Rum Bum Racing Tunes up for 2011 With Strong Test at Homestead HOMESTEAD, FL - Rum Bum Racing was back in action at the 'home track,' Homestead Miami Speedway, this week as the team continued preparations for a run at the 2011 GRAND-AM ...
Rum Bum Racing Tunes up for 2011 With Strong Test at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, FL - Rum Bum Racing was back in action at the 'home track,' Homestead Miami Speedway, this week as the team continued preparations for a run at the 2011 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Championship with two days of testing at the South Florida facility. Drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi put the No. 13 BMW M3 through its paces as the team continues to develop and refine the BMW M3 package ahead of what is expected to be a highly competitive championship in 2011.
With Rum Bum Racing posting such a strong close to the 2010 season with a run of three straight podiums including two victories, BMW was able to take the 2010 GRAND-AM Manufacturer Championship. The competition has taken notice, and even more examples of the BMW M3 are expected to join the fray in the top Grand Sports (GS) class in 2011. That makes the development work that the team is undertaking with the M3 a crucial part of a competitive season, as the margin between winning and losing will shrink once again.
"It was really good to get back down to Homestead and keep working on the progress we have made since the season ended," said Plumb. "Joe (Varde) has not stopped working on this car and we know that even though we had a lot of speed last year, we have to work as hard as we can to find even more. There are going to be a lot of well-prepared M3's that we'll have to beat this year, and the guys in the Mustangs and Camaros have also clearly not been resting since Miller so every tenth we can find in this car, we'll need."
While Homestead Miami Speedway is closest to the team's "home ground," the team also has a bit of a score to settle on the 2.3-mile oval-based road course. After bolting to the front of the pack in the 2010 running of the Miami Grand Prix, a freak accident saw the No. 13 lose its hood, leading to race-ending contact with the wall. The Joe Varde-led team is not just preparing for the series' return to Homestead in March, but also has a keen eye on defending its break-out victory at the World Center of Speed, Daytona International Speedway.
"The surface is a lot different here at Homestead than Daytona, but finding the right balance between the slower infield section and the oval section will be the same exact challenge for us, so even though the tracks are different, we are still learning and hopefully will put that to use in January," said Varde. "Of course, with the repaving at Daytona, we'll have to see what the car likes but I think the drivers are going to be much happier up on the banking with the smooth pavement!"
Next up for the team will be the traditional "ROAR before the 24" testing, set for January 7-9 at Daytona International Speedway.
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