Randy Ruhlman not only garnered his first career Trans-Am Series pole today, he also gave Corvette their first pole since Butch Leitzinger placed his Tom Gloy Racing Corvette on the pole at Road Atlanta (October 2002). The Derhaag Motorsports'...
Randy Ruhlman not only garnered his first career Trans-Am Series pole today, he also gave Corvette their first pole since Butch Leitzinger placed his Tom Gloy Racing Corvette on the pole at Road Atlanta (October 2002).
The Derhaag Motorsports' veteran racer turned a lap at 2:09.164 with a speed of 112.824 miles per hour.
"This is the continuation of success that really began last fall," commented Ruhlman. "We sat down (the team and owner Jim Derhaag) late last season and started to work together. Jim (Derhaag) found out what I needed in the car. Over the off-season, we took everything we knew and started over. It paid off today."
Jorge Diaz, Jr., last year's rookie of the year, will start alongside Ruhlman on the front row. Diaz's time was 0.663-seconds adrift of the pole time.
"The track really changed from this morning to this afternoon's qualifying session," Diaz said. "We completed five or six strong laps and we're happy with qualifying second."
Rocketsports Racing's team owner and driver, Paul Gentilozzi will start third; just a smidgen off Diaz's time (0.019-seconds).
"We made a mistake in the changes we made between sessions and we slowed the car down a fair bit," explained Gentilozzi on his disappointment about the Jaguar's push during qualifying. "We'll have to go back and re-think those changes. It was very frustrating to drive around, knowing the car was faster, and not being able to get it there."
Ruhlman will try to hold off the Jaguars to take victory tomorrow at the Road America 4.048-mile road course.
"It's tough fighting those Jaguars," said Ruhlman. "Though I think the Corvette is up for the fight."