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Plumb Arrives in Mid Ohio Brimming With Confidence Father inducted to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame on the Weekend (LEXINGTON, Ohio) 19 June 2008-- Matt Plumb is riding a wave of confidence heading into this weekend's EMCO Gears Classic at ...

Plumb Arrives in Mid Ohio Brimming With Confidence

Father inducted to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame on the Weekend

(LEXINGTON, Ohio) 19 June 2008-- Matt Plumb is riding a wave of confidence heading into this weekend's EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Course in Lexington, Ohio. At the Six Hours of the Glen two weeks ago, Plumb and teammate Gene Sigal finished 12th in the Sigalsport Rum Bum Dinan BMW Riley, a result that betrayed their actual competitiveness throughout the race, which saw Plumb lead laps at the classic facility.

Things got even better on the Monday following the Glen race, as Plumb and Sigal went right back to work in an open test on the Watkins Glen short course. Testing went as well as expected. Much of the time was spent honing the new bodywork configuration as well as the next iteration of the Dinan BMW V8 motor. No official times were released, but Plumb's fastest lap exceeded those of the championship leading teams creating a cause for optimism.

A week later, moonlighting in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series, Plumb roared from 44th on the starting grid to finish 3rd in the ST class. This week his father, J. Michael Plumb, is being inducted in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame by virtue of his six Olympic Medals in Equestrian competition that include an individual silver at the '76 games and two team gold medals in '76 and '84.

"We were really strong at the Glen in the race and then again in the test so I am really looking forward to getting back there in August," said Plumb. "But this weekend we are focused on Mid-Ohio. The Rumbum.com guys have been working really hard on this BMW-Riley and we should be quick right off the truck this weekend. It is always good to come into a race after performing well in the last race weekend." Despite this being Plumb's first Daytona Prototype appearance at Mid-Ohio, the Newport, Rhode Island-based driver has seen plenty of seat time here, dating back to his early formula car days coming up through the ranks beginning in 1999.

-credit: mp

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Matt Plumb , Gene Sigal