become the iconic and recognizable white, red and blue livery with the famous Brumos Racing “sweeps.”
  • 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix: Miller was the first American race car bought solely to race in Europe. This 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix was driven by Bugatti racer Count Louis Zborowski, who raced it in England, Spain and France. Returned to the United State 89 years later, this is considered one of the most complete surviving Millers.

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