Rum Bum Racing Returns in 2010 Matt Plumb and Gian Bacardi to co-drive BMW in KONI Challenge (Homestead, FL) 10 October 2009-- Rum Bum Racing is Back! Crowd favorite Rum Bum Racing will return to Grand-Am racing in 2010. The team announced on...
Rum Bum Racing Returns in 2010
Matt Plumb and Gian Bacardi to co-drive BMW in KONI Challenge
(Homestead, FL) 10 October 2009-- Rum Bum Racing is Back!
Crowd favorite Rum Bum Racing will return to Grand-Am racing in 2010. The team announced on Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway as part of the Grand-Am Grand Prix of Miami that Matt Plumb and Gian Bacardi will co-drive a BMW M3 in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge starting at the famed Daytona International Speedway in January.
The organization has established a three-year commitment to the sport, with exciting newcomer Bacardi joining his fast and experienced co-pilot Plumb in one of the continent's most competitive categories.
Plumb, who in 2008 carried the Rum Bum Daytona Prototype to the front of the pack time after time, will not only share the driving duties with Bacardi, but he will also be responsible for coaching the youngster as well as overseeing the operation of the race team, which will be based in Florida.
Even though Bacardi is new to the sport, the college freshman has had an impressive debut season of racing in 2009, scoring race wins and taking track records in a variety of road racing disciplines.
The team will also engage a championship-winning crew chief to oversee the day-to-day operations of the team as well as manage the race-weekend planning and execution that are requisite to becoming a top-flight KONI Challenge performer. Rum Bum Racing will continue to develop and evaluate future racing plans as the team grows with experience.
"I'm really excited about moving up to KONI Challenge and having a strong rookie year next season," said Bacardi, who is in his first semester of studies at Santa Fe College in Gainsville. "Matt has been an incredible coach, and he also was really fast in the Daytona Prototype so I'm happy to have him as a co-driver. I know that KONI is a very competitive series but I want to get as much seat time as I can and build on that experience in the years to come. I just can't wait to get to Daytona in January!"
The move to team management is a natural progression for Plumb, who wowed with his heroics behind the wheel of the Rum Bum Racing Daytona Protoype in Rolex Sports Car Series competition in 2008 and has scores of success in a wide variety of racing formulas through his career.
"This is a really exciting opportunity for me to be part of Rum Bum Racing once again and help Gian step up to the professional level of road racing," said Plumb. "He's really impressed me with how quickly he has taken to driving and racing well and even though we know we have a learning curve to keep improving on, I'm really optimistic about our chance for success. To be involved with the team like I will be is also something I'm very much looking forward to. As a driver sometimes there are things you can't control within the team, but with this situation we will be able to get the most out of the organization every weekend and I think we're going to have a lot of fun doing it!"