Brumbaugh records second place finish
MARIETTA – Formula F open-wheel driver Kevin Brumbaugh of Marietta, recently competed at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course over the July 4th holiday.
Brumbaugh qualified fourth in his class for Saturday’s preliminary event. The Formula F driver was able to start strong and lead three laps during the early part of the race, but was tangled up in an on-track incident. Brumbaugh said, “two cars from another class came together blocking the track.”
“I was able to miss the mayhem but then got hit by an airborn car who hit and flew over the competitor behind me. The car was spun out and stalled. The car suffered no major damage and was able to finish fourth.”
Competitors lined up for Sunday’s feature race based on fast laps during the prelim. Brumbaugh posted a lap that put him third on the grid and second in class.
He was competing with entries from all over the eastern United States and Canada. He recorded a second place finish in his class during the feature behind winner Jonathan Hirst from Canada.
“The car performed well over the weekend at the Mid-Ohio course. Due to changing weather and track conditions several adjustments were made to the car to obtain maximum performance,” Brumbaugh said.
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, and 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.
Brumbaugh’s next test will be at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex on Aug. 1-3. Brumbaugh said, “he has never competed on the race track and is searching for video to study the overall layout and proper line for maximum speed.”
He will be on familar ground in October at the facility in Summit Point, W.Va.. Brumbaugh has visited the winner’s circle Summit Point Motorsports Park.
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 said, “he wants to awaken the thrill he has enjoyed since 1980.”