Ruhlman awarded third post Trois-Rivieres race

Greensboro, NC (Aug 10) Randy Ruhlman was awarded third place for his drive at the Trois-Rivieres Trans-Am in the ...

Greensboro, NC (Aug 10) Randy Ruhlman was awarded third place for his drive at the Trois-Rivieres Trans-Am in the #40 Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette. The revised results provide Ruhlman with the position, points, and monies for third, after the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup revised the Trois-Rivieres post-race penalties levied against driver Tommy Drissi, whose car was found to be too low after the race. The revised top three are Scott Pruett, first, John Miller, second, and Ruhlman, third.

Post race inspection found Drissi's Rocketsports Jaguar to be "in violation of Rule 2.10" (ground clearance). He was immediately penalized points and money, but not position. The change in the penalty now also takes away the position and provides a consistent penalty, which, by precedent, places cars found to be in non-conformance to the rear of the field. Drissi, and another driver Joey Scarallo who also was in non-conformance, were moved to the bottom of the results, with the notation stating, "excluded from results." In addition, neither Drissi nor Scarallo will receive Drivers or Team Owner's points or prize money for the Trois-Rivieres event. The rest of the field moves up as a result, putting Ruhlman in third, Mike Lewis in fourth, and former CART and Formula Atlantic driver, Claude Bourbonnais, in fifth.

This makes the second year in a row that Ruhlman has scored in the top three at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres. Last year, Ruhlman, the 2002 winner of the "Most Improved Driver of the Year", finished second at Trois Rivieres to his Tom Gloy Racing Teammate Butch Leitzinger. Ruhlman currently drives for the Minneapolis based, Derhaag Motorsports.

-dm/rm-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Scott Pruett , Randy Ruhlman , Tom Gloy , Claude Bourbonnais