Greensboro, NC (Sept 24) -- The 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" Randy Ruhlman returns this weekend to the downtown Miami street course to defend his last year's Trans-Am third place finish. Ruhlman, the highest finishing...
Greensboro, NC (Sept 24) -- The 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" Randy Ruhlman returns this weekend to the downtown Miami street course to defend his last year's Trans-Am third place finish. Ruhlman, the highest finishing returning driver, is currently sixth overall in points in the newly named MotoRock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires® Cup.
The Trans-Am Series recently named MotoRock LLC as their new title sponsor. The theme of "Cars, Stars, and Guitars" will debut its full program at the Miami venue with a joint race/concert promotion featuring the music of rock superstar Elton John and the roar of American engine thunder from the Trans-Am Series cars. This multi-year deal has joined concert level promotion with the unique entertainment of an up-close motorsports event.
"It is a unique opportunity for Trans-Am to generate an increased fan base and open new avenues for sponsors," says Ruhlman, who is making his 135th start in Trans-Am this weekend. "I cannot think of a better way to get things going for MotoRock than with a return to the streets of Miami. The concert and the visibility that this type of association gives Trans-Am is something the Series has been needing for quite some time," continues Ruhlman.
"I am looking forward to getting out there on the streets of Miami and driving this track. Last year, there were some really slippery portions. As a matter of fact, we all even named one section last year "The Skating Rink", because it had so little traction. This year, they have done some reconfiguration and removed that section, but otherwise it looks like last year. It will be tight and, as usual, with street courses, difficult to pass, but it should be fun to be back and see what we can do. I think we definitely have shown we have what it takes to be back on the podium again this week," remarks Randy Ruhlman.
The 4:30 EDT race is scheduled 83 laps of the 1.15-mile track. The Miami race will air on Speed, tape-delayed on Oct. 10 at 9PM EDT. Ruhlman is currently sixth in driver's championship points with two races remaining. He has moved steadily forward after a difficult start to the season. The MotoRock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires® Cup will travel for its final race to San Juan Puerto Rico on October 26th.
"MotoRock is a new generation of pop culture that blends cars, stars and guitars," said MotoRock Chairman and CEO Jamie Rose. "MotoRock is a series of live events that showcase the excitement of motorsports, music and lifestyle, while delivering a unique new form of broadcast entertainment programming. It's the new breed of speed. By integrating music, lifestyle and entertainment, MotoRock hopes to bring a new audience to the thrill of motorsports, as well as a dramatically enhanced opportunity for media partners and corporate sponsors at every level."
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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, Chris Neville and Darin Brassfield.