Miami, FL (Sept 26) -- Randy Ruhlman, the 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" will attempt to defend his third place finish in last year's Trans-Am from the seventh qualifying position. Ruhlman is the highest finishing ...
Miami, FL (Sept 26) -- Randy Ruhlman, the 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" will attempt to defend his third place finish in last year's Trans-Am from the seventh qualifying position. Ruhlman is the highest finishing returning driver to the downtown Miami street course and is making his 136th start in Trans-Am this weekend. Ruhlman is currently sixth overall in points in the newly named MotoRock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires® Cup.
Ruhlman, who was third in yesterday's practice sessions, was disappointed with the seventh place starting position. "The car was just not as good as it was yesterday. I lost almost a full second in one section of the track, and had a really hard time getting the car to go fast. Some of it was the car, we are going to fix the push and the gearing a bit, but some of it was me, too. I really wanted to be up front and I probably just pushed the car too hard," said Ruhlman.
" The weather here is a big variable. It may rain late on Sunday, just when we run, so it may just be a survival race on the street course. If it stays dry, we may have to stay up front and then wait until the other guys burn down. A lot of us were really close in time in qualifying, and passing here is hard enough when you have a lot of speed on someone. With close cars, I am just going to have to bide my time and take advantage of the situation as it comes my way. Our car always is there at the end, so we will just have to see how it plays out," finishes Ruhlman.
The 4:30 EDT race is scheduled 87 laps of the 1.15-mile track, or 75 minutes. The Miami race will air on Speed, tape-delayed on Oct. 10 at 9PM EDT. Ruhlman is currently sixth in driver's championship points with two races remaining, just twenty points from fifth. He has moved steadily forward after a difficult start to the season. The MotoRock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires® Cup will travel for its final race to San Juan Puerto Rico on October 26th.
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Ruhlman's Chevrolet Corvette is fielded this year by the Minneapolis-based, Derhaag Motorsports team, led by former Trans-Am driver Jim Derhaag. Jim Derhaag himself made 150 starts as a driver in the Trans-Am Series before his successful move to full time ownership in 1998. The team has fielded many successful drivers, including top Trans-Am drivers Justin Bell, Kenny Wilden, Tony Ave, Dorsey Schroeder, Chris Neville and Darin Brassfield.