Ruhlman Qualifies in Fast Five for Sunday's Trans-Am 100 at Infineon Raceway Sonoma, Calif. (June 26, 2004) Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman is well on his way to a top finish at the Motorock Trans-Am Series weekend at Infineon with a Fast...
Ruhlman Qualifies in Fast Five for Sunday's Trans-Am 100 at Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, Calif. (June 26, 2004) Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman is well on his way to a top finish at the Motorock Trans-Am Series weekend at Infineon with a Fast Five qualifying position today. Ruhlman will be starting just behind his former teammate Greg Pickett, pole sitter Boris Said and Tommy Kendall, all three previous Trans-Am champions.
Driving his #49 blue and white Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette, Ruhlman qualified with a time of 1:15.856 for Sunday's 100-mile race on the 10 turn, 1.968-mile short course at Infineon Raceway. The late afternoon qualifying session, following the NASCAR Southwest Tour race, presented times that were considerably slower than the two morning practice sessions, where Ruhlman was fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Infineon Raceway weekend features a double-header race with the Motorock Tires Trans-Am Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup each running races on Sunday afternoon. The Trans-Am Series takes the grid at approximately 4:15 PM PDT Sunday, June 27th. Television will be on HD Net and delayed coverage on Spike TV's show "Dangerous Curves".
"The track was in pretty bad shape from the NASCAR Southwest Tour race just before us, but our race tomorrow will follow the Cup race, so I think it will probably be the same. We had third for almost all of qualifying, but Greg and Tommy caught us at the very end. We had already done enough laps and the key here is going to be, not using up your tires too quickly,. We are in a good place to start this race," comments Ruhlman. "All of us up front know this track well, so it will be interesting. I am here to be on the podium and to win races and am determined to make that happen. We did serve notice that we are back in form last weekend in Portland. This weekend we are ready and I think it shows. The car is doing really well. And I am looking forward to racing tomorrow."
Randy Ruhlman will be making his 139th career start in the Trans-Am Series. Ruhlman began his racing career at Infineon Raceway, not only going to SCCA Driver's School, but also 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.