Ruhlman Qualifies Sixth for Saturday's Trans-Am at Portland International Raceway Portland, Ore (June 18, 2004) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman qualified sixth for tomorrow's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at Portland International Raceway. With...
Ruhlman Qualifies Sixth for Saturday's Trans-Am at Portland International Raceway
Portland, Ore (June 18, 2004) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman qualified sixth for tomorrow's Albertsons Trans-Am 100 at Portland International Raceway. With a time of 1:05.059, Ruhlman will be on the outside of row three, next to former Trans-Am Champion and 1992 and 1993 Trans-Am teammate Greg Pickett. Ruhlman posted an average speed of 94.438 mph on the 1.969 mile permanent road course.
Following an outstanding practice session, with Ruhlman posting the second fastest time, 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. I am lucky to have one of the cleanest and best drivers around in Greg [Pickett] next to me. We will have to keep our eyes out for the first rows, but I think we all know that you need to make the first corner to win the race. Both Greg and I are good at working the race and being there at the end, so it will be fun tomorrow. I am looking forward to this race," continues Ruhlman.
"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. Start time is 3:45 PDT. The race will air on HDNet on Sunday, June 19, at 11 a.m. PDT.
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.
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.