Plumb Brothers Podium Fenton Acura Sixth Time in Grand-Am Cup Season Aug. 5, 2006 -- Trois-Rivieres, Quebec -- With their sixth podium finish in eight Grand-Am Cup series Street Tuner class races, Matt and Hugh Plumb finished a close second...
Plumb Brothers Podium Fenton Acura Sixth Time in Grand-Am Cup Season
Aug. 5, 2006 -- Trois-Rivieres, Quebec -- With their sixth podium finish in eight Grand-Am Cup series Street Tuner class races, Matt and Hugh Plumb finished a close second place in the 37th annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
Today's finish, combined with their win a week earlier in Alabama, has the drivers of the Bill Fenton Motorsports Southern Auto Auction/Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Acura RSX-S in a four-way tie for second place in the Drivers Championship points chase, only four points behind the class leaders.
"Most important to me is that we're still in the hunt for Manufacturers Championship," Fenton noted. "In a series with 11 car manufacturers racing, our goal is to stay consistent so we can help Acura win its fifth Manufacturers Championship in Grand-Am Cup."
Hugh Plumb qualifed the Fenton Acura sixth quickest in the 29-car field that raced on the 10-turn, 1.51-mile street circuit near the shores of the St. Lawrence River, started the race, and was quickly up to the third position by lap 10.
"There was a major accident only a lap or so into the race," he said. "Grand Am parked the cars in the pits for about 15 minutes while they cleaned up the mess. Once we got racing again, eight laps later we were all behind the safety car again because of another accident.
"On a track this tight, you have to plan to make your passes under braking because there aren't that many straightaways to do it under power. That's good because the Acura RSX-S has superb brakes, which we worked hard to conserve, as we did with our tires. And thanks to Crew Chief Steve Wheeler and our team, we had a great pit stop when we changed drivers under the yellow on lap 16, and were able to get Matt out in fourth place."
Matt took second place by lap 22, only 1.6 seconds behind leader Jim Holtom, in a Cobalt which had not pitted when just about everybody else did.
Once Holtom pitted, Matt moved into the lead, ahead of local favorite, Marc-Antione Camirand, driving another Cobalt. Had the race finished at that point, Acura and Chevrolet would have been tied for the Manufacturer Championship lead.
"Trois-Rivieres couldn't be more racer friendly--the fans are great," Matt told the enthusiastic Quebec media. "It's really great to be back on the podium. The team did a great job all weekend and this was a good race in the championship picture."
"I also want to thank Bill Fenton for giving us such a great, consistent car, as he always does," added Hugh.
"After a second place at Daytona to start the season, we were 33rd at Virginia International and eighth at Laguna Seca. So we've really had to crawl back to get where we are and it feels great.
"If Matt and I can share the Drivers Championship as co-drivers, that will be a moment in time that we'll remember forever."