WATKINS GLEN SCCA NATIONAL: AMY RUMAN SECURES THE POLE IN BIG GT-1 FIELD, BUT ENGINE TROUBLES END EFFORT EARLY NIKI RUMAN FINISHES 21ST AND BOB RUMAN 33RD IN SPEC RACER Watkins Glen, NY - It was truly an up and down weekend for Ruman ...
WATKINS GLEN SCCA NATIONAL: AMY RUMAN SECURES THE POLE IN BIG GT-1 FIELD, BUT ENGINE TROUBLES END EFFORT EARLY
NIKI RUMAN FINISHES 21ST AND BOB RUMAN 33RD IN SPEC RACER
Watkins Glen, NY - It was truly an up and down weekend for Ruman Racing at the SCCA National at Watkins Glen International, NY.
Amy Ruman came on very strong in a deep GT-1 field of 12 cars, which included actor/racer Paul Newman, former GT-1 division champion Jack Busch, Trans-Am driver Simon Gregg, as well as Bill Thumel, among others. Ruman, in the #23 McNichols Corvette, dominated in the first qualifying session on Saturday morning, setting the time to beat at 1.52.601 in traffic, .092 seconds under the track record she set last year. In the second session on Saturday, SCCA officials broke out the GT-1 and GT-2 cars to qualify separately from the rest of the other classes in the very large group, but still, no one was able to beat the time Ruman set during the morning session. Unfortunately, Ruman had engine trouble on the very first lap of the second qualifying session and then again in Sunday's pre-race warm-up. Ruman was unable to start in Sunday's race, due to the engine problems. It was Ruman's 5th pole position of the season and she was going for her 4th consecutive victory.
"We tried very hard to make the race, but it just wasn't meant to be," said a disappointed Ruman. "We broke two engines this weekend and just didn't have a third bullet to put in the car. I know we would have been very strong in the race, but I was also looking forward to the great competition. The Glen is a favorite track of mine and I know we would have been part of a great show. We came off an easy win at BeaveRun and then into a tough weekend here at the Glen, and that's how racing goes sometimes!"
In the Spec Racer event, Ruman Racing ended up fielding two entries, Niki Ruman and Bob Ruman. Niki Ruman, in her #23 rumanracing.com/Dynasty Motorsports Spec Racer, qualified 29th in the 46 car field and moved up to finish 21st. Bob Ruman, surprised everyone by jumping into a Spec Racer on Friday declaring he couldn't stay off the track this weekend! Ruman, the team owner, competed in a Hagerman RacEngineering Spec Racer and finished 33rd.
Amy Ruman continues to lead the GT-1 Northeast Division points chase.
Next up: July 29, Amy Ruman in GT-1 at Nelson's Ledges Road Course SCCA National, OH