Hurley Haywood says Porsche’s decision to outfit its pair of factory Porsche 911 RSRs in a Brumos Racing-inspired livery for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is a special honor and hopes it brings the team good fortune.
The five-time Rolex 24 overall winner, who is synonymous with the Brumos and Porsche brands, was on site for the livery unveiling Wednesday at Daytona.
Haywood said he’s excited to see the familiar red, white, and blue colors back on track in a professional race for the first time in over half a decade.
“It’s been since 2012 since we had a Brumos car on the track in pro racing, and now to have these factory cars here is going to be an emotional rollercoaster to see those cars on the banking,” Haywood told Sportscar365.
“I think the paint job is beautiful and it really stands out. It doesn’t make any difference what the weather is. It could be rainy, it could be sunny, that livery looks good in any condition.
“That paint scheme is a really iconic paint scheme that’s recognized all over the world, so it’s really a big treat and an honor for us to have these factory cars painted in these colors.
“Hopefully we will be able to give them a little bit of luck, not that the factory needs any luck, but luck is always good. The Brumos car, we’ve won a lot of races all over the world.”
Haywood said the drivers in the two cars are well aware of what it means to be carrying the Brumos colors.
“I think all of these guys are very astute in the history of what they are representing, and I think they understand how important the Brumos branding is, not only in the United States but the world,” he said.
“They’re excited. I was standing next to Nick [Tandy] and when they uncovered the cars it was the first time that he had actually seen the car in real life. He just said, ‘Wow, that’s cool!’
“We won this race in this livery in 1973. It’s important, I think, for drivers and for teams and manufacturers to understand what that history is.
“Through history, we can make the future better. We learn from history, we learn from the mistakes we make, and it just keeps getting better and better and better.
“This is the last year that this car will be run before we switch to a new concept for 2020, so it’s really an honor to have these cars liveried like they are.”