Objective in Alabama: CTSCC podium for Carter and Plumb

Al Carter to co-drive the No. 45 and No. 48 BMWs at Barber.

A year ago, Al Carter and Hugh Plumb finished on the podium of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park. The Fall-Line Motorsports drivers and their team, led by Michael Harvey, always do well in Alabama.

Since they started racing M3s in the Continental Tire series in 2010, the Fall-Line team has always placed in the top five at Barber. After the long break since the Austin, Texas race last March 2 at Circuit of The Americas, everyone in the team is ready to start a new chapter at Barber.

#45 SceneTap – B+ Foundation BMW: Al Carter, Hugh Plumb
#45 SceneTap – B+ Foundation BMW: Al Carter, Hugh Plumb

Photo by: Wes Duenkel

Al Carter and Hugh Plumb finished a disappointing 13th in Texas and their primary goal is to return to the podium at Barber. They both love the 2.3 mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course and they are expected to do well.

In addition to co-driving the No. 45 Eagle B+ Foundation BMW with Hugh Plumb, Al Carter, who recently competed in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, was invited to do double duty at Barber and co-drive the No. 48 Fall-Line BMW with Charles Espenlaub.

It was decided by Fall-Line Motorsports that Al will continue to qualify, start and run the first stint in the No. 45 Eagle B+ Foundation BMW. Hugh Plumb will finish the race in the No. 45.

After a first stint in the No. 45, Carter will switch cars and will replace Charles Espenlaub who will qualify and start the No. 48 Fall-Line BMW. Carter will finish the race in the No. 48.

This new development should really bring a high dose of on-track excitement and additional motivation for both B+ Racing drivers since they will probably end-up racing each other at the end of the race!

AL CARTER'S PRE-RACE QUOTE: "The big thing about Barber is that Hugh and I both like the track and we've been around there, we had a podium there last year.

It is really more important for us to get a solid finish for the 45 car because we've been running very competitive and we just haven't been able to get a good place due to racing circumstances".

"I'm actually very excited about racing the 45 and the 48 car. Obviously it will be a little bit different and more intense than what I'm used to. I'm always starting the 45. The job for the starting driver is to keep the car up front and bring it home in good shape.

Now, to get the opportunity to get into the 48 car to finish the race, the job is more or less to go up and find positions and to ease up and finish as good as possible. So I am looking forward to that challenge.

It's definitely getting clearer to my learning curve. It was an excellent opportunity presented to me by Fall-Line and it was appreciated that they had enough confidence to put me in that spot."

HUGH PLUMB'S PRE-RACE QUOTE: "Looking forward after a long break to get back into the No. 45 Eagle B+ Foundation BMW. I can't hit the rewind button to get back the last two races that we had some hiccups at, so all I want is to focus on what is ahead, and the task at hand.

Last year at Barber we had a pretty good run ending up P3. They have re-surfaced the track so I believe there will be grip level that everyone is not used to so that will make it interesting.

With nearly a 60 car field which has become fairly typical, it will be Continental racing at its best. Al Carter always puts on a great performance at Barber in both qualifying and race so I can count on him as well."

MICHAEL HARVEY/FALL-LINE TEAM MANAGER'S PRE-RACE QUOTE: "Fall-Line Motorsports are very excited to be able to provide Al Carter with the opportunity to do double duty at Barber in both the No. 45 & No.48.

Al is becoming a great driver and this represents the next step in his growth as an endurance driver. This is Al's third year at Fall-line and we are extremely proud of the progress he has made and look forward to allowing him the chance to see a checkered flag."

The Barber 200 CTSCC event at Barber Motorsports Park, round 3 of the 2013 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will officially start Thursday, April 4 with two 45 minute practice sessions at 2:00 PM ET and 5:15 PM ET. GS qualifying is set for Friday at 11:15 AM ET.

The start of the 2.5 hour race is set for 5:00 PM ET on Saturday, April 6. The Continental Tire Challenge Series event will be broadcast on SPEED at 2 PM ET on Saturday, April 13.

B+ Racing drivers Al Carter and Hugh Plumb invite Grand-Am community members, teams and drivers and fans to join them in Birmingham for a post-race celebration starting at 9:00 PM local time at The Grey Bar 280, located 5426 Highway 280, Birmingham, Alabama.

Come to see live music by 7 Stone Riot and help us support The B+ Foundation and fight childhood cancer. A portion of the $5 admission and the cash bar proceeds will be donated to The B+ Foundation.

B+ Racing

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