Rum Bum Racing’s Matt Plumb Joins Turner Motorsport for Rolex 24
Rum Bum Racing’s Matt Plumb, who burst onto the scene as he used BMW power to charge to the front of the pack in his first-ever Daytona Prototype start in the race, will return to the famed Rolex 24 At Daytona this month when he joins Turner Motorsport as the team debuts the new No. 94 BMW M3 to open the 2011 GRAND AM Rolex Sports Car Series season.
Plumb, who scored a Daytona International Speedway race victory in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing BMW M3 in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition last year, went on to take three wins in the ten-race season as the rookie Rum Bum Racing squad helped to push BMW to the top of the Manufacturer Championship standings.
Once again strapping in to Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class machinery, Plumb will share driving duties throughout the prestigious 24-hour sports car endurance race with teammates Bill Auberlen, Boris Said, and Paul Dalla Lana.
Plumb’s three teammates joined together for the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona and brought home a top-10 finish when the No. 94 BMW M6 crossed the finish line in the eighth position in the team’s first-ever start in the grueling event. With the addition of Plumb to the driver line-up, Turner Motorsport looks to capitalize on the experience and talent of a dream team of drivers behind the wheel.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to run the Rolex 24 with Turner Motorsport,” said Plumb. “It is going to be a busy weekend for me, going back and forth between the Rum Bum Racing effort in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the Rolex Sports Car Series BMW M3 with Turner, but I couldn’t be more excited and I’m grateful to get the call to be a part of it. Hopefully we can get a strong start to 2011 with a couple of podiums in two different BMW’s!”
Along with his teammates, Plumb ran plenty of laps at the “Roar Before the 24”, a three-day test session held at Daytona International Speedway earlier this month. The four drivers ran at the top of the speed charts throughout most of the eight practice sessions and the team hopes to carry that speed into the Rolex 24 race weekend.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona festivities kick off with a full day of practice and qualifying on Thursday, January 27. The green flag is set to drop for the 24-hour race on Saturday, January 29 at 3:30 PM ET. Race coverage begins at 2:00PM ET on SPEED.