Cleveland, Ohio (Nov 15, 2004)--When the racecar season is over, the work can be just beginning for some drivers, not only in preparing for the next season, but in continuing to help work with their long-term sponsors. For Randy Ruhlman, the driver of the #49 Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette in the Motorock Trans Am Series, his off season schedule recently included attending two sponsor service awards ceremonies, one in Albemarle, North Carolina and the other this past Saturday night in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ruhlman, whose sponsor, Preformed Line Products, is headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio in suburban Cleveland, was on hand Saturday evening to help celebrate and mark the service given to Preformed by a diverse group of employees of the company. Randy Ruhlman and his wife, Cristi, also attended the awards dinner for the Albemarle, North Carolina manufacturing plant in mid October. At both awards celebrations accolades were presented for as many as 40 years of service to Preformed Line Products.
Ruhlman, a top driver in the Trans-Am series in the Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Corvette, runs for Derhaag Motorsports and is active in not only sponsor activities in the "off season", but he has made a commitment to local and national children's charities. His charitable contributions include an increasingly active role in supporting the Lance Armstrong Foundation and with Children's charities throughout the country, especially in Cleveland with the Rainbo Babies and Children's Hospital and their outreach programs.
Ruhlman took third in the 2004 Trans-Am Series Drivers Championship after a hotly contested battle for the Championship. The 2004 season saw past Champions Paul Gentilozzi, Tommy Kendall, and Ruhlman fight it out for the Driver's Championship in the closest points battle ever in Trans-Am history. Ruhlman was consistently fast in his #49 Preformed Line Products/ Coyote Closure Corvette this year, having scored seven straight, top five finishes, including three podiums: a second at Road America, another second at Toronto, and a third at Infineon. Additionally, Ruhlman was the pole sitter for the Road America race.
Randy Ruhlman is fifth overall in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history. He finished sixth overall in 2003 in the Driver's Championship in a Derhaag Motorsports Corvette. Ruhlman was seventh overall in 2002 while driving for Tom Gloy Racing, with a second (and a 3rd in 2003) at Trois Rivieres and third at Miami. Ruhlman was awarded the 2002 BBS Wheels "Most Improved Driver of the Year".
Ruhlman's Chevrolet Corvette is fielded by the Minneapolis-based Derhaag Motorsports, led by former Trans-Am driver Jim Derhaag. Derhaag himself made 150 starts as a driver in the Trans-Am Series before his successful move to full time ownership in 1998.
Preformed Line Products (PLP) is an international manufacturer and supplier of hardware and support systems for the communications and energy industries. Products include the COYOTE Closure and GUY-GRIP Dead-End used in the telecommunications, cable and energy industries. Manufacturing facilities are located worldwide in the USA, Canada, China, Brazil, Mexico, England, Spain, South Africa, Australia and Japan.