Corvette Drivers Ron Fellows and Randy Ruhlman to Start Fourth and Sixth as Qualifying is Rained Out at Trois-Rivieres Trans-Am
Greensboro, NC (July 30, 2004) -- Top Corvette teammates Ron Fellows and Randy Ruhlman will be starting directly behind each other in tomorrow's 100-mile Motorock Trans-Am Series race at Trois-Rivieres in fourth and sixth position. Qualifying was cancelled and both of today's on track sessions changed to practice sessions, as heavy rains pounded the tight temporary street course at Trois-Rivieres. The starting order was determined from combined times from yesterday's practice sessions.
Two week's ago, Randy Ruhlman and Ron Fellows finished second and third at Toronto and the two Corvette drivers look to surpass that double podium finish with a first and second at Trois Rivieres. Randy Ruhlman is currently third in the Drivers' Championship points race and the top Corvette driver in the Trans-Am Series. Ruhlman is going into the Trois-Rivieres Trans-Am race with an impressive string of top finishes, having scored a second place finish in Toronto, a fourth at Cleveland, and another podium, a third, at Infineon Raceway. The second at Toronto by Ruhlman gave Corvette its highest finish thus far in the 2004 Trans-Am Series season.
Randy Ruhlman is also returning this weekend to defend his repeat Trois Rivieres podium finishes. Ruhlman finished second at Trois Rivieres in 2002 and third in last year's Trans-Am race driving the blue and white #49 Preformed Line Products Canada/Coyote Closure Corvette.
Ruhlman is joined on the Derhaag Motorsports team for the second time this year by top Corvette factory driver and Canadian Ron Fellows. Fellows rejoins Ruhlman for a second two-car Corvette assault on the Jaguars on the very fast, tight street course. Fellows is a two time winner at Trois Rivieres (1995 and 1996), and Ruhlman was part of the one-two Corvette finish at Trois Rivieres in 2002 with his teammate at Tom Gloy Racing, Butch Leitzinger.
The 66 lap, 100.32 mile Motorock Trans-Am race will be run on Sunday, August 1st at 3:45PM EDT. The track is a 1.52-mile, nine turn temporary street course located in the town of Trois Rivieres, about an hour east of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Le Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres will be Ruhlman's 143rd start in Trans-Am. Ruhlman is currently third in the Drivers' Championship points after Round Five of the Motorock Trans-Am Series at Toronto. Ruhlman is just sixteen points behind leader Paul Gentilozzi and fourteen points from Diaz in second. A win in Trans-Am is worth 30 points, second 27, third 25, fourth 23, fifth 21, and down by one point from there. A bonus point is available for leading a lap, winning the qualifying pole and for leading the most laps in a race.
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. The team has fielded many successful drivers, including top Trans-Am drivers Justin Bell, Kenny Wilden, Tony Ave, Dorsey Schroeder, and Darin Brassfield.