Five weeks have passed since B+ Racing drivers Al Carter and Hugh Plumb's 26th place finish at the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona. Carter and Plumb are heading to Texas with hope. They put this disappointing and unexpected result behind them and are now ready to move on to round 2 of the 2013 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.
Al Carter and Hugh Plumb discovered the 3.40-mile Circuit of The Americas last fall when they tested their No. 45 Eagle B+ Foundation BMW with Fall-Line Motorsports. They loved the track and are expecting to do well and get back in championship form this weekend. The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series is highly competitive and Carter and Plumb know that if they want to contend for the 2013 team and driver championships, they have to score top finishes during the next ten rounds but they are not afraid of the challenge.
The 2013 "B+ Fighting Childhood Cancer Tour" will make a stop in Austin next Wednesday afternoon. Al Carter and Hugh Plumb with The B+ Foundation will visit the Children's Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin. At Dell Children's, Carter and Plumb will meet superheroes and deliver The B+ (Be Positive) message and bring smiles to the children's faces. Since 1992, the Children's Blood & Cancer Center is the only place in Central Texas that specializes in battling all types of cancers and blood disorders in children and adolescents, from leukemia to brain tumors, from sickle cell disease to hemophilia.
AL CARTER: "Well I'm certainly disappointed in our first 2013 race finish. That was then. My short term memory is very short! Our No. 45 Eagle B+ Foundation Fall-Line BMW was good. We just had an unfortunate incident that did not allow us to compete for a top five finish. Every race is the same; focus on getting top marks, and that's what I'll do again next Saturday. I think that we'll be okay in Austin. There's the unknown of the track, and how good everyone else will be, I don't know. The Circuit of the Americas is so cool of a track to drive that I wish there weren't any cars out there! It's a fun track to drive. However, it does give you 20 chances every lap to make mistakes. It's fun to drive but very technical. So it's going to be a very exciting and challenging race. I think that we'll be in the top ten to start the race and hopefully get inside the top five at the end."
HUGH PLUMB: "I am looking forward to a good weekend at COTA. We had a tough start to the season with a pretty banged up car from a restart incident at Daytona that put us a couple laps down, turning into a disappointing finish. Now, we as a team need to dig in and have some good and consistent finishes starting this week in Austin. After testing here a couple of months back I was really impressed with the circuit. I think it's going to be difficult to pass so starting near the front will be important. I am hungry to put the Eagle/B+ Foundation car back up at the front."