P6 for Ruman at Wet and Wild Road America Trans Am Race
September 1, 2015
Munroe Falls, Ohio – Let’s just say the weather did not cooperate on race day for The Next Dimension 100, presented by the 3-Dimensional Services Group, at legendary Road America, Wisconsin, this past weekend for Round 8 of the Trans Am Championship schedule. Competitors saw dry conditions for the practice and qualifying days, but when race day rolled around it was wet, foggy, and chilly for the early morning Saturday race.
Amy Ruman, in her No. 23 McNichols Chevrolet Corvette, was just edged out of second place during qualifying, placing her third on the grid for the start of the race. Ebben (2:05.321), Fix (2:05.906), Ruman (2:05.959), Peterson (2:06.462), and Gregg (2:06.462) were the TA “fast five” qualifiers Friday morning.
At the 9:30am (CT) race starting time, conditions were not favorable for racing. The drivers took to a wet/damp track under double yellow with a series of pace laps hoping for the fog to lift, but it did not. The field took the green flag with a single file start. Everyone in the TA class ran Hoosier slick tires. As they headed into turn one, Ebben, Fix, and Ruman traded spots, but Ruman found herself quickly sliding off the wet track into a tire wall. Ruman was able to continue, but fell way back in the combined three class field and last in the TA class.
Keeping her head down, Ruman went into recovery mode and began working her way back through the deep field. Drying track conditions, many passes, and a few caution periods helped Ruman close the gap to the front. Now in sixth position in TA, she found herself in contention for the top five when a late race caution came out due to multiple incidents on the track. The race never went green again and was checkered early.
“Unfortunately, I made a mistake and this is not how I wanted today to go, but we made the best of another bad situation,” said Ruman. “We made back a few points on Fix and that’s what matters right now, the big picture – the championship. I feel bad for my crew though, they just finished fixing all the bodywork after the Mid-Ohio debacle, now they will be back at it again! Oh well, I guess it’s called job security,” laughed Ruman.
With four races to go in the season, Ruman increased her points lead over Fix by 2 – making it a 24 point difference. Ruman remains in the lead with 230, Fix in second with 206, and Peterson in third with 183 points.
The Next Dimension 100, presented by the 3-Dimensional Services Group race at Road America will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network, airing on Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
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