Orlando, Fla. (7 July 2015) – Looking to make a mid-season surge, Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing travels to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) this weekend for Round 5 of the 10-race 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship.
Rum Bum Racing opened the year with a victory and the team has remained a championship contender throughout the first four races as the Canadian visit marks the half-way point of the season.
Rum Bum Racing drivers Hugh and Matt Plumb enter the CTMP round second in the championship standings – just 19 points out of the lead.
The Plumb brothers backed up the victory at Daytona with a run to the podium at Sebring. A fourth place finish at Laguna Seca saw the team remain second in the standings.
In the previous IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge outing at Watkins Glen, the Florida-based squad looked primed for a sure podium finish, if not a win, before treacherous rain conditions caught the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche out. After having led 26 laps in the race, rain started to fall heavily around the circuit and while battling for second, the Rum Bum Porsche slid wide. Matt Plumb’s fast reactions and even faster hands were on full display when he saved the car on the wet grass and kept from hitting the wall.
Avoiding calamity and keeping the track position loss to just sixth place, Plumb didn’t get the chance to fight back to the front after a red flag was thrown for track conditions and then a subsequent full course caution period saw the checkered flag fly under the yellow.
The group looks to rebound from the Glen event and add another podium to the team’s tally (28 podiums earned since the team’s 2010 debut) at CTMP.
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a tough track for us last year but hopefully we can start the weekend on the right foot with a quick car,” said Matt Plumb, who also serves as Team Manager. “The car has been very good in the last few rounds and I think it’s getting better every time out. Even when we don’t have the quickest car, the pit work from the Rum Bum guys is always on point so I’m hoping we’ll be right up there at the end. It would be great to close the gap in the championship and build to a very big end of the season.”
The action kicks off at CTMP on Friday with practice and qualifying. The 2.5-hour race is set to go green at 1:25 PM ET on Saturday. The race can be watched LIVE on imsa.com or via the IMSA app.
The CTMP event will be televised on Sunday, July 19 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.