Tom Gloy Racing 3rd and 6th in Miami - Ruhlman on the podium. MIAMI (September 6, 2002) - Tom Gloy Racing and its drivers raced in the downtown streets of Miami today in the Grand Prix Americas Trans-Am 100. Randy Ruhlman finished third and ...
Tom Gloy Racing 3rd and 6th in Miami - Ruhlman on the podium.
MIAMI (September 6, 2002) - Tom Gloy Racing and its drivers raced in the downtown streets of Miami today in the Grand Prix Americas Trans-Am 100. Randy Ruhlman finished third and teammate Butch Leitzinger finished sixth.
Miami marks the third new temporary circuit for the Trans-Am Series this year. The 1.37-mile temporary street circuit boasts 16 turns, a long front straight-away and two other straight-aways for considerable speed and passing. Trans-Am also raced at new temporary street circuits this year in Washington, DC and Denver, CO. 22 cars started today's race. Qualifying and practice on Saturday was canceled due to heavy rain. The field started on the drivers' championship points for the 73-lap race that was for 101.251 miles.
Ruhlman, driving the Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette, started sixth in the tenth race of the season. He is a professional driver that is known to do well on street courses and looked forward to the Miami street race. He was spectacular running in the top-ten for most of the day and in the top-five for approximately 30 laps. The Miami fall humidity was extreme, but Ruhlman's physical training helped him to the finish line. Ruhlman enters the next event unofficially sixth in the point standings.
"Tom Gloy crew gave me a great car and worked really hard all weekend, even though we had limited track time with the rain," said Ruhlman. "I want to thank the crew and our guests from Preformed Line Products; this one is for both of them. The heat made it hard and having this as a new track added to the difficulty. The team worked hard on trying to cool the car off for me, but it was still hard physically. It is great have the Preformed team on the podium again this season and to also be one of the two Corvettes on the podium."
Leitzinger, driving the Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette started third. The front of the pack was tight during the first few laps. There were a serious of incidents in the opening laps and Leitzinger was caught in contact with some competitors and also tapped the wall early on. Decreased air flow and exhaust fumes entered the cockpit making the 73 lap race a long day for Leitzinger. The Tommy Bahama driver is closer in the points trailing second by only six points.
"I'm very sorry for the Tom Gloy Racing team," said Leitzinger. "We had a good race car today. We got off to a bad start with some contact early on and degraded from there. I'm already looking ahead to the next race. We've had good setups on road courses and Road Atlanta is a great circuit. I have raced there before and have done thousands laps there. We should be able to hit the ground running and put today's finish behind us and continue to fight for the championship."
Today's race airs tape delay on SPEED Channel, please check local listings.
Two races remain in the Trans-Am Series. The next race is on October 11 at Road Atlanta; a road course located in Braselton, GA. The race will air on SPEED Channel at 8:00 p.m. ET (tape delay). The final round of the series will be at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA is on October 27. The season closer will air on SPEED Channel, 1 p.m. ET, (live). For more information on Trans-Am Series go to: www.trans-amseries.com/index.html