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Rum Bum Racing Aims for the Barn DANVILLE, Va., 21 April - After three rounds of the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge championship, there have been three different Grand Sports (GS) Class winners. Rum Bum Racing ...

Rum Bum Racing Aims for the Barn

DANVILLE, Va., 21 April - After three rounds of the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge championship, there have been three different Grand Sports (GS) Class winners. Rum Bum Racing drivers Gianluis Bacardi and Matt Plumb are looking to be the series first two-time winners of the year at the upcoming Bosch Engineering VIR 200 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

The duo piloted their BMW M3 to victory circle at the season opener in Daytona, but at this Old Dominion track, it will be the Victory Barn where they will aim to park after two and a half hours of racing. Plumb certainly knows the way there, no matter what he is driving, having won at the track in 2008 in Grand Sports (GS) class competition and 2006 in an Street Tuner (ST) class car.

"I've been a part of two winning efforts here over the last four years so VIR is one of my favorite tracks," said Plumb ahead of the weekend. "It's such a roller coaster with elevation changes, fast, flowing corners and heavy braking slow corners that I'm not sure how it couldn't be one of any driver's favorites!" said Plumb.

"We will see how the car is suited for the track," continued Plumb. "The BMW's showed well at the end of last year here and we have done a lot of development since on our car. We unfortunately lost at lap at Barber which was tough to regain, but the car was balanced and we came home in one piece. It takes a lot of seat time to really be able to get the most out of the car while learning the tracks, so Gian has done an amazing job this year getting up to speed so quickly. VIR is going to be another learning weekend for him at this track, but hopefully it will all come together and we can be back in winning form."

Plumb's co-driver, rookie Gian Bacardi has shown great turns of speed early in his Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge career without any of the typical rookie missteps despite running in the top GS class. But the lack of grip made for a less-than-satisfying outing at Barber, so the young Floridian is looking forward to getting back to work this weekend.

"I'm really looking forward to this race," said Bacardi. "I've run at VIR before, but I know it will be a new experience to drive there in this M3. Matt knows how to win here, so I just need to do my job and hand the car over to him in a position where he can do what he does best and get us back in the points with a good finish."

En route to Plumb's last victory at VIR in 209, he led a race-high 44 laps, but the margin of victory came down to just 0.208 seconds when a late race caution period set up a three lap dash to the finish. A third win at VIR for Plumb would be sweet, but he might do without making this one so close!

The weekend will open on Thursday with a promoter test day, as Friday will set the grid with qualifying ahead of Saturday's 3:30 PM ET race start time.

-source: rum bum racing

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