Corvette Driver Randy Ruhlman Continues Top Five Streak in the Trans-Am at first round of practice for the Trois-Rivieres Race Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (July 29, 2004) -- Randy Ruhlman returned today to the tight street course at the Grand...
Corvette Driver Randy Ruhlman Continues Top Five Streak in the Trans-Am at first round of practice for the Trois-Rivieres Race
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (July 29, 2004) -- Randy Ruhlman returned today to the tight street course at the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres in Round Six of the Motorock Trans-Am Series. Ruhlman was fourth fastest with a time of 1:05.804, and then fifth in the second session with an slightly improved time of 1:05.736 for Sunday afternoon's race. Ruhlman, who finished second at Trois Rivieres in 2002 and third in last year's Trans-Am race is looking towards the race to make it three podiums in a row at this track.
Driving the blue and white #49 Preformed Line Products Canada/Coyote Closure, Ruhlman is the top Corvette driver in the Trans-Am Series and is coming into the race at Trois-Rivieres with an impressive string of top finishes. Ruhlman, currently third in the Drivers' Championship points race, scored a second place finish two weeks ago in Toronto, a fourth at Cleveland, and another podium, a third, at Infineon Raceway.
The team did some minor changes on the car between sessions, and hope to make a few small adjustments before tomorrow morning's qualifying session. Ruhlman said after the session, "The track is very bumpy, but it is always bumpy. And it is always hard on brakes, but we will be alright out there. That is where good shock control comes into the setup. I think we are in good shape for the race. The car feels good, and it is fun to run out there."
"If we can do well in qualifying tomorrow, that will be a bonus," continues Ruhlman. "But the thing we are concentrating on is the race. This race is notorious for being a really difficult, long, hot race. It doesn't really matter how fast you go in qualifying, what matters is here is how well you race, especially in the second half of the race. And keeping tires and keeping brakes under the car are going to be two of the most important things about this whole racetrack. And right now we are good shape right there. We can turn our practice times all day without hurting the car or damaging the tires, or running out the brakes. So I think we will do well."
A rainy forecast for tomorrow's qualifying has Ruhlman saying, "If it rains tomorrow, we'll just be going to go out there to put in a time to get on the grid for the race. We are not going to risk putting it into the wall or anything for a rainy qualifying . I think we are in good shape now matter what."
Le Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres will be Ruhlman's 143rd start in Trans-Am. The 66 lap, 100.32 mile Motorock Trans-Am race will be run on Sunday, August 1st at 3:45PM EDT. The track is a 1.52-mile, nine turn temporary street course located in the town of Trois Rivieres, about an hour east of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.