Watkins Glen II: Matt Plumb preview

Plumb Looks Forward to Glen Short Course (Watkins Glen, NY) 6 August 2008-- After round ten at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last Friday night, the Rolex Sports Car Series will keep up the pace with another Friday night feature for the ...

Plumb Looks Forward to Glen Short Course

(Watkins Glen, NY) 6 August 2008-- After round ten at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last Friday night, the Rolex Sports Car Series will keep up the pace with another Friday night feature for the two-hour Crown Royal 200 sprint race at Watkins Glen in upstate New York.

And Matt Plumb can't wait.

After some small mechanical and technical issues hampered Plumb's results in the Rumbumracing.com BMW-Riley, he is looking forward to a clean slate race weekend as the Rolex Series stages the first of two consecutive Daytona Prototype-only events on the 2008 schedule. The Crown Royal 200 is being run as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekend.

There is good reason for optimism on Plumbs part, having set some impressive times as he drove nearly the full race distance of the Glen Six in June.

Backing up that performance, the Rumbumracing.com team was ultra-quick in testing on the Watkins Glen short course on Monday following the 6 Hour, setting the fastest unofficial time of the day and giving the whole team a boost in advance of Plumb's breakthrough podium finish at Mid-Ohio later in June.

"We've had some small little problems hold us back-brakes in Montreal, dampers in Alabama, differential in Daytona," said Plumb. "But we know what we had here at the Glen in June, and everyone on this Rumbumracing.com team is working their tails off to dot the 'I's' and cross the 't's' to be ready to bring home a good result at the Glen. Gene (Sigal) keeps making good progress in qualifying and his race pace, and that's even more important for a short race like the Glen. Hopefully we'll be able to come home with a good result and use this weekend as a good springboard for the rest of the season."

Montreal Race Recap:

The Montreal race outing saw Plumb take over from Rumbum.com Racing teammate Gene Sigal just past the 30 minute mark, only to come to grips with a lack of brakes on a circuit that heavily favors their use. But the Daytona Prototype rookie put his extensive race experience to use as he made the most out of the BMW-Riley combination despite the inconsistent brakes. The No. 7 was well-placed to make a run to the top-ten in the closing laps, but a stop for fuel proved to be the undoing of that effort, as the Rumbum car came home in 13th.

-credit: mp/sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Matt Plumb , Gene Sigal