Brothers Matt and Hugh Plumb co-drove the Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911 to victory in Friday’s BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway, the season-opening race for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
The Plumbs started second in the field of 56 production-based sports cars. They claimed the Grand Sports class and overall title, beating the second-place Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R of Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis by 6.972 seconds. The duo of Lawson Aschenbach and Matt Bell, also in a Camaro, rounded out the podium.
For Matt Plumb, it was a third Daytona victory. For his brother, it was a Daytona breakthrough.
“And it was business as usual for our guys,” Matt said. “The pit work, the strategy, the preparation – all of that was at the top of the charts. Hugh and I had to just do our job and not let them down.”
The Street Tuner class was won by Luis Rodriguez Jr. and Spencer Pumpelly in a Porsche Cayman. Finishing second were Jeff Mosing, Eric Foss and Justin Piscitell, also in a Cayman; the ST podium was completed by Ted Giovanis and David Murry who co-drove a BMW 328i.
The No. 60 Honda HPD/Ligier JS P2 prototype of Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian completed a “sweep” of pre-Rolex 24 At Daytona on-track action Friday, with AJ Allmendinger posting the fastest lap – 127.046 mph/1:40.877. On Thursday, the No. 60 led all three practices sessions, dominance sandwiched around Ozz Negri taking the pole for the 53rd running of the Rolex 24. Negri and Allmendinger are joined by co-driver John Pew and Matt McMurry this weekend.
Prior to this weekend, the two Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates cars entered were considered overwhelming favorites given the all-star flavor of the two respective driver lineups. In Friday’s last practice, the Ganassi No. 02 Ford EcoBoost/DP was second-fastest (126.635/1:41.204) with former Indianapolis 500 champion Scott Dixon the wheel-man. Dixon, former DAYTONA 500 champion Jamie McMurray, 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and another past Indy 500 champ, Tony Kanaan, are in the No. 02. A “super team” to say the least.
Kanaan has his eyes on a race victory – and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona awarded winners.“Aside from the prestige of the race, I’m a big fan of watches,” Kanaan said. “I collect watches and bought my own Daytona a few years ago and I still have it; to win the race and get an extra one would be the top. Winning one of the most prestigious events in history and getting a watch too – that’s pretty cool.”
Saturday’s Rolex 24 rolls off at 2:10 p.m. ET (TV - FOX Sports). Tickets are available for purchase on-line at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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