Ruhlman Ready for Tight Points Battle for 2004 Trans-Am Drivers' Championship Greensboro, NC (August 11, 2004) -- With just three scheduled races left in the 2004 Motorock Trans-Am season, Randy Ruhlman is looking for another couple of podium ...
Ruhlman Ready for Tight Points Battle for 2004 Trans-Am Drivers' Championship
Greensboro, NC (August 11, 2004) -- With just three scheduled races left in the 2004 Motorock Trans-Am season, Randy Ruhlman is looking for another couple of podium finishes to help him capture the Drivers' Championship. The top four Trans-Am drivers, Paul Gentilozzi, Tommy Kendall, Jorge Diaz and Randy Ruhlman, are within just nine points of each other going into this weekend's Round 8 at the Grand Prix of Denver.
Ruhlman, whose pole and second place finish this past weekend at Road America gave him added points, has been consistently fast in his #49 Preformed Line Products/ Coyote Closure Corvette having scored five straight, top four finishes this year. Ruhlman has three podiums so far this year, Road America, another second at Toronto, and a third at Infineon, yet he has always considered himself a street course specialist.
"I love tracks that are fast and tight and require a lot of driver skill. Denver is an exceptional track and I have really liked racing here the past two years. This year, with the points battle so close, it is anyone's Championship. I will certainly be doing my best to get the Corvette up front again. Last week was fun and I could get real used to that, but no matter what, it's going to be a tough battle too. The Jags are fast, and both Gentilozzi and Kendall have won several Drivers' Championships each, so there is a lot of experience there. And Jorge is having a great year. But I think we are up to the challenge, and I am confident that we can be right there this weekend and for the Championship," says Ruhlman
"This weekend at Road America and the last few races have been a big boost for us, especially after our very disappointing start to the season. To be back up in the points battle, coming off a strong race and be fighting for the Championship is great. We are excited about coming back to Denver and trying to keep this points race close," finished Ruhlman.
The Denver Grand Prix will be Ruhlman's 145th start in Trans-Am. He is the leading Corvette driver in the Series and has scored Corvette's highest finish of the year. The race will be broadcast LIVE on HDNet, Saturday, August 14th at 6:15 PM ET, as well as on the "Dangerous Curves" highlight show on SPIKE TV on Sunday, August 22nd at 10AM ET.
Randy Ruhlman finished sixth overall in 2003 in the Driver's Championship in a Derhaag Motorsports Corvette. He was seventh overall in 2002 while 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 fifth overall in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history.
Ruhlman's Chevrolet Corvette is fielded this year by the Minneapolis-based Derhaag Motorsports led by former Trans-Am driver Jim Derhaag. Derhaag himself made 150 starts as a driver in the Trans-Am Series before his successful move to full time ownership in 1998.
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