Ruhlman Continues Streak, Finishes Second at Road America Trans-Am Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (August 7, 2004) --Starting from the pole, top Corvette driver Randy Ruhlman dominated the first 18 laps of the 25 lap Trans-Am race at Road America in his ...
Ruhlman Continues Streak, Finishes Second at Road America Trans-Am
Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (August 7, 2004) --Starting from the pole, top Corvette driver Randy Ruhlman dominated the first 18 laps of the 25 lap Trans-Am race at Road America in his Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette. Ruhlman was eventually overtaken by the race winner, former Champion Tommy Kendall in a Rocketsports Jaguar on Lap 19. Round Seven of the Motorock Trans-Am Series went under caution late on Lap 20 and finished under a disappointing yellow without resuming racing.
Today's second place gives Ruhlman his third podium of the year, having finished second in Toronto, and third at Infineon. Ruhlman gained vaulable Championship points this weekend for his efforts. He won additional points for winning the pole, for leading a lap, and for leading the most laps. Ruhlman is currently tied for third in the points with Jorge Diaz, just nine points from Gentilozzi in the lead. Ruhlman is also just two points from Kendall in second.
Ruhlman laughingly commented at the post race press conference, "I had a great car today and we were running well. Alot of times you don't have fun running alone in a race, well I was having ALOT of fun running alone. As a matter of fact, I could have done with a several more laps without seeing Tommy Kendall. We had a good time, it was alot of fun, but Tommy was closing in. We made just a couple of mistakes out there, and it was enought to give him that edge. And out here that is all it takes, you have run a perfect game when you are running against guys like Tommy and the Jags. We will get it together and come back strong at Denver next week."
"This weekend and the last few races have been a big boost for us. We were very disappointed at the beginning of the year with a couple of mechanicals: two really bad races. I mean basically DNF's, at Long Beach and Portland. And to be back up in the points battle, fighting for the Championship and coming off a strong race here, we are looking forward to Denver and trying to keep this points race close. And try as hard as we can to keep that Corvette up front," finished Ruhlman.
The start was Ruhlman's 144th in Trans-Am. In finishes so far this season, Ruhlman has two seconds, a third and two fourth in five straight races. He is the leading Corvette driver in the Series and has scored Corvette's highest finish of the year. The race was televised LIVE on HDNet and a highlight show will be broadcast on SPIKE TV on August 15th at 10 AM EDT.
Randy Ruhlman finished sixth overall in 2003 in the Drivers' Championship in a Derhaag Motorsports Corvette. He 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". Randy Ruhlman is fifth overall in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history.
Ruhlman's Chevrolet Corvette is fielded this year by the Minneapolis-based, Derhaag Motorsports, 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.