Portland: Randy Ruhlman race notes

RUHLMAN FINISHES SECOND AT PORTLAND, REMAINS TRANS-AM SERIES POINTS LEADER PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2005)--Randy Ruhlman took advantage of his starting position on the pole at Portland International Raceway by finishing second in Round 2 of...

RUHLMAN FINISHES SECOND AT PORTLAND, REMAINS TRANS-AM SERIES POINTS LEADER

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2005)--Randy Ruhlman took advantage of his starting position on the pole at Portland International Raceway by finishing second in Round 2 of the Trans-Am Series in the Rose City 100. Ruhlman ran a smart and fast race, while falling back early to third. Ruhlman allowed the top Jaguar drivers Greg Pickett and Paul Gentilozzi to battle it out up front and use up their cars, while Ruhlman kept close contact. Ruhlman set the fast lap of the race at a 1:14.591 and set a new track record at Portland International Raceway. Though Ruhlman, the winner of the Long Beach Grand Prix, was eventually run down by Portland race winner Klaus Graf, he remains firmly in the point's lead for the 2005 Driver's Championship

Ruhlman said in the post race interview, "This was a good day. The car preformed well in the race. We were chasing the car and track yesterday. We put on our race set up and figured if it stayed dry we would have a fast race car. I got a little anxious at the start, and Paul [Gentilozzi] ended up taking me at the beginning. We were able to stay with him, and I knew we were in good shape. Then, I saw a green and silver car in my mirror, and knew it was Klaus [Graf] coming. He got me when I bobbled in the Festival, and eventually he took the lead."

"I had a great battle with Greg Pickett out there again.  I felt
like we were battling again, just like Long Beach.  I just couldn't get to
Klaus at the end.  It is wonderful to go into our home track at Cleveland
next weekend in the points lead.  We have a strong program at Derhaag
Motorsports.  This is a great way to start the year," finished Ruhlman.

Ruhlman retains the Driver's Championship point's lead with 60 points, followed closely by Greg Pickett with 51 points and Graf with 50 points, respectively. Ruhlman scored his second consecutive podium finish today and his ninth consecutive top five finishes in Trans-Am.

The Rose City 100 Trans-Am race was held at 4PM PDT today, Saturday, June 18th. The race was 51 laps of the 1.952 mile 10 turn flat road course at Portland International Raceway for a distance of 100.164 miles. Television coverage will be on SPEED at 1PM EDT next Saturday, June 26th. The Trans-Am Series travels to Cleveland next weekend for Round 3 of the Trans-Am Series on Saturday June 26th.

Ruhlman finished third overall in the 2004 Trans-Am Driver's Championship, in a closely fought battle that saw the tightest points margin ever in Trans-Am history.

Last year, Ruhlman scored seven straight top five finishes, including three podiums: a second at Road America, another second at Toronto, and a third at Infineon. He was the pole sitter for the Road America race and sat on the front row for the Cleveland Grand Prix. Randy Ruhlman is fourth in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history.

Randy Ruhlman, the driver of the #49 Preformed Line Products Corvette in the Trans-Am Series, spent some of the time between races working with the Buckle Up America program to promote seat belt use. Ruhlman was the keynote speaker at the Cleveland House of Blues Kick-off of the Northeast Ohio "Click It or Ticket" campaign. The program was spearheaded by UHHS Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Outreach Program. Ruhlman also continues to work closely with the Lance Armstrong Foundation, especially in helping to promote the Tour de Road America on August 20th, to raise money for cancer survivorship.

-dr/rr-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Klaus Graf , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Greg Pickett