*4th win of 2012 season *10th win since starting in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in 2010 *Leading Driver and Team Championships with 3 rounds (Indianapolis, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock Park) remaining *Total margin of victory for Rum Bum Racing's last two wins is less than one second combined total (Watkins Glen, New York) 30 June 2012--It was a new venue, but still a familiar sight as Matt Plumb revved the little flat-six Porsche motor in celebration as he pulled Luis Bacardi's No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911 into Gatorade victory lane on Saturday evening at Watkins Glen International.
The Joe Varde-led team used some canny strategy to catapult to the lead, and then made the most of the track position to hold off all challengers, taking the team's fourth race win of the season and second back-to-back race victory. Rum Bum Racing also won the Barber Motorsports Park and Homestead-Miami Speedway races in succession earlier this season.
The race victory grew Rum Bum Racing's lead in the Team Championship standings and moved Plumb and co-driver Nick Longhi into the Drivers Championship lead as well.
And all this was achieved despite carrying an extra 100 lbs of GRAND-AM provided performance balancing weight.
"This is absolutely a team effort win," offered Longhi as he made his way to the Victory Lane celebrations. "It is a great surprise because we really didn't feel like we had the car to win this weekend, but we still just put our heads down and were looking to come out of here with as many points as possible. I don't normally like surprises, but this is a great surprise today. The team just did an absolutely perfect job and I have to thank the Bacardis for putting such an amazing group together."
After playing a conservative hand in qualifying, Longhi opened the race from eighth on the GS class grid, avoiding some early-race incidents and smartly racing forward. The first of seven cautions saw several leading cars take to the pits, but Longhi stayed out before moving up to fourth and pitting on a subsequent yellow flag to turn the car over to Plumb.