Homestead: Rum Bum Racing qualifying report

Rum Bum Racing Aiming for Another Charge Through the Field in Miami HOMESTEAD, Fla., 5 March -- Gianluis Bacardi improved on his previous best lap at the Homestead Miami Speedway by six-tenths of second, and that was enough to make his co-driver...

Rum Bum Racing Aiming for Another Charge Through the Field in Miami

HOMESTEAD, Fla., 5 March -- Gianluis Bacardi improved on his previous best lap at the Homestead Miami Speedway by six-tenths of second, and that was enough to make his co-driver and mentor Matt Plumb proud. Bacardi, 20, from Miami, Fla., will take the green flag for round 2 of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge from the 23rd position, setting a best time of 1:28.651 sec in the final moments of the session. As they did at the Daytona opener, the GS class, No 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 will start from deep in the field with an eye to exploiting crew chief Joe Varde's tactical expertise to climb through the field.

"Today was a success. Looking to tomorrow, it's going to be about managing the traffic. Gian qualified 18th at Daytona and by the pit stop he was in the top-5," said Matt Plumb, Bacardi's co-driver and driver coach. "It's important that we keep things in perspective. We set the bar high in Daytona, but we have to remember that this is a new team with a new driver and every race we go to will be a learning experience. The key is continually improve."

Throughout the 15-minute qualifying session for, Bacardi hustled the No.13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 looking for a clear lap. With Plumb on the radio spotting for him, they tried in vain to find some clear road. Unfortunately, Bacardi kept catching slower traffic and as a result missed the optimal window to get the most from a new set of Continental racing slicks. In the waning moments, they found the necessary space that allowed Bacardi to lay down his best lap.

"I noticed the car was a bit down on power compared to Daytona," said Bacardi referring to the air restrictor that all of the current generation BMW M3s must now run. Nevertheless he was still buoyant. "But, I was having fun and I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."

-source: rum bum racing

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