RUHLMAN SETS THE PACE IN SECOND TRANS-AM PRACTICE AT EDMONTON EDMONTON, Alberta (July 15, 2005) -- Randy Ruhlman turned in the fastest time during Friday afternoon's second-round Trans-Am practice for Saturday's Festival City 100 at Finning ...
RUHLMAN SETS THE PACE IN SECOND TRANS-AM PRACTICE AT EDMONTON
EDMONTON, Alberta (July 15, 2005) -- Randy Ruhlman turned in the fastest time during Friday afternoon's second-round Trans-Am practice for Saturday's Festival City 100 at Finning International Speedway. Ruhlman turned the fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:17.596/91.536-mile per hour effort, driving the No. 49 Preformed Line Products Canada Chevrolet Corvette.
Tomy Drissi (No. 5 Supercross -- The Movie Jaguar XKR) was second quick, ahead of Greg Pickett in the No. 6 Cytomax Jaguar XKR. Ruhlman's teammate, Calgary resident Hima Maher, was fourth fastest in the No. 78 Centenniel Motorsports of Calgary, Alberta Chevrolet Corvette, and Joey Scarallo completed the top five in the No. 06 Group A Wheels/Autotrend/Toyo Tires Chevrolet Corvette.
Qualifying is scheduled for today at 5:30 p.m. The Festival City 100, Round 5 of the 2005 Trans-Am Championship and part of the West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix of Edmonton, is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at 4:45 p.m. MDT. Saturday's race will air on a tape-delayed basis, Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m. EDT on SPEED Channel.
Notebook: HOPEFUL--Second-generation Trans-Am racer Tony Morris, Jr. (No. 20 Aspen Custom Trailer Chevrolet Monte Carlo) is hoping to use his GTA participation in this weekend's race to step to competing in a Trans-Am car next season. Morris' sponsor Aspen Custom Trailers is a local business that produces custom trailers for the oil industry, and, pending the success of this weekend's event, is planning to increase its backing. Morris' father competed in the Trans-Am Series in the late 1960s.
HISTORY-- Kevin Neilson's crew chief for the No. 81 K2 Motorsports Jaguar XKR, Keith Christiansen, actually helped organize a CASCAR race that took place at the City Centre Airport 10 years ago. Interestingly, Neilson is an emergency room doctor in Edmonton and was actually on the short list to serve as the track's medical director. His racing duties, however, took precedence.
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 year of consecutive competition in 2005