DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — official report — IMSA photo —
Defending BMW Performance 200 winner Hugh Plumb took the first step towards giving Rum Bum Racing its fourth Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory at Daytona by winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the Grand Sport (GS) class.
Plumb ran a lap of 2:12.492 (96.730 mph) in the No. 13 Run Bum Studios/Billfish Foundation Porsche 911 co-driven by his brother, Matt.
“The conditions have been constantly changing through each practice because it’s been drying, then raining, then drying,” said Plumb after accepting the Total Pole Award. “In qualifying, it was pretty much a downpour so each corner was just adapting and reacting to what was potentially coming at you. You would just keep trying to go faster, step over the boundary and learn how far you could push it. Then, you’d get to the next corner and it’d be even wetter!”
Rum Bum Racing also scored the pole at Daytona in 2011 and went on to lead 28 laps en route to victory.
“The Porsche is good here,” Plumb added. “We’ve had a set up we’ve used for the last few of our races here at Daytona and that’s always seemed to work well for us. Everybody at Rum Bum just does an incredible job and exactly what they have to do.”
Elliott Skeer took his second Street Tuner (ST) TOTAL Pole Award in two career Continental Tire Challenge races, running 2:17.340 (93.316 mph) in the No. 8 Rebel Rock Racing Borla/Urban Grid/Euro Classic Porsche Cayman co-driven by 2015 GS champion Robin Liddell.
Skeer, the 2015 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama champion and a past IMSA Scholarship recipient, made his only previous Continental Tire Challenge start at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014. For that race, he won the pole and finished second for CJ Wilson Racing.
Also on the ST front row will be Mark Pombo, who qualified second in the first Daytona appearance of MINI’s top-of-the-line John Cooper Works entry. He co-drives the No. 37 MINI USA machine with Ethan Low.
IMSA Communications and Rum Bum Racing contributed to this report.