RUM BUM RACING MEXICO CITY RACE REPORT Los Angeles, April 21, 2008 -- The Rum Bum Racing / Big Vision Miami / Caramba Tequila Dinan BMW Riley co-driven by Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb came to Mexico City with high expectations and was well on its...
RUM BUM RACING MEXICO CITY RACE REPORT
Los Angeles, April 21, 2008 -- The Rum Bum Racing / Big Vision Miami / Caramba Tequila Dinan BMW Riley co-driven by Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb came to Mexico City with high expectations and was well on its way to a second straight top five finish when it was taken out of the race by a stupid move from Angelelli on lap 44. Thanks a to a savvy race strategy from Rum Bum Racing engineer Brian Ma, the Rum Bum Racing team showed what it was capable of and ran with both drivers in second place.
For the second year in a row, the No. 7 Rum Bum Racing Dinan BMW Riley was taken out of the race by a Wayne Taylor Racing car! Last year while Auberlen was on his way to a podium finish, Magnussen hit him in the back and ruined all team chances to finish well and this year, Angelelli sent the No. 7 Rum Bum Racing machine driven by Matt Plumb into the retaining wall ending another chance of a very good finish for Rum Bum Racing leaving the team with a 17th place finish.
On Friday Rum Bum Racing team owner Gene Sigal qualified in 12th place. This was a very good performance from Gene who, in Mexico, was only competing in his third Daytona Prototype race ever.
On race day, the Rum Bum Racing's engineer, Brian Ma, had masterminded a battle plan to come up on top at the end of the third round of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Gene took a nice start and ran in second place for a while just before the team's first scheduled pit stop of the day. The plan was to run until the last second of the 45-minute mark to make sure when the car stopped, it would leave the pits with maximum fuel to come back on top of the leader board again before the second pit stop. The strategy worked out very well since after only 17 laps, Matt Plumb was able to run in second place again.
Matt Plumb who took the wheel of the No. 7 Rum Bum Racing Dinan BMW Riley on lap 26 worked his way up to second place during the second yellow flag of the day. On lap 44, when the green flag waved, Plumb had fuel and tires to race with the leaders until the next pit stop. Unfortunately just before the completion of lap 44, Angelelli tried to pass Matt and clipped the Rum Bum Racing machine sending both cars into the retaining wall. The accident caused heavy damaged to the Rum Bum Racing BMW Riley and ended the day for Angelelli and Plumb.
"We had a car to finish in the top five" announced team owner and co-driver Gene Sigal. "This is a stupid accident that ruined all our efforts. Matt and I had a great run and I want to thank our team for preparing such a competitive car. Our strategy was ready to pay off at the end of the race. It is very frustrating since we got taken out by the same team for the second year in a row. Our Rum Bum Racing crew is going to work 24/7 to be ready to compete next week-end since the damage is very heavy, but I guarantee you, we'll be back at VIR on Saturday morning with ambition and determination" added Sigal.
Despite this accident, the Rum Bum Racing team remains in the top-ten of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series team point standings. The next event is scheduled on April 26-27 at Virginia International Raceway, Virginia.