In a season where everything seems to be going right for Rum Bum Racing, co-drivers Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb picked up their series-leading fourth victory of the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in the Continental Tire 150 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday afternoon.
Driving the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche Carrera, Plumb claimed the lead from Gunter Schaldach on Lap 40 of the 59-lap event. He held the lead through two late-race restarts following full-course caution periods and held off a charging Lawson Aschenbach on the final lap to win by 0.318 seconds.
“It’s just a team that is working together right now and there is some luck involved,” said Longhi. “We’re not crazy enough to think that it’s all about us, because the level of competition at this point is unbelievable. You have to be perfect and you have to get the strategy perfect.”
The victory moved Plumb and Longhi into the lead in the Grand Sport driver standings by one point over John Farano and David Empringham, 193-192, with three races remaining on the 2012 CTSCC schedule. Aschenbach and co-driver Eric Curran came home second in the No. 01 CKS Autosport Chevrolet Camaro GS.R, with Farano and Empringham third in the No. 83 Tower Events Grandstand Seating & Hospitality Sales Porsche Carrera.
Next up for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is the series’ inaugural race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, July 27.