Misfortune for Ruman at Watkins Glen Trans Am
September 15, 2022
Munroe Falls, Ohio – Round 9 of the Trans Am Championship Presented by Pirelli TA did not go according to plan for the Ruman Racing team last weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI), NY.
Sunny skies and perfect racing temperatures started off the Franklin Road Trans Am weekend perfectly. Ruman worked through some set up issues and secured sixth place in Saturday night’s qualifying session in her No. 23 McNichols Chevrolet Corvette. However, a rainy Sunday made for a soggy TA race day.
The track was rain soaked with intermittent heavy rain showers and no chance of drying out during the race. Teams went out on wet tires, their rain setups, and not much visibility. There was lots of action throughout the field, with Ruman trading positions and advancing to fourth on a great re-start during the first part of the race. A few laps later, the rain increased, and she hit some heavy water running across the track in turn 6 heading down the chute. The front brakes locked up and she slid off the track into the wall. Ruman was able to get the car off the wall and continue to pit lane, but the car sustained significant damage and she was unable to continue the race.
“Everyone knows I don’t really like racing in the rain, but today I was really running well. I had some great battles with Drissi and Fix, the rain setup was working well, and I was confident we could stay up front. Unfortunately, I overshot the braking zone and once I locked up in the wet, I was just a passenger. The car sustained tremendous damage and I feel terrible for the team. They have a lot to fix, but we all know the risk goes up in these treacherous conditions. I truly wish it was a dry race because I think we would have had a fast car. The guys will get to work right away so we can try and make VIR next month”, exclaimed Ruman.
After Round 9 at Watkins Glen, Chris Dyson clinched the TA National class championship with 270 points, Tomy Drissi moves up into second – 200, Ken Thwaits drops to third – 194, Amy Ruman is in fourth – 188, and David Pintaric sits in fifth – with 114 points.
Two rounds remain in the 2022 season, with the Series traveling to VIRginia International Raceway next month, October 6-9.
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