Fireworks Fizzled for Ruman at Brainerd
July 6, 2017
Munroe Falls, Ohio – Ruman and team did not get the turnaround they were hoping for this past holiday weekend at the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic held at Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), MN.
Despite landing a strong third in qualifying with only two hot laps due to a driveshaft failure, Ruman was unable to capitalize and move up during the race on Sunday in her No. 23 McNichols Co. Corvette.
She had a great start and was running a strong third place for the first part of the race, with the top three competitors nearly 13 seconds ahead of fourth place until a caution bunched the field back together. Ruman had great battles with Lawrence and Ave, and eventually settled into fourth until the last lap. Francis Jr. spun with a few laps to go, and in an effort to catch and fight him for third Ruman also lost grip and spun. She took home fifth at the end of the day.
“Hum, what can I say other then I’m disappointed in my performance. It seemed like we had a really good car the first half of the race and was able to keep pace with the leaders, then we just faded. This is just the way our year has gone, but we will keep pushing and trying to get back up front no matter what,” stated Ruman.
The start of the TA/3/4 race was significantly delayed due to an on track incident in the SCCA regional race held immediately before. Unfortunately, the accident resulted in a fatality of one of the Trans Am Series drivers, Mel Shaw, who was slated to drive in the TA4 class.
“On behalf of the Ruman Racing team and McNichols Company, our hearts and prayers go out to Deb (Mel’s wife) and their family during this unimaginable time. It was very difficult and emotional to get in the car and race after that, but we all know Mel would have wanted us too. He will be missed in the TA paddock that’s for sure,” commented Ruman.
Ruman remains third in the Championship points standings following the results this weekend. Ernie Francis, Jr. is in first with 166 points, followed by Vincent Allegretta – 135, and Amy Ruman – 112.
Don’t forget to 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 22, 2017 and the TA2 race will be broadcast at 12:00pm ET on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
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