Hugh Plumb's 2002 road racing is off to an excellent start, with an outstanding performance at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a 24 hour sports car race held at the Daytona International Speedway. Driving a Porsche GT3RS for the Seikel Motorsports...
Hugh Plumb's 2002 road racing is off to an excellent start, with an outstanding performance at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a 24 hour sports car race held at the Daytona International Speedway.
Driving a Porsche GT3RS for the Seikel Motorsports Team, Hugh was the fastest Porsche GT qualifier, starting second in the class. Hugh and his team led the GT cars for much of the first ten hours until a teammate encountered problems on the track. Driving two double sessions during the night, Hugh was still able to bring the Porsche back to a seventh place GT finishing the difficult race. Of the 74 starters, 28 were competing in the GT class.
Plumb, a standout in the Speedvision World Challenge series, move up to racing Porsches in 2001. Driving for the Racers Group team at the Grand American season finale Hugh was one lap ahead of the field when he was forced to retire after being hit by another car. He raced a different Porsche for Seikel Motorsports at the 2001 Petit LeMans 1000 mile race, finishing 6th in class.
He began the 2001 season at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, driving a Porsche to seventh place in class and tenth overall against the much faster prototype racers. Hugh attracted attention by turning the fastest laps among the four-member team in his first race in a Porsche.
In 1999 Hugh was lead driver for a BMW M3 team at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He drove 10 of the 24 hours, leading the team to a ninth place finish, the highest-placing BMW. Hugh also drove in several Motorola Cup endurance races in 1999, qualifying in the top five each, and scoring three podium finishes -- a second and two thirds.
In the Speedvision World Challenge, Hugh drove an Acura for the factory-assisted Realtime Racing team. In four seasons he scored four wins, 14 podiums, and18 top ten finishes. He qualified in the top five in 85% of his Speedvision World Challenge races. He was the "Rookie of the Year" in the Touring Class in 1998.
Hugh attracted attention early in his career, by winning in only his third professional race; he followed that victory with a second place in the next race. Hugh had previous open-wheel racing experience in the Skip Barber Racing series,where he was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year title in 1996 after two wins and nine podium finishes in 13 races.
In addition to his four-wheel success, Plumb has a significant background on two wheels. He learned to ride -- and race -- motorcycles at age nine, but started a serious racing career at eighteen, juggling road racing with his college studies. Riding a Honda CBR 600 F2 in Super Sport and a Honda CBR 900 RR in Super Bike,Plumb scored 25 wins in his first three seasons and won championships in both Super Sport and Super Bike classes.
Hugh Plumb's interests away from the track include his family, physical fitness, and water-skiing. He still rides motorcycles and dirt bikes, but his racing now is strictly on four wheels.