Trois-Rivieres: Randy Ruhlman qualifying report

Podium in sight after qualifying at Trois Rivieres Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Aug 1) Randy Ruhlman is poised to repeat his podium performance of last year at the BFGoodrich Trans-Am race which will be held tomorrow as part of the 2003 Grand Prix of...

Podium in sight after qualifying at Trois Rivieres

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Aug 1) Randy Ruhlman is poised to repeat his podium performance of last year at the BFGoodrich Trans-Am race which will be held tomorrow as part of the 2003 Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres. After two fast practice sessions and steadily improving lap times, Ruhlman, in his familiar blue and white #49 Preformed Line Products Canada/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette, will be starting on the inside of row four in seventh position with a time of 1:05.032. Last year, Ruhlman finished second in the 100-mile race at Trois-Rivieres after qualifying eighth.

The 2002 BBS Wheels "Most Improved Driver of the Year" Randy Ruhlman finished last year's race just behind his Tom Gloy Racing Corvette teammate Butch Leitzinger. Ruhlman is very optimistic about tomorrow's upcoming BFGoodrich Trans-Am race.

Ruhlman, who joined Derhaag Motorsports for the 2003 season, said after qualifying, "We changed the car after practice. And I think it did make it better. There are a few things we will adjust, but it is consistent and fast. Of course, I would have liked to show what we could do in qualifying, but tomorrow's race is a long one and it is just as important to have a car that can make the distance, than it is to have pure speed. Not that I would say no to the pole, but we didn't want to put too many miles on the soft tires that are on the car. We actually did a couple of extra laps, but the times just weren't there for qualifying."

"Now for the race, I know the car will be there, especially at the end. If we can stay out of the first lap mess and keep with the front group, I have no doubt that we will be up front at the checkered flag. We have always been in position at the end here. I am going to everything I can to make this race a win." states Ruhlman.

The 66 lap, 100 mile race on the 9 turn temporary street course will be run at 1PM EDT tomorrow Saturday, August 2 and shown Live on Speed Channel. While at the track, Preformed Line Products Canada is looking forward to entertaining its guests and long time supporters at the Saturday race at Trois Rivieres. Preformed Line Products Canada is located in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Ruhlman will be making his 133rd start in Trans-Am in a Chevrolet Corvette fielded this year by the Minneapolis-based, Derhaag Motorsports team, 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, Chris Neville and Darin Brassfield.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Randy Ruhlman , Darin Brassfield , Tom Gloy