Mosport: Randy Ruhlman race report

Top Trans-Am Driver Ruhlman fourth at Mosport Race Greensboro, NC( May 18) - Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman drove to a fourth place finish today in the Trans-Am series race at Mosport International Raceway for the BFGoodrich Cup. Ruhlman,...

Top Trans-Am Driver Ruhlman fourth at Mosport Race

Greensboro, NC( May 18) - Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman drove to a fourth place finish today in the Trans-Am series race at Mosport International Raceway for the BFGoodrich Cup. Ruhlman, the 2002 winner of the BBS Wheels "Most Improved Driver of the Year", campaigned the familiar #49 blue and white Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette up to fourth from his ninth place starting spot. Ruhlman, who made his 129th start in Trans-Am, lead the honors for Chevrolet and Corvette, with the first three spots taken by Jaguar.

Rain effectively cancelled practice for the BFGoodrich Trans-Am series on Friday at the 2.459 mile, 10-turn track, located just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Saturday morning's qualifying was delayed until late Saturday afternoon. The Mosport Trans-Am 100 mile race will be broadcast in the United States on SPEED Channel on May 25th.

This is the third year in a row that Ruhlman has finished in the top Five at this track. After the race, Ruhlman said, "I think this is a good finish, but I just didn't have enough car to keep up with Miller, or get past Lewis. I might have had a chance to get Lewis at the restart, but it just didn't happen."

"I also think we suffered overall from the lack of practice, due to the rain on Friday. We are trying to find the right setup for this car, but it still had a real push in it. I couldn't adjust it away, so I just had to try to drive around it. Near the end of the race, I started having trouble coming off the corner onto the back straight, so I knew that I was going to have to settle for fourth."

"Unfortunately, I can't help thinking that I am stuck in a rut here at Mosport, finishing fourth or fifth. But I guess there are worse ruts to be in. Our goal this year is to be on the podium every race. I do feel we have more work to get there, though. We learned a lot about the car and set up and we are back where we should be running, in the top Five. Lime Rock is in five days, so we are definitely in a. position for a podium there."

Ruhlman is driving this year in BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series for Minneapolis based, Derhaag Motorsports for. 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. Jim 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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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Randy Ruhlman , Dorsey Schroeder , Darin Brassfield