Ruhlman Starting Fourth for Trans-Am at Portland International Raceway, Second in Both Practice Sessions Portland, Ore (June 19, 2004) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman will be starting fourth for today's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at ...
Ruhlman Starting Fourth for Trans-Am at Portland International Raceway, Second in Both Practice Sessions
Portland, Ore (June 19, 2004) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman will be starting fourth for today's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at Portland International Raceway. Ruhlman originally qualified fifth after a post-race inspection of the fastest qualifier, Paul Gentilozzi found him with an illegal wing height. A late night engine change for Gentilozzi's teammate, Tommy Kendall, sent him to the back of the field, moving Ruhlman up one spot to start on the outside of row Two, again next to former Trans-Am Champion and 1992 and 1993 Trans-Am teammate Greg Pickett.
Ruhlman in the Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette posted the second fastest time in the Saturday morning practice session, just behind the Jaguar of Paul Gentilozzi. Ruhlman dropped over a second from his qualifying time, and and1.7 seconds from the first session, where he was second to pole sitter Tomy Drissi.
After the practice session Ruhlman, the 2002 BBS Wheel Most Improved Driver of the Year says he is in "great shape for the race". "This track is notorious for its first lap problems, so if the first row guys can make it through without any craziness, Greg and I should be OK. I think we all know that you need to make the first corner to win the race. And I am lucky to have one of the cleanest and best drivers around in Greg [Pickett] next to me. Both Greg and I are good at working the race and being there at the end, so it will be fun out there today. I am looking forward to this race," continues Ruhlman.
After qualifying Ruhlman said, "The testing we did has definitely helped settle the car down. Also since getting the Hewland transmission that is something I now don't have to think about. Our car is set up to really be at its prime at the end of the race, so I am going to do everything I can to be in position to be there for the podium here," concludes Ruhlman.
The Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at Portland International Raceway is scheduled for 51 laps or 75 minutes on the 1.969-mile permanent road course. Start time is 3:45 PDT with delayed television coverage on HDTV network at 11AM PDT on Sunday, June 20th. A 30 minute show, "Dangerous Curves" on Spike TV, will feature race highlights and is scheduled for a Sunday June 27th afternoon broadcast.
Randy Ruhlman finished sixth overall in the Driver's Championship in 2003 and was seventh overall in 2002 with a second (and a 3rd in 2003) at Trois Rivieres and third at Miami. He was named the 2002 "BBS Wheels Most Improved Driver of the Year and Randy Ruhlman is sixth overall in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history.