Mid-Ohio: Southard Motorsports race report

Southard Motorsports completes successful weekend at Mid-Ohio Lexington, OH (June 27, 2007) -- Southard Motorsports made a huge impression at Saturday's Emco Gears Classic presented by Key Bank Daytona Prototype race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car...

Southard Motorsports completes successful weekend at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH (June 27, 2007) -- Southard Motorsports made a huge impression at Saturday's Emco Gears Classic presented by Key Bank Daytona Prototype race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as it introduced the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to the racing scene. Drivers Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman piloted the No. 3 Preformed Line Products Lexus Riley through power steering problems to finish fifteenth in the 400K race. But the spotlight was on the Southard Motorsports team, as they embodied the saying "Success isn't always measured on the track."

Southard Motorsports recently formed an alliance with The Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption. The team entertained over 100 guests of the charity at the track, while another 150 guests of sponsor, Cleveland-based Preformed Line Products, enjoyed the race from their corporate hospitality suite. Introducing the organization to the racing community with a weekend full of unique opportunities, adopted families and guests had the opportunity to meet the drivers and team and take part in a never to be forgotten experience. Several adoptive families, as well as Foundation executives wore special blue Dave Thomas shirts, as they paraded out onto the track carrying the starting grid banners. Robin Campbell, system communications manager for the Foundation, got the race started with "Drivers, start your engines" and Rita Soronen, the Foundation's executive director, was in the starter's stand and waved the green flag.

On the driving front, Lewis and Ruhlman hoped to capitalize on their experience at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the No. 3 Preformed Line Products Lexus Riley for Round Seven of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, but their driving experience proved needed in a different way. Lewis, and then Ruhlman, were called to use their physical strength to hustle the car around the 2.258-mile, 15-turn road course track, when the power steering failed early in the first stint of the two and one-half hour 250-mile EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank.

The team hopes to continue building on the many successes of the weekend at Mid-Ohio as it heads next to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida for the Brumos Porsche 250. Round Eight of the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype series will be held on Thursday, July 5th, as part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Pepsi 400 weekend. Television coverage of the Grand-Am race will be on the SPEED Channel and can be seen on Live from Daytona on Thursday, July 5th at 8 p.m.

-credit: sm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Randy Ruhlman