San Juan, Puerto Rico (Oct 24) -- The 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" Randy Ruhlman will be ready to put his street course expertise to the final test of the 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich TiresÂ® Cup...
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Oct 24) -- The 2002 Trans-Am Series "Most Improved Driver of the Year" Randy Ruhlman will be ready to put his street course expertise to the final test of the 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires® Cup season this weekend at the inaugural Grand Prix of Puerto Rico. The course, just minutes from Old San Juan, makes an historic setting for what should prove to be a great match for the final run for Driver's Championship points.
"I am looking forward to getting out there on this airport course and driving the track. It resembles the Cleveland track on paper, but with some of the corners mixed around. What the surface will be like, who knows? We all get a chance to drive the course in practice today, but since it was an active runway until now, no one has really seen the track up close," says Ruhlman.
"I do like new courses and tight ones are the best. But here, we have a few extra unknowns. There are a lot of local racers, who are going to have something to prove out there. And of course, Bobby [Sak] and I will be fighting for fifth in points, along with everyone else in their points battles. It will be interesting. I do think we have shown we have what it takes this year, the fourth at Mosport and the third at Trois Rivieres. I think we have a good shot at the podium here and it would be really great to finish out this year on a high note," remarks Randy Ruhlman.
It will be a tough battle this weekend, as four drivers have little to lose in trying to get to that coveted fifth place in the Driver's Championship. Ruhlman is poised just ten points from fifth in the series. Stu Hayner and Bobby Sak are currently tied at fifth with 178 points. Ruhlman has 168, and Baucom in eighth has162. Bobby Sak overtook Ruhlman at Miami, when Ruhlman scored out of the points after an early mishap with the wall. A win is worth 30 points and fifth is 21 points, with the points descending by one thereafter. There are also bonus points for fast qualifying and leading laps.
On track activities begin today at 11:20 AM with a second 30 minute practice today beginning at 3:40PM. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 12:40 PM, and the final practice from 4-4:30 on Saturday.