Amy Ruman is on the Podium in Toronto 3rd Place in Trans-Am Munroe Falls, OH -- Amy Ruman capped another successful Trans-Am appearance with a front row qualifier and a 3rd place finish in the ...
Amy Ruman is on the Podium in Toronto 3rd Place in Trans-Am
Munroe Falls, OH -- Amy Ruman capped another successful Trans-Am appearance with a front row qualifier and a 3rd place finish in the #23 McNichols Co./Goodyear/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette in Round 6 at the Honda Indy Streets of Toronto event. Ruman has finished in the top 5 in the three Trans-Am events she has entered in the 2010 season, two of which were podium finishes. Of her 11 career Trans-Am starts, this is her third 3rd place finish.
Ruman qualified in the second slot with a fast time of 1:11.886, just a tick behind pole sitter Tomy Drissi who had a time of 1:11.249, and ahead of Trans-Am points leader Tony Ave's 1:12.225. She and pole sitter Tomy Drissi led the field to the green flag, but Tony Ave got by Ruman to take over second heading into turn one. The top four cars sprinted off together, Drissi, Ave, Ruman, and RJ Lopez hounded each other for first 2 laps. On lap 3, Drissi brushed the wall and had a tire go down. Ruman tried to go around both Drissi and Ave, but Drissi moved outside in front of Ruman and they tapped. Ave passed Drissi on the inside, and Lopez got by Ruman. Ruman immediately passed Drissi to remain in third place. Ave, Lopez, and Ruman pulled ahead of the field. The top three remained the same and when the checkered flew 44 laps into the race, it was Lopez, Ave, and Ruman at the finish line. Ruman posted the second fastest time in the race, 1:12.664, on the 1.765 mile (2.84 km), 11-turn temporary street course.
"What an excellent event this was! We were able to race in front of a big crowd of Canadian fans and to be a part of the Indy Car weekend," stated Ruman. "I am thrilled to be on the podium in my first Trans-Am street race! The #23 McNichols Corvette handled very well in qualifying and we were quite pleased to earn a front row starting position. The race was tough, particularly since our race immediately followed the Indy Car race, so the track conditions were slippery from the start and just got worse as the race went on. We had a great three way battle most of the race, but I was just sorry I didn't have a little more for RJ or Tony at the end. I'm trying to be patient, but I am really working hard to get my first Trans-Am win!"
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