Toronto: Randy Ruhlman qualifying notes

Another Fast Five Qualifying for Top Trans-Am Driver Randy Ruhlman at Molson Indy Toronto Toronto, Ontario (July 8, 2004) --Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman has once again qualified in the Fast Five in the Motorock Trans-am ...

Another Fast Five Qualifying for Top Trans-Am Driver Randy Ruhlman at Molson Indy Toronto

Toronto, Ontario (July 8, 2004) --Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman has once again qualified in the Fast Five in the Motorock Trans-am Championship. Ruhlman, who was on the front row last week with former Trans-Am Champion and this week's the Jaguar pole sitter Tommy Kendall, qualified for tomorrow's race at the Molson Indy Toronto with a time of 1:12.846, just 0.286 seconds off the third place time of Jaguar driver Paul Gentilozzi.

Ruhlman is also coming off a podium finish at Infineon Raceway and a fourth place finish last weekend at Cleveland and is looking to put his street course expertise to the test in Saturday's Molson Indy Toronto Trans-Am race. The race is scheduled to begin at 3 PM. Ruhlman, one of just four drivers with track experience here, is joined this week by top Corvette factory and Canadian driver Ron Fellows in a two car Corvette assault on the Jaguars at this tight fast street course.

Driving his Preformed Line Products Canada/ Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette, Randy Ruhlman commented after qualifying, "I have been looking forward to driving this circuit again for a long time. It can be a bit intimidating, but I got the hang of it and remembered it right away. We had the second fastest time there for awhile in qualifying, but I got hung up with a bit of traffic and we decided to hold off and save the tires for the race. You always want to go out and prove how fast you are in qualifying, but I just really needed to be in the front five and have a good car for the race. And we made our goal. I am right behind Paul [Gentilozzi] on the inside, so we will see how the race plays out. Ron had a strong run, qualifying second, so I think we are in good shape for the race. It will be great to try to get two Corvettes up on that podium. I really like fast, tight, challenging courses, so it will be great to get back to racing within the walls here."

Ruhlman commented about having a teammate for this race, "Ron Fellows is a great driver and teammate, and we have been friends for probably more years than either of us would like to admit. We both started in Showroom Stock Series, but this is the first time we have been teammates. We will be running together in again in three weeks at Trois Rivieres. Ron and I will be trying for a one-two finish at both of these Canadian races. The two of us are working well as together, and have very similar things to say about the handling. We have been able to both work with our engineer Leigh Pettipas to make the car even better for the race. It should be a fun race."

The cars take to the streets of the 1.75-mile, 11-turn temporary street course at Exhibition Place in Toronto at 3PM on Saturday, July 9th. 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.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Ron Fellows , Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Dorsey Schroeder , Darin Brassfield , Tom Gloy , Tommy Kendall