SCC: Utah: Rum Bum Racing qualifying report

Rum Bum Racing Takes Front Row Spot in Qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park TOOELE, Utah, 11 September - For the second consecutive race, the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 will take the green flag of a GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge...

Rum Bum Racing Takes Front Row Spot in Qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park

TOOELE, Utah, 11 September - For the second consecutive race, the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 will take the green flag of a GRAND-AM Continental Sports Car Challenge race from the front row as the team chases a second consecutive win and third straight podium to finish the 2010 season off with a bang. The team opened the year in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway. Rum Bum Racing drivers Matt Plumb and qualifier Nick Longhi should be the drivers to watch on Saturday.

Longhi missed out on the pole by just 0.378 seconds. His best time around the outside loop of Miller Motorsports Park was clocked in 2:03.760 seconds, set on his third timed lap.

"(Crew Chief) Joe Varde and the rest of the Rum Bum crew are really on top of this car. I listened to Joe on the radio as he searched to find me some clear space, and he timed it perfectly. I had a totally clear lap. The pole-winning Camaro has a power advantage down the long straights here, so I think outside front row is as well as we could do," said Longhi of his effort.

Traffic or not, Longhi was never far from the top of the time sheet. His opening lap slotted him into the third place. He slipped to fourth place after his next tour and then when he got the call from Varde to put the hammer down on the third lap, he was able to lay down a near perfect drive. Longhi also qualified on the front at the previous round in Quebec.

"I think we are looking good for the race," adds Plumb. "We've shown good pace over long runs and since we are not battling for the championship, we have only one ambition and that's to win this last race of the season. That said, I'm not sure that our competitors have shown their true speed yet this weekend, so the race, as always, will be interesting."

-source: rum bum racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nick Longhi , Joe Varde , Matt Plumb
Teams Rum Bum Racing