Birmingham: Sigalsport/RBR race report

RUM BUM RACING SO CLOSE TO A TOP TEN IN ALABAMA Hawthorne, CA. (July 24, 2008) -- Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb, co-drivers of the No. 7 Rum Bum Racing / Big Vision / Caramba Tequila Dinan BMW Riley finished eleventh last Sunday at the Porsche 250...

RUM BUM RACING SO CLOSE TO A TOP TEN IN ALABAMA

Hawthorne, CA. (July 24, 2008) -- Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb, co-drivers of the No. 7 Rum Bum Racing / Big Vision / Caramba Tequila Dinan BMW Riley finished eleventh last Sunday at the Porsche 250 race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

The Rum Bum Racing car was really competitive and had the potential to finish strong but an unusual incident happened during the pit stop; a driver ID cable was damaged during the driver change which caused the car to lose one entire lap.

Despite Plumb's speed throughout his stint, he was never able to get his lap back and Sigal and Plumb finished the race in 11th place.

"We had a competitive car at Barber and our goal was to finish between fifth and tenth to maintain our top ten ranking in the series" stated Emmanuel Lupe, Rum Bum Racing team manager after the race. "The engine and gearbox temperatures were hot like all the other cars and we got a few overheating alerts but the Dinan BMW engine was strong and always performed at its peak. During our driver change, Matt Plumb went in the car and his driver ID cable fell to the bottom of the car at a place where the driver changer could not see it. Despite the effort to recover the ID cable, the team lost one entire lap. It is frustrating because this is a stupid thing that really cost us a lot of time and positions but at the end of the day the team did their job and the drivers did a good job too. We are anxious to race in Montreal, Canada since the Dinan BMW Riley combination was really fast last year and we know that we can do well there" added Lupe.

The Porsche 250 was the ninth round of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series and despite this 11th place result, Rum Bum Racing remains in the top ten of the series team point standings in ninth place.

The next race is in Montreal, Canada next week. The race track is the famed F1 track Gilles Villeneuve and it is the perfect venue for the Dinan BMW Riley which was very competitive there last year.

The Canadian race will be raced on Friday, August 1 and will be televised on tape delay in the United States and Canada on Speed at 8:00 PM ET (5:00 PM Pacific).

-credit: srbr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Matt Plumb , Gene Sigal
Teams Rum Bum Racing