SCC: Laguna Seca: Bill Fenton Motorsports race notes

Fenton Acuras in Top 10 at Laguna Seca Grand-Am Cup Both of the Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX Type S race cars finished in the top 10 of today's Grand-Am Cup race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Brothers Hugh and Matt Plumb finished eighth in...

Fenton Acuras in Top 10 at Laguna Seca Grand-Am Cup

Both of the Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX Type S race cars finished in the top 10 of today's Grand-Am Cup race at Laguna Seca Raceway.

Brothers Hugh and Matt Plumb finished eighth in their Southern Auto Auction/Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles RSX, while teammates Mike Liebl and Bob Beede were 10th in their identical car.

"In our 29-car Street Tuner class field, 10 of the cars, from five teams, were Acura RSX and TSX models," noted team owner Bill Fenton. "We didn't win nor did we have the highest finish for an Acura, but as a team, we had the highest average finish among the five Acura teams, and we're poud of that, because it means we have solid driving skills in both cars."

"Hugh and Mike, who were our starting drivers, only got six total laps apiece of green flag racing during their stint, thanks to another string of accidents caused by impatient drivers, which, like at Virginia two weeks ago, started halfway through the first lap."

Added Matt Plumb, "The good news is that we finished this time! However we had handling problems all weekend and never got the car working the way we wanted to. After qualifying 10th we struggled during the race with front grip and never could mount much of a charge on the front runners. It was a shame we couldn't figure out our handling issues; the team worked very hard all weekend as always and they deserved a good finish. We have some ideas for next weekend and I definitely think we will be back up front."

Speed TV will air the race May 13 at 1 p.m. ET and May 15 at noon.

The Fenton Motorsports Acuras are now headed to Phoenix for the fourth of 10 rounds in the Grand-Am Cup series, this Saturday, on the Phoenix International Raceway combination NASCAR oval and infield road course circuit.

"This race will be the first time our Street Tuner class cars have raced separate from the Grand Sports cars," Fenton noted, "and I hope the resulting reduction in the size of the field for both races will make a smoother race. PIR has a lot of room to maneuver, though, and that's good."

Practice for the Phoenix race will be Thursday at 6 p.m. ET, with qualifying at 8:30 p.m. ET, and another practice Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The 2 ½-hour race Saturday starts at 6 p.m. ET.

Grand American's website, www.grandamerican.com has a link which provides live timing and scoring feeds for all on-track sessions throughout the weekend, as well as a live audio feed.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Beede , Bill Fenton , Matt Plumb