RUM BUM RACING ENDS YEAR 1 OF THREE YEAR CHALLENGE Hawthorne, CA, September 24 - Rum Bum Racing team co-drivers Gene Sigal, Matt Plumb and Stephan Gregoire finished 11th in last Saturday's SunRichGourmet.com 1000k race at Utah Motorsports ...
RUM BUM RACING ENDS YEAR 1 OF THREE YEAR CHALLENGE
Hawthorne, CA, September 24 - Rum Bum Racing team co-drivers Gene Sigal, Matt Plumb and Stephan Gregoire finished 11th in last Saturday's SunRichGourmet.com 1000k race at Utah Motorsports Park.
With this result, the Rum Bum Racing team finished twelfth in the 2008 Rolex Series team point standings, a little short of their top ten objective but if you look closely at the rankings and since two teams who finished ahead of Rum Bum Racing have two cars entered in the series, the team is virtually one of the top ten teams of the Rolex Series.
The 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series was a learning experience for the team that was racing in its fifth Grand-Am Rolex Series season but only its second year of Daytona Prototype. The team had three top five finishes including a third place finish at Mid-Ohio after leading most of the race and also led 52 laps during the season. Of course one of the most memorable highlights of the year was when Matt Plumb led 40 minutes of the first hour of the biggest race of the year, the Rolex 24 at Daytona live on Fox TV.
It is important to note that Rum Bum Racing finished all its races except two, due to huge crashes that were out of the team's control, proving the level of preparation and performance of the car at every event. The two major accidents took a real toll on the team but both times Rum Bum Racing was able to bounce back and return to competition with a fighting spirit.
"I am satisfied with our 2008 results" declared team owner and co-driver Gene Sigal. "It was a tough season for the crew due to the accidents that had us rebuild two complete cars within 30 days. I believe we proved that we have the foundation of a winning team and can easily score better results as soon as we go on to the next steps of our Rolex Series program announced a year ago. It was only our second year in DP and the Rolex Series being one of the toughest and most competitive in the world, I am proud of what we accomplished this year. I am pleased to say that our team is one of the best top ten teams of the Rolex Series and I think it's a very important statement when you look for a sponsor these days. Our team will be ready to score big in 2009 and we look forward to the Rolex 24 at Daytona" said Gene.
"I want to thank our sponsor, Luis Bacardi, founder of Rum Bum who supported our team all season. Luis helped Sigalsport at a key moment of its life. We can hopefully continue carrying the Rum Bum colors next year and win some races together now that NASCAR has purchased Grand-Am and is fully involved in the marketing side of our series business to create B2B opportunities. I also want to thank all the other sponsors and suppliers for a great season including Caramba Tequila, OMP, GRW, PILOTI, HELLA, PIRELLI, DINAN, MECHANIX WEAR, PFC, DSSV, SUNTRUSTand HIGHCO" continued Sigal.
The next activity for the Rolex Series will be testing at Daytona International Speedway on October 27-29 to prepare for the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona.