Mid-Ohio: SigalSport race report

SPECTACULAR FIRST 2008 PODIUM FINISH FOR RUM BUM RACING! LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 22, 2008) - Matt Plumb and Gene Sigal posted their best finish of the season and their best Daytona Prototype career finishes with a third. Plumb led a race-high 31...

SPECTACULAR FIRST 2008 PODIUM FINISH FOR RUM BUM RACING!

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 22, 2008) - Matt Plumb and Gene Sigal posted their best finish of the season and their best Daytona Prototype career finishes with a third. Plumb led a race-high 31 laps in the No. 7 Rum Bum Racing BMW Riley, which was the highest-finishing BMW in the race. The pair's previous best finish was fifth, which came twice this season.

Plumb led a race-high 31 laps before Gurney's winning pass, and Darren Law made a pass for second-place with just under two laps remaining. Plumb and Sigal advanced 15 positions to third in the No. 7 Rum Bum Racing Dinan BMW Riley, taking home the Suntrust most improved position award.

While it rained - and sometimes poured - during Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, Rum Bum Racing co drivers of the #7 Rum Bum/Big Vision Miami/ Caramba Tequila/ Dinan BMW Riley almost won their first race of the season but Plumb had to give up the lead only 9 laps before the end to finish third. Matt Plumb crossed the finish line 1.347 seconds behind the race winner Gurney.

Plumb was spectacular in his stint and proved once again his unbelievable talent.

"It felt great. The conditions were a little sketchy, but obviously it allowed us to move up pretty quickly because we had a good wet setup", declared co-driver Matt Plumb after the race. "The Rum Bum Racing car ran flawlessly. We never had any issues. I am excited, the team needed a strong result and we got one at the right time. The Pirelli tires were great, but obviously, near the end, we may have found the limit on the rain tires."

"I am so happy for the entire Rum Bum Racing team and for Luis Bacardi, the owner of Rum Bum who trusted us to get that kind of results in 2008" announced Rum Bum Racing team owner and co-driver Gene Sigal. "It was exciting, the Dinan BMW engine was awesome and very powerful and definitely the best engine out here in the rain condition. We thought it was going to rain all weekend, but we thought we would get some practice time in the rain. When the race started, I just tried to keep it clean and give a good car to Matt. But right at the beginning of the first lap, I got rear-ended. That was the worst of it, but I saw parts flying everywhere. But it all worked out well. The team did a great job. We've been through a lot the last few weeks, but everyone stayed with the game plan. We set up the car to work through both dry and wet conditions. The Pirelli tires worked out great, they held up for two hours. Matt had a handful at the end but we had a great time." Added Sigal.

Gene Sigal who started Sigalsport in 2004 is one of the only active series drivers that has now scored a podium finish in all classes of the Rolex Series including SGS in 2004, GT in 2005 and 2006 and DP last Saturday at Mid-Ohio.

Rum Bum Racing gained four positions in the championship and is now 10th in points in the 2008 Rolex Series team point standings. The next race is at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, July 3.

-credit: sigalsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Matt Plumb , Gene Sigal
Teams Rum Bum Racing