RUMAN QUALIFIES 5TH AT SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS, BUT RACE DOES NOT GO AS PLANNED Munroe Falls, OH - After spending another week in Topeka, KS for the 2008 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Race last Sunday, GT-1 Northeast Division...
RUMAN QUALIFIES 5TH AT SCCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNOFFS, BUT RACE DOES NOT GO AS PLANNED
Munroe Falls, OH - After spending another week in Topeka, KS for the 2008 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Race last Sunday, GT-1 Northeast Division Champ Amy Ruman's dreams of earning the National title were cut short again during the race.
Out of the 18-car field, Ruman qualified the #23 McNichols/Goodyear/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette in 5th position on the grid. Some of the same players were back again, with Bill Gray qualifying on the pole, followed by Tony Ave in 2nd, Phil Simms in 3rd, Jim Goughary Jr. 4th, and Ruman in 5th.
The start was relatively uneventful, with everyone falling into place quickly. Ruman and RJ Lopez (who qualified 7th) had a good side-by-side battle going for 3 turns on lap 5, with Lopez edging ahead of Ruman. Ruman settled into 5th position for some laps (Simms fell out of the race early), and then on lap 12 as she was gaining on Goughary Jr. for 4th spot, Ruman all of the sudden was sent into a tailspin on the fastest part of the course - the front straight. Ruman came to a stop in the runoff area of turn 1, thinking she suffered a rear flat tire. She brought the car into the pits and the crew discovered the rear wing was missing! They decided to send her back out for the last few laps without the wing. Ruman posted a 14th place finish, 2 laps down. After a photo finish drag race to the line, Gray captured 1st, Ave 2nd, and Goughary 3rd.
"My bad luck at Topeka continued again this year. What can I say, we did everything we could to be on the podium and we had a freak thing happen to us. That's racing I guess. I am just really disappointed for my sponsors, fans, and team," stated Ruman. "I think I will get a "10" for the spin when everyone sees it on SPEED, I was lucky not to hit the wall."
"We think a weld failed on one of the wing mounts. I was so disappointed for Amy, she was running really well," exclaimed Bob Ruman, car owner and crew chief. "We will set our sights on the title again next year when the runoffs move to Road America."