Rum Bum Wins at Homestead

The No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997 driven by Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi en route to a victory in Saturday’s Kia 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (photo courtesy: Chris Green, Homestead-Miami Speedway)

Forced to the back of the Grand Sport starting grid after winning the pole due to a technical infraction, Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi drove from last to first to win Saturday’s Kia 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It was the second consecutive victory for the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997, with the team unbeaten since switching from a BMW M3.

David Empringham finished second in the No. 83 BGB Motorsports Porsche Carrera started by John Farano, 2.031 seconds back, followed by Andrew Aquilante and pole sitter Bret Spaude in the No. 35 Subaru Road Racing Team Subaru WRX-STI.

Martin Jensen prevailed in a back-and-forth battle to win in the Street Tuner class, driving the No. 18 Insight Racing BMW 128i started by 2011 Kia 200 winner Ryan Ellis. Coconut Creek resident Pierre Kleinubing finished second in the No. 31 i-MOTO Mazda Speed 3 started by Jayson Clunie. Florida International University student and Miami native Andrew Carbonell charged from seventh to third in the closing minutes to put the No. 26 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 started by Rhett O’Doski on the podium.

Rain canceled qualifying for Sunday’s Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, putting the championship contenders together at the front of the field with points leader and Ft. Lauderdale-based Starworks Motorsport on the pole in the Daytona Prototype class. The championship-leading No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Ford of Enzo Potolicchio and Ryan Dalziel the pole for tomorrow's two-hour and 45-minute race. 

John Potter and Andy Lally will start from the Grand Touring class pole in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche by virtue of leading the point standings. The No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche of Leh Keen and Andrew Davis will roll off second, Parkland resident Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 will start third. 

Teams will have a 30-minute practice tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. EST, prior to the start of the Grand Prix of Miami, which will run rain or shine.

Adult tickets for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Miami are $40, and kids 12 & under are FREE. In addition, all tickets (adult and children) include paddock access, parking is FREE, and fans are welcome to bring in their own food and drink in coolers measuring as large as 14x14x14. For tickets and more information, visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.
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