RACE: Ruman Racing Pocono summary 2008-08-21

AMY RUMAN IS 3-TIME NORTHEAST DIVISION CHAMP BOB RUMAN COMPETES IN SPEC RACER AT POCONO Munroe Falls, OH - Amy Ruman clinched the Northeast Division Title for the third year in a row this past weekend in the SCCA double National at Pocono ...

AMY RUMAN IS 3-TIME NORTHEAST DIVISION CHAMP
BOB RUMAN COMPETES IN SPEC RACER AT POCONO

Munroe Falls, OH - Amy Ruman clinched the Northeast Division Title for the third year in a row this past weekend in the SCCA double National at Pocono International Raceway, PA, as well as securing her fourth victory of the season. Bob Ruman raced in Spec Racer and made the top 15 in the second race.

Both races were hard fought for Amy Ruman, as the points race was tight between her and fellow competitor Jack Busch. Ruman was the fast car all weekend, qualifying on the pole for both races by two seconds over Busch. But Ruman fell short in race one on Saturday, taking second place as the checkered flag flew. As the race got underway, Busch got by Ruman at the start beating her to turn 1. Ruman fell in behind Busch and tried to be patient while she hounded him lap after lap. Around lap 6 Ruman dropped two wheels off track while coming out of the back straight chicane and hit a rut tossing the car sideways. She had to wait for the lapped traffic to go by before being able to continue. At that point, Ruman was 27 seconds down to Busch. She was on a mission to catch him and did so by the last lap of the race, gaining 3 seconds a lap on him. Ruman tried for a pass entering the final turns but was unable to get it done. Busch won by .769 seconds.

Sunday's race was a different story, Ruman dominated for the win. The start of the race was exciting as Busch and Ruman were side-by-side into turns one and two with Ruman edging ahead and taking the lead. She did not look back after that and she opened up a big lead of more than 10 seconds. Midway through the race, Busch fell out with a broken motor, leaving Scott Quaile to grab 2nd place.

"What a weekend!!" exclaimed Ruman. "I am so happy to bring home the NE Division Championship again in the #23 McNichols/Goodyear Corvette. I was really upset after Saturday's race when I made two mistakes, letting Jack get by me and then spinning. I knew we had a job to do on Sunday so I stayed focused because I had to get the win for the points race. I want to thank my sponsors for another great season, I couldn't do it without them."

Bob Ruman had a good weekend stepping into the #23 McNichols/Dynasty Motorsports Spec Racer. Qualifying 23rd and getting a feel for the car in Saturday's race, he finished 18th. On Sunday Ruman took home 15th moving up in a tight field from 24th.

"I had a great time this weekend," stated Ruman. "The Spec Racer class is always fun and competitive. Driving these cars is really a craft."

-credit: rumanracing.com

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Series SCCA
Drivers Bob Ruman , Jack Busch , Amy Ruman