Randy Ruhlman Qualifies Second for Motorock Trans-Am at Cleveland Grand Prix Cleveland, OH (July 1, 2004) Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman qualified second for tomorrow's Motorock Trans-Am Series race at the Cleveland Grand Prix. Ruhlman, ...
Randy Ruhlman Qualifies Second for Motorock Trans-Am at Cleveland Grand Prix
Cleveland, OH (July 1, 2004) Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman qualified second for tomorrow's Motorock Trans-Am Series race at the Cleveland Grand Prix. Ruhlman, driving a Derhaag Motorsports Preformed Line Products/ Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette, qualified with a time of 1:14.645, just 0.179 seconds behind pole sitter Tommy Kendall in a Rocketsports Jaguar. Tommy Drissi finished out the top three in another Rocketsports Jaguar.
Ruhlman commented at the post qualifying press, "This race is always a homecoming for me, having grown up in Cleveland, and having all sorts of family and friends here. This is also the corporate headquarters of our sponsor, Preformed Line Products, so it hold a lot of pressure, too. But it is good pressure. The kind that makes me want to go out and win."
"We have been on the front row before here in 2000 with the Aurora and it is always interesting at the start here. I am in a bit of a Jaguar sandwich here, but I think our Corvette is up to the challenge. No matter how many cars we have in the field it always seems like about 80 are trying to take up the space of two at the start. I am looking towards the end of the race, so I think I will try to make the first turn, by being smart," continued Ruhlman.
"After our third place finish at Sonoma Sunday evening, the crew guys had a great trip back, even thought they drove 52 hours straight through to be here yesterday. Our confidence in the car is growing every week, and that grows on itself. The car does well, I feel good and confident, the crew then feels great, and it just expands on itself. The changes we began on the car last year and have been developing through this year are really beginning to pay off. The car feels strong and neutral, and I have great confidence in it and in what I can do with it now. It is going to be fun out there tomorrow. I hope to see what Tommy Kendall has, and then be there in First at the finish line," ends Ruhlman.
There will be a pre-race practice session will be at 11:30 on Friday. The cars scheduled to take the green flag at 5 PM on the 48 lap, 100 mile race on the 10 turn, 2.106 mile track.
The Cleveland Grand Prix will be Ruhlman 140th starting Trans-Am. Ruhlman is currently eighth in points going into this Round Four of the Motorock Trans-Am Series, after his third place finish at Infineon Raceway in California last week. Ruhlman finished sixth at Cleveland in 2003, and has been on the front row in qualifying here at the Burke airport track.