Munroe Falls, Ohio – It’s been another long hiatus between events for the Trans Am Series and teams and they are finally heading back to the track this weekend after nearly a two month break since the last race at Road America in early August.
Ruman and the team are looking for redemption this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Danville, VA. Shockingly, a transmission failure was found in the No. 23 McNichols/Cornertech Chevrolet Corvette just prior to the race at Road America. Ruman was able to get a race start from pit lane, but the last-minute failure prevented her from competing in the race, a devastating blow to her battle in the 2020 Championship Presented by Pirelli dropping her from third in points to fifth.
The Series was scheduled to travel to Watkins Glen International Raceway September 11-13, but Covid-19 restrictions in the state of New York forced the event to be cancelled. Trans Am management elected to make the VIR event a double header, featuring two races for all classes.
The Trans Am Series is running in conjunction with SVRA’s Heacock Classic Gold Cup event. Drivers will take on the exciting 18 turn, 3.27-mile track. 51 competitors are entered across all classes for the event, with 13 running in Ruman’s TA class. The Saturday races will feature the normal class splits, TA/XGT/SGT/GT and TA2 in separate races. Sunday’s race will feature all classes running in the same race.
“We have really taken advantage of the break in the schedule, the crew has gone through the car, made some changes, and we were able to get some testing in. The Road America race was a huge disappointment for us, our fans, and our sponsors, it killed me not to race after a strong fourth place showing in qualifying,” commented Ruman. “This weekend is going to be busy and challenging, but we are looking to have two consistent top finishes and gain some valuable points. Regrettably, there will be no spectators allowed to attend the event. Fortunately, fans can tune into LIVE STREAMING of both races on the Trans Am by Pirelli app – make sure you download today if you haven’t already!”
Testing, practices, and qualifying will take place Thursday through Sunday. Saturday, September 26th, the TA/XGT/SGT/GT feature race is slated for 11:20am ET followed by the TA2® race Powered by AEM at 1:45pm ET, both races are 31-laps (101.37-mi). Sunday’s race featuring all classes will start at 11:05am ET. Please visit gotransam.com or virnow.com for schedules and all other weekend information.
Ernie Francis Jr. leads the TA class championship after Road America Round 4 with 118 points, followed by Tomy Drissi in second – 108, Simon Gregg in third – 90, Chris Dyson in fourth – 84, and Amy Ruman in fifth – 82 points.
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