Washington DC: Tom Gloy Racing race report

Tommy Bahama wins in Washington. WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2002) -- Butch Leitzinger, driving the Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette, won the sixth round of the 2002 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued this weekend at the inaugural Capital ...

Tommy Bahama wins in Washington.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2002) -- Butch Leitzinger, driving the Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette, won the sixth round of the 2002 BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series continued this weekend at the inaugural Capital Trans-Am 100 in the nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. Randy Ruhlman, driving the Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette finished seventh.

The race was held at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on a 1.7-mile temporary race circuit. Leitzinger, the #88 Tommy Bahama driver, started on the pole, bringing a streak of three consecutive podium finishes to this weekend's race. Leitzinger leads the Trans-Am Series with four pole positions - at Washington, Mosport, Mid-Ohio and Cleveland - and holds a lead over Bobby Sak in the race for the AmeriSuites Rookie of the Year Award. Qualifying was tight for the 60 lap race. Teammate Ruhlman started seventh for the 100.8 mile race; he was only 0.794 of a second behind Leitzinger's time. The top-nine qualifiers were covered by less than one-second.

Leitzinger strongly led the race on the seven turn course battling close as the season drivers' championship has reached half way. The drivers know that every point and position is critical. Tom Gloy Racing executed a great strategy with a flawless fuel stop on lap 24. The Tommy Bahamas entry led every lap except during the stop. Ruhlman entered this race in a five way tie for fifth place in the points, battled side by side with Johnny Miller. For the six races of the season, Tom Gloy Racing has two wins, five top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes. Today's win put Leitzinger solidly in third in the drivers' standings. Ruhlman's seventh place finish puts him in seventh place in the point standings. In addition to winning the race, Leitzinger won the BFGoodrich Tires "Take Control" Award for leading the most laps in today's race; he led all but two of the 61 race laps and for his efforts received a free set of BFGoodrich g-ForceTM T/A radials. The drivers and the team are consistent in their finishes and looking forward to the next race in two weeks in Quebec, Canada.

"I always thought this would be a great market for a race," Leitzinger said. "It was a great course and a great race. The car was beautiful from the first session; it made it easy. We did not have to make a lot of changes and did not have to use the car up. It was a dream weekend where everything went right and there weren't any problems that crept up. I'm very proud to be with the Tommy Bahama team. Over the weekend everyone worked through the extreme heat and did not make any mistakes."

The Capital Trans-Am 100 represented the midpoint of the 12-race 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup season. After a weekend off, the series continues with the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4, at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. The race will air live on SPEED Channel, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET; check local listings. For more information on the BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series go to: www.trans-amseries.com/index.html

Established in August 1992, Tommy Bahama is a successful lifestyle company that celebrates island living with upscale collections of men's and women's casual sportswear, swimwear, footwear and accessories as well as a complete home furnishings collection. The company has eighteen Tommy Bahama retail emporiums across the country, including six locations that include Tommy Bahama's Tropical Café. The Tommy Bahama collections are also available at some of the country's finest retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and high profile resort locations around the world. www.TommyBahama.com

Preformed Line Products® (PLP) is an international manufacturer and supplier of hardware and support systems for the communications and energy industries. PLP products include the Coyote Closure® and Guy Grip® fasteners used in the telecommunications, cable and energy industries. Worldwide manufacturing facilities include the USA, Canada, China, Brazil, Mexico, Great Britain, Spain, South Africa and Australia. Coyote Closure is a family of fiber optic closure systems designed for superior reliability in aerial, underground and building applications for use in the telecommunications and cable industries. For more information on PLP, go to www.preformed.com; for Randy Ruhlman, go to www.ruhlmanmotorsports.com.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Johnny Miller , Randy Ruhlman , Bobby Sak , Tom Gloy