Plumb Scores First Grand-Am Rolex Series Podium at Mid-Ohio (LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008 -- Matt Plumb in his rookie Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season needed only seven races to secure his first podium finish by coming home third in the...
Plumb Scores First Grand-Am Rolex Series Podium at Mid-Ohio
(LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008 -- Matt Plumb in his rookie Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season needed only seven races to secure his first podium finish by coming home third in the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Plumb also led the most laps of the race with 31 tours ahead of the pack in the Rum Bum.com Dinan BMW Riley.
"It felt great to be on the Daytona Prototype podium. The conditions were a little sketchy, but obviously it allowed us to move up pretty quick because we had a good wet setup. It was great," said a champagne drenched Plumb. "The Rum Bum car ran flawlessly. We never had any issues. The Pirelli tires were great, but obviously, near the end, we may have found the limit on the rain tires."
Plumb took over from co-driver Gene Sigal on lap 19 after the circuit was bathed in a heavy thunderstorm 12 laps earlier. Despite the challenging conditions on a sopping track, Plumb effectively made his way to the front of the field. By lap 36 he assumed the lead by passing Nic Jonsson on the outside at the Keyhole.
Once again after his strong and long run at the Watkins Glen Six Hour, Plumb put in a long but fast stint at the controls. After wrestling to the lead, Plumb comfortably controlled the race that his advantage erased by several caution periods. That seemed to matter little, with Plumb creating a sizable margins each time the field returned to green flag racing.
By lap 63 however, the Newport, Rhode Island resident wasn't stretching his advantage as much now that his tires were beginning to wear down after 44 laps of action. On lap 67, Plumb could not defend his position any longer and relinquished the lead to eventual race winner Alex Gurney.
A hard charging Darren Law on fresher tires also managed to better Plumb with just two laps remaining for second place. Nonetheless it was a Herculean effort by Plumb who demonstrated his skill, stamina and focus under pressure from both the field and the conditions.
The race result marked the second podium finish for Plumb in as many races after he scored third place in the KONI Challenge Mosport race last weekend.