Ruhlman announces 2003 plans

Ruhlman to drive for Derhaag Motorsports in 2003 Trans-Am Series. Greensboro, NC (Feb 12) -- Randy Ruhlman and Derhaag Motorsports will be joining forces to contest for top honors in the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Randy...

Ruhlman to drive for Derhaag Motorsports in 2003 Trans-Am Series.

Greensboro, NC (Feb 12) -- Randy Ruhlman and Derhaag Motorsports will be joining forces to contest for top honors in the 2003 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Randy Ruhlman, the 2002 winner of the BBS Wheels "Most Improved Driver of the Year", will campaign the familiar #49 blue and white Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette.

Randy Ruhlman comes off his most successful year ever in 2002. Campaigning in a Tom Gloy Racing Corvette, Ruhlman finished eighth or better in nine of the first ten races. Highlights included a second place finish in Trois Rivieres and a third at the Grand Prix of Miami. Ruhlman, who has 126 Trans-Am starts, will be joining the Derhaag Motorsports team to compete full time in the 2003 Trans-Am Series.

Ruhlman said of his new team and its owner Jim Derhaag, "This partnership on track has been a long time coming. Jim and I have been competitors in Trans-Am for over a decade. Whether on the track racing against each other or off the track as owners, we have been friends. Derhaag Motorsports has developed a reputation of putting together fast, reliable cars that give their drivers every chance of winning. I am really pleased to be part of this team and to be working with Jim and his crew."

"I couldn't be more pleased to have Randy on board," said Derhaag. "He is a dedicated and disciplined professional who is very serious about his racing efforts. I think that our histories of competing against each other contribute to a synergy we will have as a team. I'm looking for great successes in the future."

Ruhlman teamed up with Derhaag Motorsports drivers Justin Bell and Simon Gregg for the first time late last season at the three hour Grand-Am race at Daytona, producing a season ending podium finish. This prelude race to the 24Hours of Daytona provided Ruhlman with a hands-on look at the team prior to joining Derhaag Motorsports for the 2003 Trans-Am season.

Derhaag Motorsports 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 , Tom Gloy