Trois-Rivieres: Randy Ruhlman preview

Ruhlman set to defend 2nd place finish at Trois Rivieres Trans-Am Greensboro, NC (July 30) -- The 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" Randy Ruhlman returns this weekend to defend his second place finish at the street course...

Ruhlman set to defend 2nd place finish at Trois Rivieres Trans-Am

Greensboro, NC (July 30) -- The 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" Randy Ruhlman returns this weekend to defend his second place finish at the street course in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. Ruhlman, the highest finishing driver returning from last year, is poised to take his first win at Trois Rivieres, one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.

Ruhlman, who finished second last year at Trois Rivieres to his Tom Gloy Racing Corvette teammate Butch Leitzinger, is ready to take the next step and get his first win at Trois-Rivieres in his familiar blue and white #49 Preformed Line Products Canada/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette. Ruhlman calls Trois-Rivieres, "overall one of my favorite tracks and venues in the Trans-Am Series".

"Whether it's the track, or the excitement the city generates, this race is always one that I look forward to year after year. We have always been fast here and have always run well, even if we have had our share of final lap disappointments. Last year was a truly great moment in my racing career with Butch and me on the podium together. And that is a factor too, confidence breeds confidence. I know I can win a race, and I know I can do well here," states Ruhlman.

"We did some significant testing in the Corvette at Omaha last week and learned a great deal," continues Ruhlman. "We went a lot faster and had a much better car than we had, even at Cleveland. There, I believe, we had a podium car, but I managed to get into every incident around, so we had to settle for sixth. For Trois-Rivieres, Jim Derhaag and the team have been working exceptionally hard to try to improve the car. This test showed what we are capable of doing."

"I have a great deal of faith in this car now and in what I can do with it," remarks Randy Ruhlman. "We have a fantastic team and we are growing together. I can't say enough about the efforts they have made to get us up front. I have confidence in what I can do at Trois Rivieres, and I am confident that the car is ready to be in the Winner's Circle."

Ruhlman has moved steadily forward in overall driver's championship points and is currently seventh at the halfway point in the season. The race at Trois-Rivieres will be the 133rd start for the Greensboro, North Carolina driver in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup.

The 66-lap, 100 mile Trans-Am race will be run on Saturday, August 2nd at 1PM and televised LIVE on SPEED channel at 1 PM 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.

The Trans-Am series took several weeks off from official racing before beginning this August swing of races that begins with Le Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres on August 2nd. This race is followed by Road America on the 24th, and immediately to Denver with CART on August 31st.

Preformed Line Products Canada is looking forward to entertaining its guests and long time supporters at the Saturday race at Trois Rivieres. Preformed Line Products Canada is located in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Ruhlman's Chevrolet Corvette is fielded this year by the Minneapolis-based, Derhaag Motorsports team, 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, Chris Neville and Darin Brassfield.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Randy Ruhlman , Dorsey Schroeder , Darin Brassfield