SCC: Millville: Hugh Plumb racing close to home

Hugh Plumb Racing Close to Home for New Jersey Motorsports Park Debut Keeps his competitive edge by running in "Longest Relay Race of the World" on his off weekend Millville, NJ (30 August, 2008)-- One might expect a race driver to make the...

Hugh Plumb Racing Close to Home for New Jersey Motorsports Park Debut

Keeps his competitive edge by running in "Longest Relay Race of the World" on his off weekend

Millville, NJ (30 August, 2008)-- One might expect a race driver to make the most of a weekend away from the track with some time relaxing at home, but instead, fitness enthusiast Hugh Plumb had other plans as he ran nearly a full marathon distance last weekend in advance of the Supercar Life 250 event at New Jersey Motorsports Park for round eight of the Grand-Am KONI Challenge season.

Plumb, who co-drives the No. 60 Sunset Hills Vineyard Ford Mustang with Mike Canney, took on a roster of ten new teammates last weekend, as he participated in the Nike Hood to Coast event, billed as the longest relay race in the world.

Plumb, who works endlessly to up his fitness game, held up his end of the deal with his teammates, running over 24 miles as part of his team's trek from Mt. Hood to the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The race effort netted the team 109th out of over 1,000 other teams, as the ten-member team averaged mile splits of 7 minutes, 32 seconds.

"I'm a very competitive person so you are always hoping to win of course, but it was our first time participating in this event as a team, so we were pretty pleased with the results," said Plumb. "We had a lot of fun out there, but everyone stepped it up come race time. The event also raised over a quarter million dollars for cancer research so that was a great bonus for a really big race like this."

The New Jersey event is one that Plumb has been looking forward to for a long time, given that he calls Unionville, Pennsylvania home, just an hour and a half down the road. He's been getting familiar with the facility as part of his work with Supercar Life, which gives everyday enthusiasts the chance behind the wheel of super car exotic machinery under the guidance and watchful eyes of pros like Plumb on the 2.25-mile 14 turn facility.

"It is a brand-new track so of course everything is freshly built, so hopefully it's a good weekend for everyone," said Plumb. "We'd like to get back on the right path in the points with the Sunset Hills Vineyard Mustang because we've been quick but just have had some tough races that we need to overcome. Being so close to home, it's great to just hop in the car and head to the track like we can here. Hopefully we can head home with some new trophies on Sunday."

-credit: canney,plumb

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hugh Plumb , Mike Canney