Racer's championship hopes put to rest as he cancels plans to race this weekend so he can be with his wife for the birth of their first child... (21 October 2004)--Matt Plumb of Newport, Rhode Island, will be unable to compete for the 2004 SCCA...
Racer's championship hopes put to rest as he cancels plans to race this weekend so he can be with his wife for the birth of their first child...
(21 October 2004)--Matt Plumb of Newport, Rhode Island, will be unable to compete for the 2004 SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Championship this weekend at Laguna Seca due the impending birth of Plumb and his wife's first child, which was due last Monday. Plumb is disappointed not to be able to get the chance to follow up on his Rookie of the Year honors last season with a championship this year, but is overjoyed at the prospect of becoming a father.
"This is a very exciting time for me and my wife," said Plumb from his home in Newport, Rhode Island. "I want to thank everyone for their good wishes. I was hoping I could become a father in time to make it to the race weekend, but it looks like nature has another plan for us."
Plumb had good reason to have been optimistic about his chances at Laguna, as he has taken the top step on the podium there previously. He has also already netted two wins so far this season in his RealTime-prepared Acura TSX and drives the top placed front-wheel drive car in the Touring Division points standings. Plumb knows that he'll get another chance to race sometime in the future, but that this is a once in a lifetime moment.
" This was an extremely difficult decision that I wish I would have never had to make," said Plumb. "There are very few circumstances in life that would cause me to miss an important race like this. With the race being so far away from home and my wife scheduled to give birth at any moment, it just wouldn't give me enough time to get back if she went into labor, and I can't risk missing the birth of my first child. I only hope that my crew and the people at Acura know how much I appreciate the effort they have all put in to achieve our success this season and am looking forward to continuing this success next year."
The SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championships will be decided Sunday, Oct. 17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Both the SPEED GT Drivers' and Manufacturers' Championships are up for grabs, and the drama will unfold live on SPEED Channel at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern), 1:00 p.m. locally.