Disappointment for Amy Ruman at the Brickyard after Qualifying 3rd
June 22, 2017
Munroe Falls, Ohio – After looking for turnaround in what has proved to be a difficult season for the Ruman Racing team, Amy Ruman finished tenth in the TA class at the Indianapolis Trans Am race on Saturday.
In a hot and steamy weekend at IMS, Ruman qualified the No. 23 McNichols Co. Corvette in third position, behind Ernie Francis Jr. and Vinnie Allegretta. In the opening laps, Ruman and Pintaric battled for third and fourth swapping positions a few times. While in the lead pack and trying to negotiate heavy lapped traffic, Ruman and a TA4 car had an altercation sending both cars off track. At that point, Ruman had a lot of ground to make up to rejoin the lead pack and proceeded to make her way back up.
Unfortunately, mid-race, after passing a pack of TA3/4 cars going to turn one, a few of them came together sending a Porsche flying through the breaking zone right into the rear of Ruman's Corvette. The No.23 sustained heavy damage to the rear of the car and forced her to pit lane for repairs. The stop ultimately put Ruman four laps down, although she was able to continue and took the checker finishing in tenth place.
“While I’m once again extremely disappointed in the finish of our race, I can't say enough about what a great race weekend it was with Trans Am, SVRA, and the Legends of Indy racing. The showcase between the cool historic Trans Am cars and the newer machinery we are driving, all really put on one heck of a show. It was an amazing crowd, beautiful weather, and a really impressive race weekend production. I can't wait to come back to the Brickyard and try my hand at winning here once again,” explained Ruman. “My crew gave it their all once again for me and I can’t thank them enough. This season has been a tough one so far, but they keep digging and so will I.”
Ruman remains third in the Championship points standings following the results this weekend. Ernie Francis, Jr. is in first with 138 points, followed by Vincent Allegretta – 103, and Amy Ruman – 90. Points thus far are based on four out of the five races, with competitors dropping the worst finish out of the first five races (see rule 11.2.1 for full explanation).
*Points subject to change, results were still provisional at time of release.
Fans can tune into the taped delayed National Television Coverage of both races on CBS Sports Network. The TA race will be 12:00pm ET on Saturday, July 8, 2017 and the TA2 race will be broadcast at 12:00pm ET on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
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