Ruhlman Ready to Redeem Himself at Trans-Am/NASCAR Weekend at Infineon Raceway
Greensboro, NC (June 24, 2003) - As the roar of the engines prepares to exhilarating fans at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman is ready to redeem himself on track in his #49 blue and white Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette. The weekend will feature a double-header race with the Motorock Tires Trans-Am Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup both running races on Sunday afternoon.
Ruhlman, who was extremely fast last weekend at Portland International Raceway, but forced to retire early with a motor failure, is returning back to his home track at Infineon Raceway and ready to prove at point. "We are here to be on the podium and to win races. I am determined to make that happen. Last week was hard, but we did serve notice that we are back in form. This weekend we are ready. A lot of us, Greg [Pickett], Boris [Said], Tommy [Kendall], and me, know this Infineon track well. I think with our new setup, we will have a great car again and be right there," comments Ruhlman.
"Setup in a TA car is always tricky, but this Infineon course can really bite you, and it did last year," said Ruhlman. "This course has always been one of the most challenging to get a good setup. The amount of rubber on the track is a factor, but even hour to hour, the sun and track change things so much, that what felt awful in one session, could be fine in another. We will try to be smart about making needed changes, rather than chasing the setup. And we have a much better baseline for the car, that I am confident we will have a top car."
Ruhlman started his racing career at this track, [formerly Sears Point Raceway], not only going to SCCA Driver's School here, but scoring track records in his first years in amateur Showroom Stock Corvette racing. Randy Ruhlman finished sixth overall in the Driver's Championship in 2003 in a Derhaag Motorsports Corvette and was seventh overall in 2002 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 sixth overall in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history.
The Trans-Am Series takes the grid at approximately 4:15 PM PDT Sunday, June 27th for their 100-mile race on the 10 turn, 1.968-mile short course, nestled in the scenic hilly terrain of the Sonoma Valley wine country. Qualifying and practice begin Saturday morning. Randy Ruhlman, , will be making his 139th career start in the Trans-Am series at Infineon Raceway. Television will be again on HD Net and delayed coverage on Spike TV's show "Dangerous Curves".