DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official series release – Daytona International Speedway photo –
One year ago, Matt Plumb was cruising with a comfortable lead in the BMW Performance 200, only to suffer a heartbreaking mechanical problem with four laps remaining. Plumb found himself in the same position on Friday. This time, there was no letdown, with Rum Bum Racing winning its third Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Daytona International Speedway.
Plumb joined his brother Hugh in the No. 13 Rum Bum Porsche 911. He teamed with Gian Luis Bacardi in winning the 2010 season opener in a BMW M3 in the team’s first event, and returned to win in a BMW with Nick Longhi in 2011.
Robin Liddell finished second in the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R started by Andrew Davis, 6.972 seconds behind, followed by Lawson Aschenbach in Stevenson’s No. 9 Camaro co-driven by Matt Bell. Defending Grand Sport (GS) champion Trent Hindman placed fourth in the No. 46 Fall-Line – Motorsports BMW M3 started by new co-driver and 2014 BMW Performance 200 winner Ashley Freiberg.
Rennsport One made a strong statement in its Continental Tire Challenge debut. Luis Rodriguez Jr. – also running in the series for the first time – joined veteran Spencer Pumpelly in taking the Street Tuner (ST) victory in the No. 17 RS1 Porsche Cayman.
The team was running 1-2 in the closing laps, with Adam Isman passing Pumpelly for the lead with two laps remaining. However, Isman ran out of fuel in the run to the checkered flag in the No. 18 RS1 Cayman started by Jon Miller.