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Top Trans-Am Driver Randy Ruhlman Looking Forward to a "Return to the Streets" at Molson Indy Toronto Toronto, Ontario (July 7, 2004) -- The Motorock Trans-Am Championship returns this weekend to the streets of Toronto for Round Five of the...

Top Trans-Am Driver Randy Ruhlman Looking Forward to a "Return to the Streets" at Molson Indy Toronto

Toronto, Ontario (July 7, 2004) -- The Motorock Trans-Am Championship returns this weekend to the streets of Toronto for Round Five of the hotly contested series. Top Corvette driver Randy Ruhlman, one of just three drivers with track experience here, is coming off a podium at Infineon Raceway and a fourth place finish last weekend at Cleveland and looking to put his street course expertise to the test in the Molson Indy Toronto Trans-Am race on Saturday.

Ruhlman, driving his Preformed Line Products Canada/ Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette, says of the 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary street course at Exhibition Place in Toronto, "I have been looking forward driving this circuit again for a long time. I was here in 1993, when Greg Pickett and I were teammates, and before that in 1988 and 1999 in the Corvette Challenge Series. Paul [Gentilozzi] and Tommy [Kendall] and I are the only ones who have any track experience here. There are some strong drivers here too though, so after the first sessions, it may not be so much experience on this track, as it will be setup and the ability to go deep into the corners. I really like fast, tight, challenging courses, so it will be great to get back to the walls of a street course."

"It will also be fun to return to Canada to race in Toronto. The fans are so knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. It is also very close to our sponsor in Canada, Preformed Line Products Canada, which is headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario. The course should be a lot of fun and high speed action will be the name of the game here," comments Ruhlman.

Before the cars take to the streets, Ruhlman will be doing some advance work with the Toronto fans tomorrow night (Thursday from 5PM-8PM) at the Molson Indy Toronto Fan Fest. The festivities include top drivers signing autographs, a question and answer session and fan activities, like car simulators.

The Trans-Am Series Championship race is part of the Molson Indy Toronto weekend, and is scheduled for Saturday, July 11. The race will start at 3 p.m., immediately following the Champ Car qualifying. The race will be broadcast LIVE on HDNet, with tape-delayed highlights coverage on Spike TV's popular "Dangerous Curves" timeslot, Sunday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT/PDT).

The Molson Indy Toronto will be Ruhlman's 142nd start in Trans-Am. Ruhlman is currently tied for seventh with 78 Championship points going into Round Five of the Motorock Trans-Am Series at Toronto, just two points out of fifth.

Randy Ruhlman finished sixth overall in 2003 in the Driver's Championship in a Derhaag Motorsports Corvette and was seventh overall in 2002 driving for Tom Gloy Racing with a second (and a 3rd in 2003) at Trois Rivieres and third at Miami. Ruhlman was awarded the 2002 BBS Wheels "Most Improved Driver of the Year". Randy Ruhlman is fifth overall in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history.

Ruhlman's Chevrolet Corvette is fielded this year by the Minneapolis-based, Derhaag Motorsports, led by former Trans-Am driver Jim Derhaag. Jim Derhaag himself made 150 starts as a driver in the Trans-Am Series before his successful move to full time ownership in 1998. The team has fielded many successful drivers, including top Trans-Am drivers Justin Bell, Kenny Wilden, Tony Ave, Dorsey Schroeder, and Darin Brassfield.

Preformed Line Products (PLP) is an international manufacturer and supplier of hardware and support systems for the communications and energy industries. Products include the COYOTE Closure and GUY-GRIP Dead-End used in the telecommunications, cable and energy industries. Manufacturing facilities are located worldwide in the USA, Canada, China, Brazil, Mexico, England, Spain, South Africa, Australia and Japan.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Randy Ruhlman , Dorsey Schroeder , Greg Pickett , Darin Brassfield , Tom Gloy