Rum Bum Racing’s Matt Plumb Looking for Strong Home Run in Virginia at VIR

Rum Bum Racing’s Matt Plumb Looking for Strong Home Run in Virginia at VIR

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10 May 2011 (Danville, VA) – With a race season that stretches across the country from Florida to California, Rum Bum Racing will hit a lot of great locations this year as the team targets the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Championship with the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3.

But of all the events on the schedule, this Saturday’s Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway is one that Rum Bum Racing driver Matt Plumb is particularly looking forward to as the Virginia native heads back to his home state.

Plumb, who grew up in Bluemont (just over an hour outside of Washington, D.C.) before heading down the road to pursue his degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, is relishing the chance to make up some championship ground this weekend as he gets the chance to race in Virginia once again.

“It’s always good to come home, and even though VIR is a little ways down the road from where I grew up, I’m a Virginian through and through,” said Plumb, who also has a top-five in Daytona Prototype competition to his credit on the track. “This is such a beautiful part of the country and the setting for this track couldn’t be better.”

Plumb, who with co-driver Nick Longhi, sits third in the Championship standings, has a strong record of success at the 3.27-mile natural terrain circuit. The duo, who opened the season with a pair of pole positions and an encore race victory at Daytona International Speedway, will look to make up ground in the championship battle as the duo target the Grand Sports (GS) championship crown.

While the home state advantage is one that Plumb is looking to make the most of, he just might not need it as Rum Bum Racing has shown itself to be adroit at the challenging track. Last year, the team netted the fastest lap of the race. And after Gian Bacardi pounced at the green flag and moved up from 20th on the grid, the team went on to score 3rd at the finish as the Joe Varde-called fuel strategy scored a run to the podium.

“This is a track where you have to be really committed in the high speed corners and also have a good balance in some of the slow spots like Oak Tree (corner),” said Plumb. “For the drivers, it’s just an amazing place because there is a little bit of everything–you are going up, down, slow, fast–everything! Even though it is such a challenge, it is so rewarding to get a perfect lap at a track like this, and hopefully we put everything together and have a perfect weekend. That would make me feel right at home!”

Luis Bacardi’s Rum Bum Racing will get warmed up for the Bosch Engineering 250 with a promoter test day on Thursday, with practice and the grid-setting qualifying sessions slated for Friday. The race, which will be broadcast on SPEED May 22nd at 1:00 PM ET, will take the green flag at 11:15 AM local time on Saturday.

You can follow the team’s progress on Facebook as well:


Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
317.908.2975 (m)

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