Strong Race for Rum Bum Racing Ends in Disappointment at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, NY-(5 June 2010) -After Gian Bacardi notched his career-best qualifying result with a run to 11th on the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge grid at...
Strong Race for Rum Bum Racing Ends in Disappointment at Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen, NY-(5 June 2010) -After Gian Bacardi notched his career-best qualifying result with a run to 11th on the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge grid at Watkins Glen, the young Florida racer showed his performance was no fluke as he charged forward at the drop of the green flag in Saturday's Continental Tire 150.
Bacardi drove the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 up to fifth in the 70 car field before turning the controls over to co-driver Matt Plumb for the 2.5-hour race.
Rallying from deep in the pack, Plumb was putting in the same kind of race performance that saw the team score a storybook opening race weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Moving up from 25th in the order up to run in position to claim a podium, the Rum Bum Racing car was looking like the one to beat.
But before the champagne could be sprayed, the racing gods intervened as a sway bar broke on the back of the BMW. This sent Plumb into the pits as the car immediately became a handful to drive. A quick diagnosis from Rum Bum Racing saw the team strategy move to focus on a points-paying finish.
"I was coming back into a right-hand corner, and the car just fell back on the right side and I knew that we had a problem," said Plumb. "It is a shame because Gian did an outstanding job once again. We were exactly where we needed to be, with new tires and fuel to the finish and fighting with the leaders. Unfortunately, we had to just drive to make it to the finish because we were out of the fight for the win at that point. It's too bad but we will be back to fight again at Mid-Ohio."
"I had fun out there and the car was good enough that I could just keep moving up," said Bacardi, who will look forward to the next round at Mid-Ohio. "It is frustrating to have something like this take us out of what looked like was going to be a very good finish but that can happen in racing. I'm happy about the speed we had this weekend and even though we've had some bad luck, we know we just have to keep doing what we are doing and we can be back on the podium."