SCC: Daytona: Rum Bum Racing preview

Rum Bum Racing Ready for Showtime at Daytona First GRAND-AM Race Outing for Newly-formed team (Daytona Beach, FL) 26 January 2010--Rehearsal time is over for Rum Bum Racing as the show is set to go live on the big stage this Friday when Gian ...

Rum Bum Racing Ready for Showtime at Daytona
First GRAND-AM Race Outing for Newly-formed team

(Daytona Beach, FL) 26 January 2010--Rehearsal time is over for Rum Bum Racing as the show is set to go live on the big stage this Friday when Gian Bacardi and Matt Plumb take to the high banks at Daytona International Speedway for the opening round of the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season.

The team, which is based in Orlando, Florida, will look to start the 2010 full-season campaign on the right foot with the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 in Friday's 2.5 hour season-opener. Under the championship-winning guidance of crew chief Joe Varde, the Rum Bum Racing effort has gone from just an idea to a fully-formed race team in a mere matter of months.

But as the Rum Bum Racing's strong form in the Roar Before the 24 Test at Daytona International showed, the organization will arrive at the track this week fully prepared to compete and perform.

The Daytona race will mark the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race debut for Gian Bacardi, who showed a strong stint of speed in the Roar test as the young college student put his previous race experience on the 3.56-mile oval-based road circuit to good use.

"I'm getting very excited about this weekend," said Bacardi. "I learned a lot about what some of our competition will be like at the test, and I'm looking forward to getting back out there this week. I know this is just our first race in GRAND-AM and we have a lot to learn yet, but hopefully we can start things off with a good result in the race. I was really encouraged with how it went earlier this month, and have just been counting down the days to go back to Daytona!"

The Friday afternoon race is one that Bacardi's co-driver and team manager Plumb has been counting down the days for, as the Rhode Island native looks to once again move to the front at Daytona.

"Ever since we made the announcement at Homestead last October, we have been going full speed to get to this point with building up the team to be 100% ready to go this week," said Plumb. "There are a lot of established teams that have a lot of GRAND-AM experience that we will be up against this year, but everyone was pleased with how the test went and I think it showed how incredibly hard all the guys on the team have been working. This race is the kick-off for this long-term racing program, and we just want to get things moving forward on the right foot with a solid weekend at Daytona and then just build on that as the season progresses."

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