POINTS LEADER RUHLMAN LOOKS FOR REPEAT PODIUM FINISH AT MOLSON INDY TORONTO TRANS-AM TORONTO (July 5, 2005)--After scoring his second win of the season in a dramatic come from the back finish at the Cleveland Grand Prix, Randy Ruhlman is looking...
POINTS LEADER RUHLMAN LOOKS FOR REPEAT PODIUM FINISH AT MOLSON INDY TORONTO TRANS-AM
TORONTO (July 5, 2005)--After scoring his second win of the season in a dramatic come from the back finish at the Cleveland Grand Prix, Randy Ruhlman is looking forward to racing the #49 Preformed Line Products Canada Corvette this weekend at the Molson Indy Toronto in Round 4 of the 2005 Trans-Am Series.
The current Driver's Championship points leader, Ruhlman will be making his 150th start in Trans-Am, having scored two wins and a second in the first three Rounds of 2005 competition. Ruhlman hopes to continue that streak in Toronto, and feels he has some unfinished business at the track at Exhibition Place.
Ruhlman says, "We've run some great races so far this year against the Jags and Fords, and I have a great team to thank for giving me a winning car. I am still really hungry for a win at Toronto, though. We fell a bit short last year, when Ron [Fellows] and I finished just off of the win. So coming back this year, I feel good about our chances. I've been coming to Toronto since 1988 in the Corvette Challenge. I love this track and the fans are some of the most supportive and knowledgeable in the sport." Ruhlman scored a second place finish here last year, where along with teammate Canadian driver Ron Fellows, they made it a two-three podium finish for the Corvettes.
Not only will Ruhlman be fighting the Jaguars again, but he will have an additional 25 pounds of "reward weight" added to his Corvette. This weight (a 25-pound penalty for each win), plus that for the Long Beach win, puts the #49 car at a 150-pound weight disadvantage against the AJ V8 of Gentilozzi, and 125 pounds heavier than Portland winner Klaus Graf.
Braking, acceleration and tire wear are the major issues with weight and are especially critical at a fast and tight track like Toronto. With a significantly heavier car, Ruhlman will be forced once again to call on his ability to drive a fast, steady pace and his skill at keeping the car and tires in good shape for the final dash to the checkered flag. Ruhlman has continued to be very fast in the Corvette, setting a new track record at Portland with the fastest race lap, and, while driving to a 16 second winning margin at Cleveland, he missed the fast lap of Klaus Graf in the Jaguar by thousandths.
Randy Ruhlman recently spent time between races working with the Buckle Up America program to promote seat belt use. Ruhlman was the keynote speaker at the Cleveland House of Blues Kick-off of the Northeast Ohio "Click It or Ticket" campaign. The program was spearheaded by UHHS Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Outreach Program. Ruhlman also continues to work closely with the Lance Armstrong Foundation Peleton Project, especially in helping to promote the Tour de Road America, coming up on August 20th, to raise money for cancer survivorship.