Randy Ruhlman Returns to Cleveland Grand Prix "The Roar by the Shore" Cleveland, OH (July 1, 2004) Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman returns to his hometown to compete in the 23rd annual Grand Prix of Cleveland, "The Roar By the Shore". Fresh...
Randy Ruhlman Returns to Cleveland Grand Prix "The Roar by the Shore"
Cleveland, OH (July 1, 2004) Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman returns to his hometown to compete in the 23rd annual Grand Prix of Cleveland, "The Roar By the Shore". Fresh from a podium finish in last week's Trans-Am at Infineon Raceway, Ruhlman looks for a repeat this week at this Burke airport track. The Trans-Am cars will be racing at 5 PM on Friday July 2nd.
Practice for the Trans-Am cars begins at 1:15PM on Thursday, with a qualifying session scheduled for 6:15PM. A Friday pre-race practice session will be held at 11:30, with the cars scheduled to take the green flag for the 48 lap, 2.106 mile track at 5 PM. Along with the Trans-Am cars, the weekend will feature Champ Cars, Formula Atlantic and Formula BMW cars.
Ruhlman has already been busy this week with pre-race activities. Wednesday, Ruhlman appeared at the pre-race Press Conference held at the Coast Guard Station near Burke Airport, and later made an appearance and signed autographs at the Fan Fest held Wednesday night in Cleveland's revitalized Warehouse District.
During the weekend, Ruhlman will also be signing autographs and meeting customers and employees of his sponsor, Preformed Line Products, a local Cleveland company. Randy will be appearing at Preformed's hospitality chalet on Friday from 2-4PM and all day on Saturday. He will also be appearing again on WKNR SportsTalk Cleveland hosted from the track by Frank Reece. WKNR AM 850, is heard in twelve states and part of Canada. WKNR has the third largest sports listener audience in America.
The Cleveland Grand Prix will be Ruhlman 140th starting Trans-Am. After his third place finish in California last week, Ruhlman is currently eighth in points going into this Round Four of the Motorock Trans-Am Series. Ruhlman finished sixth at Cleveland in 2003, and has been on the front row in qualifying here at the Burke airport track.
Randy Ruhlman finished sixth overall in 2003 in the Driver's Championship in a Derhaag Motorsports Corvette and was seventh overall in 2002 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 sixth overall in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history.
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, and Darin Brassfield.