Ruhlman finishes fifth at Mosport - wins Hard Charger Award. BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 19, 2002) -- The 2002 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued this weekend with the Victoria Day Trans-Am Series Weekend among the rolling hills in ...
Ruhlman finishes fifth at Mosport - wins Hard Charger Award.
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (May 19, 2002) -- The 2002 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued this weekend with the Victoria Day Trans-Am Series Weekend among the rolling hills in Northern Canada. Tom Gloy Racing drivers Randy Ruhlman and Butch Leitzinger took the green flag today for the second of 12 rounds in the 2002 Trans-Am Championship Series. Ruhlman, driving the Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette, finished fifth and Letizinger, driving the Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette, finished 18th.
Ruhlman's entry had two unusual mechanical problems on the first day of practice, but the veteran driver still managed to make a respectable qualifying run on the twisting road course, starting tenth. Moving up through the field, the Tom Gloy team made an early pit stop, but it naturally dropped him back as the rest field pitted at the same time. The Canadian countryside was unusually cool today and the tires took a few laps to heat up. Once that was done, Ruhlman took off moving steadily and improving his time; he was awarded the third fastest race lap. Ruhlman's fifth place finish makes this his fourth consecutive top-seven result.
"At the end of the race the car just kept better and better," said Ruhlman. "I made a rear bar adjustment and we really had a winning car. I have a lot of laps at Mosport but with only eight or nine laps of practiceI had a big job of ahead of me. Having Butch as a teammate helped. Butch and Buddy (Fey, the engineer) and the Tom Gloy crew really gave me a great car. Heading into Lime Rock, we're on a high -- we can do it. If we can get some track time, we have the team behind us; they are good and can do it. Lime Rock could be the start of some good things to come."
Leitzinger led the first eight laps but went off course while exiting the pit lane. The Tommy Bahamas entry was damaged. Leitzinger continued but finished 18th, three laps down. Leitzinger starting from the pole, the time set was faster than that posted by the Tom Gloy Racing team driver Ron Fellows in 1995, 1:18.212, 113.184 mph. Owner Tom Gloy won the pole at Mosport as a driver in 1981. Leitzinger teammate Ruhlman started the race 12th. Ruhlman was 5th in points before this event and Leitzinger was 11th in points. Drivers' championship points were not available at this posting but Ruhlman has moved up.
Tom Gloy Racing immediately travels to Lakeville, Conn. for Round Three, the Mohegun Sun Presents the Lime Rock Grand Prix on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The permanent 1.53-mile road course is located north of New York City. It will air live on SPEED Channel, 3 p.m. ET (live), check local listings. For more information on the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series go to: www.trans-amseries.com/index.html
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