On This Day in Trans Am History: March 1, 2015
March 1, 2021
March 1, 2015
Amy Ruman won the season-opening race at Sebring in a Corvette, beginning a campaign which saw her become the first female Trans Am champion. It was her sixth victory in the series.
Ruman opened the weekend by capturing the pole for the Foametix 100.
Ruman ran a fast lap of 2:01.400 around the 3.74-mile circuit in the No. 23 McNichols Company Corvette. Second on the 73-car grip (21 in TA) was R.J. Lopez, followed by Doug Peterson, Paul Fix and Simon Gregg.
Other pole winners were Cameron Lawrence (TA2), Lee Saunders (TA3 Int) and Ernie Francis Jr. (TA3 American Muscle).
Ruman led in the early caution-plagued going, before being passed for the lead by Lopez. Ruman made a three-wide pass to regain the lead in Turn 1 following a restart, but washed up to allow Lopez to get by in Turn 2. Ruman then had a strong run exiting Turn 3 and repassed Lopez. Gregg followed Ruman to take second from Lopez, and gave chase throughout the remaining laps. On the final circuit, Gregg made his bid for the lead in traffic, but tangled with Peterson.
Ruman went on to beat Peterson by 1.664 seconds, ending his two-year winning streak, followed by Fix, his Tony Ave Racing teammate.
“I couldn’t be happier with the McNichols No. 23,” Ruman said after the race. “The car was a rocketship today; I’m so proud of our crew and my father, who gave me a great car for the race. We’ve got a PME engine under the hood like we did at Daytona [in the 2014 finale], and we’re two-for-two with it. It’s a great way to start off the year.”
Cameron Lawrence took his third consecutive Sebring TA2 triumph, driving a Dodge Challenger, followed by the Camaro of rookie Gar Robinson and the Mustang of rookie Lawrence Loshak.
Saunders won TA3 INT, with Todd Napieralski winning TA3 AM.