Longhi & Plumb Have Speed To Spare
LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The Rum Bum Racing pit crew executed a lightning-fast pit stop with one hour remaining in Saturday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport (GS) race at Lime Rock Park, and Matt Plumb did the rest for the defending champions.
Plumb led the final 60 laps in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911, giving the defending GS drivers and team champions their first victory of the season.
“We want to get our mojo back,” said Plumb after taking his 19th career victory in the series. “Our pit stop was 15 seconds faster than everyone else. We went from fifth to first. From there on it was a matter of maintaining the tires, judging the track and traffic. We were not fast on a single lap, so I concentrated on running consistent laps, trying not to hurt the tires.”
“We came here bummed out to be sixth (in the championship),” said Longhi, a 16-time career winner. “I got off to a pretty good start, and from there I tried to conserve the car. I wanted Matt to have a good car for the end of the race. I’ll tell you – Matt Plumb equals rock star. (Team manager) Joe Varde keeps the team from making as few mistakes as possible.”
The Rum Bum team was aided by the fact that both the Fall-Line Motorsports and TRG-AMR teams did not pit on their first opportunity during the lone caution of the race at the one-hour, 26-minute mark.