Rum Bum Racing Fast But Unlucky at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio, 19 June - If being fast was the only requirement for a successful race outing, then Rum Bum Racing could have called the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio a success. Unfortunately,...
Rum Bum Racing Fast But Unlucky at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio, 19 June - If being fast was the only requirement for a successful race outing, then Rum Bum Racing could have called the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio a success.
Unfortunately, though they had the speed, the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 finished round 7 of the Continental Sports Car Challenge behind pit wall rather than on the track.
Driver Gianluis Bacardi drove the opening stint, starting from the 20th position. As soon as the green flag waved over the 50-plus car field at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Bacardi began charging to the front of the field. By lap 2, he had improved two positions, and by lap 15, he was in 12th place.
Unfortunately, the twists and turns, the hills and drops of Mid-Ohio have been known to bite, especially when the track temperatures soar well above 100 degrees and the track becomes quite greasy. Running at the maximum of traction as he fought through the traffic at turn-8, Bacardi slipped off of the track and nosed into the gravel trap where he was stuck until he could get towed.
The No. 13 was soon extricated and Bacardi made his way back to the pits, thankfully, while the field was under caution due to a separate incident. Fuel, tires and a driver change were on order as co-driver Matt Plumb traded places with Bacardi.
Plumb's work was now cut out for him, a lap down, in 52nd place.
"The car got loose through the turn and I lost it," said Bacardi, visibly frustrated with the outcome of his strong stint. "Everything was going great until then. I was making up places and the car was really hooked up, so I was a little surprised when it slid in the turn."
Plumb did all he could do to at least get back on the lead lap, which he briefly did. Unfortunately he also knew the writing was on the wall. The BMW's water temperature had soared after the pit stop and had only come down a fraction once he was rolling again. As soon as he had regained the lead lap, the engine went off song forcing Plumb to retire the car immediately.
"It's really a shame that we are here (behind the pit wall) and not out there right now. The car was very fast. My best lap was a 1:33.491 seconds, which was the fifth or sixth best of the race, so we definitely had the pace. Gianluis was brilliant at the start, but it's little mistakes that make big differences. The car was just stationary for two long being in the gravel trap and then followed by a long pit stop for the engine to last in this heat," said Plumb. "It's learning season for Gianluis and this is one of those lessons that we all inevitably learn."
From here the Rum Bum Racing squad gets nearly a four week break to recuperate from a month of intense racing before heading to New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey for round 8 of the 2010 Continental Sports Car Challenge on July 17.
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