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    Default Grand Am: Rum Bum Switches to Porsches.

    I thought this was interesting.

    Will Switch to Porsche Make Rum Bum Racing Even More Competitive?


    With six victories, 10 podium finishes and two seasons in the top five in points, Rum Bum Racing has set the bar very high in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.
    Despite a much-envied record of success, the Florida-based organization is looking to be even more competitive, and next weekend’s Barber 200 at Barber Motorsports Park will see the squad debut a new Porsche Carrera in Round 2 of the 2012 championship.
    Since first taking to the track in GRAND-AM competition, the Joe Varde-led team broke onto the scene with a remarkable run to victory at Daytona International Speedway in 2010 with Gian Luis Bacardi sharing the driving duties with Matt Plumb.
    When Bacardi moved on to focus on his studies later in the season, Nick Longhi was drafted in to take to the controls of the unforgettably-liveried BMW M3. But no matter what the driving line up, the team was strong all season long, collecting three victories on the way to fifth in the championship. The huge late season surge also saw the team help BMW secure the GRAND-AM Manufacturer Championship.
    In 2011, it was much the same as the team opened by winning at Daytona, showed strength all year long and once again played a key role in BMW securing the GRAND-AM Manufacturer Championship despite a series of bad-luck racing incidents that kept Rum Bum Racing from fighting for the Team Championship.
    The move to the Porsche platform will see the team target more speed and points, and taps directly into the passion that is Rum Bum Racing, Luis Bacardi’s motorsports focus.
    “We’ve had a great relationship with everyone at BMW and the M3 is a very capable machine -we know they will be hard to beat,” Plumb said. “But this is an exciting move for the team, and we are very optimistic about the potential that we see with this new Porsche.”
    After opening the year with a run to fifth at Daytona, the timing was right for the group to make the switch.
    “We started on the right foot with a solid run in Daytona, and now we just want to learn this car, get up to speed quickly, put ourselves in position to make up some ground in the championship, and get our momentum going,” said Plumb. “There were some races last year where we were dealt some pretty bad racing luck. There is only so much you can do to appease the racing gods of course, but we know that having a quick car and bringing home consistent, strong finishes is what is going to put us in position for the championship at Lime Rock. Hopefully this new Porsche will be a part of making that happen.”
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    So there already is a 991 Cup car or equivalent?
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    I guess so, that's part of why I thought it was interesting.
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    I was just fooling around with "build your own Porsche" on the official website, and I got a 991 S up to more than $130,000 with options most enthusiasts would want.
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    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR 6-MT - when I need a backseat, 4-doors, or a real trunk, and still want to haul ass . . .

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    What does a basic 997 GT-3 go for? Is there pricing for 991 GT-3s?
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    The 997 GT-3 RS 4.0 is $185,000. I think that's the only GT-3 available now, but I'm not sure about that. The only 991 models available now are base coupe and cabriolet, and S coupe and cabriolet. I don't think the 4-wheel drive version is out yet, and certainly not the Turbo.
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    2006 Porsche 997 Carerra Coupe 6-MT - daily driver
    1992 Honda (Acura) NSX 5-MT - classic investment I couldn't resist and occasionally drive
    2004 Honda S2000 AP2 6-MT - my last track day car (FOR SALE or not, depending on how I feel when I fall out of bed tomorrow morning)
    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR 6-MT - when I need a backseat, 4-doors, or a real trunk, and still want to haul ass . . .

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    I didnt see that coming.

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