Trois-Rivieres: Randy Ruhlman race notes

Randy Ruhlman top Corvette at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres; finishes fourth in hotly contested Trans-Am race. Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Aug 2) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman finished fourth in today¹s BFGoodrich Tires® Trans-Am race at...

Randy Ruhlman top Corvette at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres; finishes fourth in hotly contested Trans-Am race.

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Aug 2) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman finished fourth in today¹s BFGoodrich Tires® Trans-Am race at Trois Rivieres, Quebec. The top drivers raced nose to tail for more than two thirds of the 65 lap the street course race with less than 5 seconds separating first from seventh. Ruhlman worked his way to fourth place, fell back to eighth and then worked his way back to finish fourth overall, the first Chevrolet Corvette behind the podium trio of Rocketsports Jaguars.

Ruhlman remarked after the race, ³I guess we have made a lot of progress this year when we can honestly say we are disappointed with a fourth place. But, I wouldn¹t be honest if I didn¹t say it is frustrating. The car was good. I was just waiting until the last third of the race to take these guys. I could see them using up their tires. We all had about the same fast lap times, and no one was going anywhere. I had a great back and forth trying to pass Mike Lewis, but I missed a shift and he took off. I had to make up about 3 seconds just to get back up to him.²

³I was in fifth for the last restart and that really caused a problem. The start of the race was actually clean, but there are some guys out here who see the first turn of the final restart as their big chance. Some are rookies, some are not. Unfortunately, a lot of times ^Ìbonsai driving¹ doesn¹t work. I chose to make the corner and not get taken out, and lost four places. With only 16 laps left in the race, I had a good bit of real estate to make up and five cars to pass to get to the podium. When I finally got to fourth and passed Claude Bourbonnais, there weren¹t enough laps left to get back up to third. That is frustrating. You wonder, in hindsight, if you shouldn¹t have taken the chance and risked getting taken out at the restart. Especially finishing just one place from the podium, that is frustrating.²

Last year, Ruhlman finished second just behind his Tom Gloy Racing Corvette teammate Butch Leitzinger in the 100-mile race at Trois-Rivieres after qualifying eighth. Today¹s fourth place finish is his second fourth of the year, The other was a fourth place at Mosport, Ontario. Ruhlman is now just 2 points from sixth in the overall Driver¹s Championship points.

The 65 lap race on the 1.52 mile, 9 turn temporary street course was run at 1PM EDT tomorrow Saturday, August 2 and shown Live on Speed Channel. Preformed Line Products Canada entertained its guests and long time supporters at the race at Trois Rivieres. Preformed Line Products Canada is located in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

The Trans-Am series will travel to Road America on August 26th and then to Denver with CART on Labor Day weekend.

Ruhlman made his 133rd start in Trans-Am in a Chevrolet Corvette fielded this year by the Minneapolis-based, Derhaag Motorsports. The team is 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 , Dorsey Schroeder , Darin Brassfield , Tom Gloy , Claude Bourbonnais