Sunday Group Media Notes, Barber Motorsports Park (Continental Tire Challenge)

Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

Rum Bum Racing finished fifth at Homestead Miami Speedway. Not bad, right?

Well, it was actually the worst finish for the team since last July, having either won or finished second in the last three races of the season (winning the last two), and then winning again at Daytona. The team has started on the front row in the last four races. Now down (65-61) four points in the team championship, drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi are looking to take it back.

Brother racers, take one (Bells):

Matt Bell and Tim Bell (Los Altos, Calif) are like any other siblings–highly competitive. But even though they will both be on track when the green flag flies on Saturday afternoon, the duo aren’t really racing each other, at least not for now.

Tim Bell is running for rookie of the year honors in the lower Street Tuner (ST) class, while his brother Matt Bell is driving in the Grand Sports (GS) class. Matt has several wins and poles to his credit while younger brother Tim has impressed in his opening two starts for Doran Racing.

Hometown for Kia, Kinetic:

Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood brought Kia the brands first-ever race finish in the debut running of the Kia Forte Koup to open the 2010 GRAND-AM season. Fast forward to this weekend and the former (2007) champs will be looking for much more as the duo pair up once again. The Barber race weekend is the home event for their team–Kinetic Motorsports (based outside of Atlanta) as well as just down the road from the massively impressive West Point Georgia Kia Motors assembly plant. Factory ace Burrows will be visiting the facility ahead of the race weekend, and hundreds of Kia guests will be on-site for the event.

Driver Change for new team:

He’s driven in the Rolex Sports Car Series, but this weekend will be the first-ever race start in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition for Jeff Westphal as he joins Insight Racing. The team campaigns two BMW’s (one in each class), with one of the most international driver rosters of the entire field (England, Denmark, US, and France). The Barber event is just the third race weekend for the newly-formed team, which recently moved to a new base in Hilliard, Ohio.

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