After winning another pole position and setting a track record, Rum Bum Racing was hungry for a return to victory lane last weekend at Road America. But after a late-race caution period cost the team the chance to take the win, Rum Bum Racing drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi had to settle for a third place finish in round 7 of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
While Rum Bum Racing had been looking to return to the top step of the podium and overcome a pair of costly points outings following contact from other cars, the third-place finish none the less put some solid points on the chart for the team.
Still ranked fifth in the Team Championship standings, Rum Bum Racing made some ground up to the championship leader by finishing some five places ahead of the fellow BMW entry.
In addition to targeting success in the Team Championship standings, Rum Bum Racing will look to once again help push BMW to the Manufacturer Championship in 2011. With a string of wins and podiums, Rum Bum helped BWM to win the 2010 Championship with a strong close to the season, something that is on everyone's mind ahead of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca round next weekend.
"It was of course great to be up on the podium again, particularly to be able to celebrate with Lu and Jennifer (Bacardi), but I'll admit that our car was so strong that I was really frustrated after the race," said Plumb. "Any time you have a car that is capable of winning, you want to make the most of that opportunity and we were right on track to do that before the yellow cut the race short. So, it was frustrating for me, but at least we put some points in the bank and now we'll move on and just look to execute in the same way again next weekend at Laguna."