EVENT INFO: Round 2 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship at Sebring International Raceway, LIVE on IMSA.com – Green flag on Friday, March 17 at 12:20 PM ET
Televised on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, March 27 at 12:30 PM ET
CAR INFO: No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997
ANOTHER HOME RUN FOR RUM BUM RACING: The Sebring event is the second closest stop on the IMSA circuit for Rum Bum Racing, whose race shop is located about 90 miles north of the track in Orlando. The season-opening round of Daytona is also not far from the team’s shop with both events drawing big crowds of Rum Bum supporters.
SEBRING TESTING: IMSA held a two-day test for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge last month in preparation for this weekend’s event. The test saw sporadic rain on the first day, with the second day a wash for the team as strong storms moved into the area. Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, Rum Bum Racing worked to get the most out of the limited track time and set the quickest lap time of the test among the GS class field.
A LOOK IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR: Rum Bum Racing appeared to be well on its way to a return trip to the Daytona International Speedway podium after leading 22 laps. Hugh Plumb snagged the pole position in Daytona qualifying and the race opened with a frantic pace. After leading early, a fuel delivery issue slowed the pace of the Porsche with the Plumb brothers fighting to hang on to a fifth place finish at the checkered flag.
RUM BUM’S SEBRING HISTORY: Rum Bum has twice visited the historic 3.74-mile road course of Sebring International Raceway. In the team’s 2014 debut at the track, Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi took home a 10th place result.. The team returned last year with Matt Plumb joined by his brother Hugh where they stood on the podium in third. It took a mix of strategy, teamwork, and hard driving to deliver the podium performance and there was a big crowd of supporters on hand as Jennifer Bacardi and her family celebrated with the team following the race.
SEBRING 2014: Started – 13th Finished – 10th (Matt Plumb, Nick Longhi)
SEBRING 2015: Started – 5th Finished – 3rd (Matt Plumb, Hugh Plumb)
MATT PLUMB TALKS SEBRING: “We learned a lot when we raced here last year, but Sebring is always a different animal when you come back,” said driver and Team Manager Matt Plumb. “It’s a rough track, without a lot of mechanical grip. In the limited time we had at the test, we learned enough to make us feel good for when we come back for the race. The Rum Bum guys are always working in the right direction – they’re never complacent with what we have.”
Promoter Test Day
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Practice 1
2:50 PM – 3:35 PM Practice 2
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Qualifying
12:20 PM – 2:50 PM Race