Denver, CO (August 14, 2004)--Top Corvette driver Randy Ruhlman scored his sixth straight top five finish today in the Motorock Trans-Am Series at the Denver Grand Prix. Starting fifth, Ruhlman got turned around on Lap 2 and went back to last ...
Denver, CO (August 14, 2004)--Top Corvette driver Randy Ruhlman scored his sixth straight top five finish today in the Motorock Trans-Am Series at the Denver Grand Prix. Starting fifth, Ruhlman got turned around on Lap 2 and went back to last place, and in a spectacular drive, worked his way back through traffic to finish fifth. Ruhlman now takes over sole possession of third place in the Drivers' Championship points battle, still within reach of the Championship.
"This was really not what I had in mind for today. I had a good fast start, but got jockeyed back to fifth on the second lap and then ended up turned around and had to wait for every other car to go by. Fortunately, I was able to work my way through traffic pretty well, and made some nice passes. We also had a good car, so it was fun. I think I could have used the race to have been twice as long, though. Fifth is good today, especially from the back. We have had a solid run of top finishes and podiums and are in good position in the Championship. I like this track here in Denver, the fans here are really knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was nice to have a good drive here," says Ruhlman
With just two scheduled races left in the 2004 Motorock Trans-Am season, Ruhlman is just seven points behind Tommy Kendall, who is currently second in the Drivers' Championship. Ruhlman has been consistently fast in his #49 Preformed Line Products/ Coyote Closure Corvette having scored six straight, top five finishes this year including three podiums: a second last week at Road America, another second at Toronto, and a third at Infineon. Ruhlman was also the pole sitter for the Road America race.
The Denver Grand Prix was Ruhlman's 145th start in Trans-Am. He is the leading Corvette driver in the Series and has scored Corvette's highest finishes of the year. The race was 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.