SCC: Birmingham: Rum Bum Racing race report

Rum Bum Racing 19th at Barber Motorsports Park LEEDS, AL-10 April 2010--The No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 finished the Barber 250 in 19th place after spending a long afternoon fighting the slippery conditions at Barber Motorsports Park in round...

Rum Bum Racing 19th at Barber Motorsports Park

LEEDS, AL-10 April 2010--The No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 finished the Barber 250 in 19th place after spending a long afternoon fighting the slippery conditions at Barber Motorsports Park in round three of the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship.

Gian Bacardi opened the race from behind the wheel, as has been a formula for success in the first two races of the year, and was looking to make his way forward in the 60+car field which boasted both Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes.

The 2.5 hour Continental Tire race came at the end of a day that saw the IZOD Indycars, Indy Lights, and Rolex Sports Car Series cars putting down rubber all day long before the green flag flew on the race, making the traction nearly impossible as the race wore on.

"It was so slick out there, I just couldn't believe it!" said Bacardi, who is relocating to central Florida to be closer to the Rum Bum Racing shop. "It would be loose on turn in, I'd do a correction to save the slide, and then it'd be pushing right at the center of the corner, and then loose again when I went to put the power down! So I'll admit--I was pretty happy to get out of the car and hand it over to Matt!"

The tough opening laps saw Plumb take to the track with a deficit to the leaders. But as he tried to pounce and get back on the lead lap on a restart, his one shot at it just didn't stick as he also had to come to grips with a track that just didn't offer any.

"I knew that I only had that one restart to make the passes I needed to get back on the lead lap," said Plumb. "But I didn't have a single lap at speed to know what exactly the conditions were like. So when I committed to the pass, I found out how little grip there was there and I just went off line. I was able to save it and get right back on track, but by then the window was closed so we just had to bring it home. It's disappointing to have this kind of result considering our car was so solid in testing, but we know we've got a great package and we'll just focus on putting it to good use in a couple of weeks at VIR."

Plumb won the season-finale race at VIR in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition in 2008, and will look to once again visit the victory barn at the rural Virginia track with Bacardi in two weeks' time.

-source: rum bum racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gian Bacardi
Teams Rum Bum Racing