Amy Ruman to race in Cleveland

OHIO NATIVE AMY RUMAN TO MAKE TRANS-AM DEBUT AT CLEVELAND CLEVELAND (June 23, 2005) -- Kent, Ohio native Amy Ruman will drive the No. 23 NcNichols/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette in this weekend's Trans-Am on the Tarmac, Round 3 of the 2005 Trans-Am...

OHIO NATIVE AMY RUMAN TO MAKE TRANS-AM DEBUT AT CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND (June 23, 2005) -- Kent, Ohio native Amy Ruman will drive the No. 23 NcNichols/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette in this weekend's Trans-Am on the Tarmac, Round 3 of the 2005 Trans-Am Series title chase and part of the Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank weekend. Ruman will substitute for her father and longtime Trans-Am competitor Bob Ruman in this weekend's race, while he recovers from a muscle strain.

Amy Ruman, who has raced in SCCA GT-1 competition since 2002, will compete in Trans-Am's GT-1 Driver Development Program here. In five years of SCCA Club Racing competition Ruman has won four GT-1 National events, including three straight this year, at BeaveRun, Mid-Ohio and Nelson Ledges, and leads the points in her division.

"It's definitely going to be exciting to make my Trans-Am debut here in Cleveland," said Ruman, whose sister Niki and mother Barb are also both accomplished SCCA racers. "I'm looking forward to this because it's my hometown race. It's just a thrill to be racing in my own backyard.

"Trans-Am racing is definitely the direction I've been heading," added Ruman, who has also competed twice in the SCCA Runoffs at Mid-Ohio with a best finish of fifth in 2003. "My dad's injury last week really sped up the process and here I am. I've been running GT-1 the last couple of the years, trying to get some experience so I could get to this point."

Trans-Am's GT-1 Driver Development Program was created to give aspiring GT-1 races an avenue in which to gain Trans-Am experience. The GT-1 Program recognizes the highest-finishing GT-1 competitor at each event during winner's circle festivities. The top-finishing GT-1 driver will also be invited to take part in post-race media interviews, and, when possible, will participate in television interviews. A separate press release will also be distributed, announcing the GT-1 winner. As in years past, the highest finishing GT-1 competitor in final driver points will also be honored as the GT-1 Champion. GT-1 competitors are also eligible for regular Trans-Am championship points, contingency monies and race awards.

The Trans-Am on the Tarmac is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, 2005. Saturday's race will air on tape-delayed basis, Sunday, July 3 at 3 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.

The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th consecutive year of competition in 2005.

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