Amy Ruman Will Compete in a New Chevrolet C6 Corvette in 2012 Trans Am Season
February 11, 2012
MIAMI Fla. –Amy Ruman returns for her sixth season of Trans Am Championship racing in 2012, and she’ll be doing it in style – in a much newer Chevrolet C6 Corvette bought at the conclusion of last season.
Ruman closed the deal on the new car just hours before winning her first ever Trans Am race – in last year’s season finale at Road Atlanta.
“My mission that weekend was to get a Trans Am win in the original 23 car before we retired it! Lucky for me, it happened,” said Ruman.
Ruman’s new mount was built by Rocketsports in 2006, and was purchased by Ruman Racing from fellow Trans Am competitor Doug Harrington.
The old mount, a C5 Corvette, had been a Trans Am regular since 1995. It was originally bodied as a Camaro, with Bob Ruman contesting 95 Trans Am races in it from 1996 through 2004. Following Bob’s retirement, Amy took the driver’s seat in 2005 and she’s added 22 Trans Am races and numerous GT-1 SCCA National club races to the car’s log.
Amy has enjoyed success – 19 top 10 finishes, 14 top five finishes, seven podium finishes, and one victory – but she’s more than looking forward to contesting the 2012 Trans Am Series in her new Corvette.
“I'm really excited to run a newer updated car in 2012,” added Ruman. “We ran very competitively for many years. I am hopeful this new car will give me the boost I need to win more races and have a better shot at winning the championship.”
The new Corvette will offer a much improved braking system with better cooling as well as the latest suspension geometry. It will also provide improved engine cooling and it is expected to be much more reliable.
“After we picked up the car, we took it out for a quick test at a local track,” said Ruman. “The test went well, I got comfortable in it and it also gave us a good idea of what changes we wanted to make to the setup. My crew has put in a lot of time “Rumanizing” the new car in the off season. We plan to do some more off season private testing and maybe a GT-1 National race before the Trans Am season gets underway.”
The new #23 McNichols Co./Goodyear/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette will sport Ruman Racing's signature red and black trim. Ruman is plans to run the full Trans Am schedule this year. For news and updates on Ruman’s 2012 Trans Am season, follow her on Twitter @rumanracing and on Facebook pages: Ruman Racing and Amy Ruman (Official Fan Page).