SCC: Lime Rock: Rum Bum Racing preview

Rum Bum Racing Packing Podium Momentum for LRP Debut LAKEVILLE, CT-27 MAY 2010 - Fresh from a run to the podium at VIR, Rum Bum Racing will make a debut appearance at Lime Rock Park this Saturday as part of the traditional GRAND-AM Continental...

Rum Bum Racing Packing Podium Momentum for LRP Debut

LAKEVILLE, CT-27 MAY 2010 - Fresh from a run to the podium at VIR, Rum Bum Racing will make a debut appearance at Lime Rock Park this Saturday as part of the traditional GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Memorial Day weekend visit to the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.

Gian Bacardi and Matt Plumb, who combined for third place at VIR in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3, will once again share the driving duties for the 2.5-hour Grand Sports (GS)-only race on Saturday.

While Plumb has scores of experience on the ultra-quick 1.53-mile circuit, the weekend will be the first racing exposure to the track for young Bacardi. The two will look to employ the same winning strategy that has them batting .500 for podium appearances so far this season as Bacardi will set the grid position in Friday's qualifying with Plumb playing clean-up batter to close out the race.

The laps click off at high speed on the track, which has over 50 years of racing history in its books, making track position a key part of a winning outing.

With two strong drivers and a stout machine in the BMW M3, there will be another key part of a return podium for Rum Bum Racing, as the championship-winning crew chief Joe Varde will have to put his years of experience at Lime Rock to good use in deciding when to pit during the race. Making the wrong call could cost several laps, so the team will have to not just be fast, but also on the mark when it comes to strategy.

The weekend is a compact one, with just two practice sessions before the 4:05 PM qualifying on Friday. There is no warm up on Saturday before the green drops on the 2.5-hour race at 2:30.

"I wish we had more sessions this weekend!" said Bacardi, even though he's proven a quick study wherever he has run. "But Lime Rock is at least pretty straightforward of a track so I don't think it should be too bad. I know Matt has a lot of experience there and he's a great coach so we should be fine. There is a big braking zone going into turn one so if we don't qualify well, hopefully we can move up early in the race there."

The Lime Rock weekend marks a bit of a homecoming for Plumb, who calls Rhode Island home.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to Lime Rock--it wouldn't be Memorial Day without us being there!" said Plumb, who will be part of a media tour in the area ahead of the race weekend. "The track is a little bit easier to learn now that they have repaved it and you don't have to work around the bumps,so Gian should be fine right away. Our BMW M3 should be very good--such a good balance and brakes, and those are key to a fast lap. It is going to be interesting with pit strategy, but I wouldn't want anyone other than Joe Varde making those calls for us, so I'm hoping we can be back on the podium again this weekend."

-source: rbr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joe Varde , Matt Plumb , Gian Bacardi
Teams Rum Bum Racing