Third podium of the year for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing
Bowmanville, Ont. (11 July 2015) – Heading north of the border for Round 5 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship, it was another big outing for Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing on Saturday as the team mixed lightning quick pit work, great race strategy, and some strong driving to earn a second place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday.
The result is the third podium of the year for Rum Bum Racing drivers Matt Plumb and Hugh Plumb and saw the team pick up a healthy haul of points to remain second in the championship standings with five more races yet to run.
Hugh Plumb started the race from third on the grid in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche, making a quick pit stop 25 minutes into the race during a full course caution as the Joe Varde-led squad helped him move up the order while also taking on a fresh set of Continental Tires. He used those to excellent effect with some big moves on the outside of the high speed corners to move up to third ahead of his second pit stop to turn the car over to Matt Plumb.
“The first stint was just like qualifying laps one after the next in order to stay with the twoMustangs in front of us,” said Hugh Plumb. “I just wanted to keep them in sight and give Matt (Plumb) a nice clean car. We had some traffic when we went through the ST field, so it was tricky and you had to really pick your spots. But it was another textbook performance from the Rum Bum Racing guys, it is awesome to have that kind of team behind you.”
The well-oiled Rum Bum Racing crew completed a quick service as Matt Plumb took to the wheel and strapped in for the second half of the race, returning to the track fourth in line. After moving to the lead, Plumb had to fend off the charges of the all-new Multimatic Ford Mustang. Using every inch of the 2.459-mile circuit, Plumb held the point for several laps before eventually being overtaken for the lead with just over 30 minutes to go.
“Our car was great and the balance was good all week long,” said Matt Plumb from the podium celebrations. “We worked up to the perfect car, so a huge thanks to the team. We were the little Porsche that could and we were fine when we had clear track but when we would get behind some of these cars that have some muscle off the corners, we didn’t have the pace that they did in some places.”
Plumb was pleased to make another podium appearance, and the team is already thinking about getting back on top at Lime Rock Park.
“It’s nice to gain a few points on the (championship leading) Camaro,” said Plumb. “They looked like they had a plan and executed it as well. We couldn’t be happier with today’s result and now we look forward to Lime Rock, a place where we’ve done well before. Congratulations to the Multimatic guys on their win, they’ve done their homework with that Mustang and it shows. We are looking forward to the new competition and can’t wait for Lime Rock.”
Rum Bum Racing next travels to Matt Plumb’s home track of Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for Round 6 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship in two weeks.
The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event will be televised on Sunday, July 19 at 12:00 PM ET.