INDIANAPOLIS (27 July 2012) - After a race that saw history being made, two and a half hours of frantic racing, heavy rain storms, a red flag, and some questionable driving from a familiar source, Rum Bum Racing will leave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a banged up Porsche but a small lead in the provisional Team Championship points.
Longhi opened the 2.5-hour race from the ninth position in the 73-car field, running in the top-10 throughout the beginning stages of the race. The Rum Bum squad took advantage of the second full course caution of the race to call the No. 13 to pit road out of ninth place for a routine pit stop and driver change. Longhi handed the car over to Plumb while the team performed another flawless pit stop to return the Porsche to the track 16th in the order.
Plumb wasted no time in moving forward, fighting his way up the order and improving his position each lap to run fifth by the 29th lap. Rum Bum Racing looked poised for yet another podium finish as Plumb ran as high as third before making the team's second stop for fuel and tires. With some cars opting to stay out, he returned to the field sixth in line but a strong rain cell moved its way over the track while the cars ran under caution - forcing the Rum Bum team to make an extra pit stop for rain tires when the track conditions became too hazardous under yellow to run on slicks.
With the rain falling heavily and the track conditions worsening, the race was red flagged for 25-minutes while the race clock continued to run, but the storm moved out just as quickly as it had approached and the race line again began to dry. Constantly keeping the championship goal in mind, Varde made a strategic call to pit for dry tires upon seeing that the championship contending No. 83 car opted to stop for slicks. Another great stop by the Rum Bum crew saw the No. 13 Porsche exit pit lane ahead of the No. 83.
Plumb would restart from 14th with just 18 minutes remaining in a green flag sprint to the finish. He again immediately began to maneuver his way forward to run 10th before hard contact from the No. 55 driven by Scott Maxwell slammed the No. 13 machine off track and caused front end damage to the Porsche machine. Plumb was able to continue, but with a wounded car and the race curtailed with another caution, was unable to move up as Rum Bum Racing was forced to settle for a 12th place result.