Brumbaugh’s passion is reason to drive

MARIETTA-The Mid-Ohio Valley has a crop of highly-competitive race car drivers.

A Marietta native, Kevin Brumbaugh says “his passion is driving.”

He is a Parkersburg High and West Virginia University graduate. Brumbaugh competes on the local and national level in a Formula F open-wheel car. He is entering his 35th year behind the wheel.

Brumbaugh began driving in the Formula F series in 1987 and has won several state and national titles as a driver and crew chief. He won three Formula F state titles in Arizona as a driver, also 10 state and two national championships as a crew chief.

Brumbaugh’s approach to racing is “competing in big races and against tough competition makes me a better driver.”

He proved his point by winning the Club Formula F class at the Sports Car Club of America’s annual Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series versus the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship held at Virginia International Raceway in May.

His next race will be on the 4th of July at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Brumbaugh’s primary goal this year is to win the Road Atlantic America Road Race held in November at Road Atlanta race course. Last year, he missed winning the title by 1.5 seconds.

Open-wheel racing is a secret sport to local race fans and Brumbaugh wants to awaken the thrill he has enjoyed since 1980.