Donohue To Miss Daytona Tests

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - In an unfortunate case of déjà vu, David Donohue will sit out both the October and November pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

After missing last year's testing while recuperating from shoulder surgery, the Pennsylvanian learned in a follow-up evaluation that he reinjured the shoulder and would have to go through the surgery again.

Of course, he waited until the end of the season to schedule the operation.

With Donohue on the sidelines, Brumos Racing will bring both of its Porsche Rileys for the sessions. The opening three-day session - using 2008-spec Pirelli tires -- begins Monday (Oct. 27) at Daytona, with testing 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday. Teams will get to test the 2009 Pirellis at Daytona Nov. 11-12.

With next week's test using this past season's tires, why would a veteran team want to test with both of its cars?

"We have a laundry list of items we want to accomplish," Donohue said. "There are always things to test. That way, we can learn more about our kit, and work on finding any ‘unfair advantage' that we can dig up."

Darren Law will test the Brumos' No. 58, with JC France and Hurley Haywood testing the No. 59. Joao Barbosa is listed to drive both cars in next week's session.

Law and Donohue finished second three times in 2008, with Law running out of fuel in the final yards coming to the checkered flag while leading at Montreal. He went on to finish third, a result he repeated at the following race at Watkins Glen International. After a slow start to 2008, the No. 58 finished the season with 10 consecutive top-10 finishes. Donohue tied for the series lead with three poles, with the No. 58 finishing fourth in the team standings - six points behind Brumos' No. 59. France and Barbosa recorded six top-five finishes down the stretch, placing a season-best fourth on five occasions.

"We'll need to be inside the top five to remain in the hunt next season," Donohue said. "We'll need to be consistently in the top three to contend for the championship."

Both sessions will be open to the public, with fans able to view testing from the Sprint FANZONE with a $10 Daytona 500 Experience tour-only ticket. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona will be admitted free.

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