The Brumos Racing team ran their last race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. in April 2013, and the dealership that featured its name was sold late in 2015 to the Field Automotive Group. As of last Thursday, the operation officially ceased to exist.
It was an era that dated back to 1953 when auto sport enthusiast and gentleman driver Hubert Brundage relocated to Jacksonville, Fla. to open the only Volkswagen dealership in a three-state radius.
In 1955, Brundage raced the first Porsche to compete outside of Europe and was soon rewarded with the only Southeast distributorship for the manufacturer. The Brumos team’s first race under that banner was the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring, where the Porsche finished second. Four year later, Brundage’s life ended in a highway accident, but the legend lived on.
A friend and fellow racer, Peter Gregg, purchased the company the following year and retained the Brumos name for the dealership and the team. Not long after, he befriended Hurley Haywood and the two set about making racing history.
With Haywood behind the wheel, they won five 24 Hour of Daytona events, three 24 Hour of Le Mans races, and two 12 Hours of Sebring—the race that barely eluded Brundage in 1960.
Gregg died in 1980. The dealership passed briefly to his widow and was then was purchased by Dan Davis, with Bob Snodgrass as the General Manager. Haywood remained involved and assumed an executive role in the dealership once his racing days were over.
Haywood won his fifth and final Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1991. Snodgrass became instrumental in developing the Grand-Am Rolex series in 2003 and supported the new series with a pair of Brumos Porsche Fabcars. In one fashion or another, Brumos has been an integral part of sports car racing since the 1950s.
“March 31st marked the last day of operation for Brumos, closing a chapter that has lasted for over 50 years,” Haywood said in a press release from Porsche Cars North America.
“As a brand, Brumos is iconic and has become known all around the world. Our fame originally came from racing. The success Peter and I had in the 1970’s and ‘80’s racing Porsches put us on the map, but all of the automotive brands we’ve sold have benefited from that success.”
“It’s really bittersweet for me—Brumos has been my home for 50 years—I’ve lived and breathed Brumos,” Haywood continued.
The dealership Brundage created lives on as Porsche Jacksonville and Haywood remains a Vice President of the organization. “The biggest change is that we will lose the Brumos name. That name is something I feel is pretty damn special, so that is the hardest part for me.”
After his Anaheim 2 crash, Eli Tomac was surprised he was not injured, but despite getting knocked down momentarily, he picked himself up, rode to last week’s win and reascended to the top of the SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. This is the third time in three weeks Tomac has topped the rankings.
Last week, Tomac finished second in his heat before winning the Main – and that translated to near-perfect points in the Power Rankings, which award 100 for a win in the feature and 90 for a heat victory. Tomac’s average was marred by the Houston accident when he finished 13th in that heat before settling just outside the top five in overall standings. Racing is about bouncing back and last year’s Supercross and Motocross champion Tomac did just that as he chases a third consecutive title.
Jason Anderson earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third at Houston. He momentarily rolled past Aaron Plessinger into second during a restart following an accident involving Dylan Ferrandis and held that position for four trips around the track until he was tracked down by Chase Sexton. Afterward Anderson faded and finished 12 seconds off the pace, but along with a heat win, he easily leapfrogged Ken Roczen and Cooper Webb, who struggled in the fourth race of the season.
Webb held his position by passing Roczen in NBC’s SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Houston. Webb has been solid in 2023 with a worst moto result of seventh in the first Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2, but in order to be considered a solid challenger to Tomac he needs to win either a heat or main this week in Tampa.
Roczen was involved in the incident that sidelined Ferrandis in Houston. Racing for eighth at the time, his bike may have sustained some damage when Ferrandis landed on his back tire, but he was not overly impressive in his heat either with a fifth-place finish. That was enough to drop him three positions in the standings, but he still has Tomac in sight.
After his disappointing heat in San Diego when he crashed and sustained enough damage to place him last, Sexton has roared back. He won the overall in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown format and narrowed the points’ gap slightly on Tomac. Last week he yarded the field in his heat race and won by a wide margin. A modest start in the Main kept him from getting to Tomac’s back wheel early in the Houston round, and he lost a little ground in the championship.
The 250 East division debuted in Houston and with only one race – and therefore no chance yet to stumble – three of their riders jumped to the top of the chart.
Hunter Lawrence had a perfect week with wins in both his main and heat. It wasn’t without drama, however, as he was forced to jump wide early in the feature to avoid contact with Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut. Without a former 250 champion in the field, it is guaranteed someone new will grace the top of the box at Salt Lake City after the season-ender and it looks like it’s going to be Lawrence’s to lose.
It was more than four years ago that Jordon Smith scored his last Supercross podium in Detroit. Despite finishing second that afternoon, he was battling a wrist injury that eventually sidelined him. More injuries have followed, but Smith was a favorite to win the title in 2019 and he’s shown how well he can ride when he’s healthy.
Debuting third in the Houston SuperMotocross Power Rankings, Max Anstie moved from the 450 class last year to 250s in 2023 and the change has gone better than he anticipated. Finishing second in both his heat and main, Anstie was edged by Smith because he finished second behind that rider in their heat. That is Anstie’s first top-10 since finishing sixth at Southwick, Massachusetts last year on his 450. In that race, he scored fifth-place results in both motos.
Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his graduation into the 250 class was well deserved and he landed fourth in his division and fifth overall in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings. In his first professional Supercross race, he finished fourth in his heat. In a field with twice the talent, he finished fourth again in the main. At Houston, he balanced aggression with patience. Now that he has a taste of that success, everyone will be watching him closely at Tampa to see if he can continue tiptoeing on the line.
Michael Mosiman, Jeremy Martin, and Vialle are tied for fifth in the 250 East division and seventh overall.
Vialle is the most notable of these three because he challenged for a podium position during the Main before making a mistake and falling in a turn. Significantly, this was not only his 250 debut, but his first time in Supercross. As with Deegan, he has generated a lot of attention for the coming weeks.
Hunter Lawrence – E
[1 Main; 1 Heat Win]
Jordon Smith – E
[1 Heat Win]
Max Anstie – E
Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat Wins]
Haiden Deegan – E
Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
Mitchell Oldenburg – W
Michael Mosiman – E
Jeremy Martin – E
Tom Vialle – E
Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat Win]
Chance Hymas – E
Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main Win]
RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat Wins]
Max Vohland – W
Cullin Park – E
Chris Blose – E
Derek Kelley – W
Enzo Lopes – W
Pierce Brown – W
* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.