Trois-Rivieres: Ruhlman Motorsports practice one report

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Aug 1) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman opened the weekend with a strong fourth place running in the first of two practice sessions at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres. Ruhlman held second for most of the session...

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (Aug 1) -- Top Trans-Am driver Randy Ruhlman opened the weekend with a strong fourth place running in the first of two practice sessions at the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres. Ruhlman held second for most of the session behind current points leader Scott Pruett, getting picked off in the final laps of the 30-minute practice session with a final time of 1:06.397.

Ruhlman finished second in this race last year to his Tom Gloy Racing Corvette teammate Butch Leitzinger, and is showing that he is ready to take the next step and get his first win at Trois-Rivieres in his familiar blue and white Preformed Line Products Canada/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette.

Ruhlman, who joined Derhaag Motorsports for the 2003 season said, " The car feels good and there is more there. I think things are going great and we were able to take the things we learned in testing last week and apply them here. I have a lot of confidence in the car and I just love drive at this track."

Today the BFGoodrich Trans-Am series drivers will be on track in three sessions, with qualifying being held today at 3:35 EDT. The 66 lap, 100 mile race from the 9 turn temporary street course will be run at 1PM EDT tomorrow Saturday, August 2 and shown Live on Speed Channel.

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's Chevrolet Corvette is 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 , Scott Pruett , Tony Ave , Justin Bell , Randy Ruhlman , Dorsey Schroeder , Darin Brassfield , Tom Gloy