Munroe Falls, Ohio – Ruman and the team are heading south to Atlanta after a quick turnaround from the race at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) last week. Changes to the 2020 schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic have shifted the season finale to Road Atlanta this weekend after the Series was forced to cancel the re-scheduled May Laguna Seca event which was now planned for December 6th.
Ruman heads to the season finale fourth in the Championship points race after a disappointing race at COTA. Ruman qualified the No. 23 McNichols/Cornertech Chevrolet Corvette fifth on the grid for the start of the race. Ruman had a great start moving up a few spots in the first turn, but then got tagged from behind and spun in turn 2. She was able to continue but fell way back in the field, eventually moving back up to finish in fifth.
“I was super disappointed I got spun after I had another great start. We were racing closely and both vying for that slot. Unfortunately, we lost a chance at gaining some valuable points to try and move up in the Championship race,” expressed Ruman.
The Road Atlanta event this weekend, originally scheduled in March, will go off as another double race event weekend for teams and competitors. Ruman has had much success at the iconic track, scoring three wins here along with her first career Trans Am win in 2011 and multiple podiums throughout the years. Fans can read more about Ruman’s Atlanta history in a feature article written by the Trans Am PR team – Trans Am Champion Amy Ruman – Modern Trailblazer at Road Atlanta.
“I’m excited we are able to finish off this crazy 2020 season at Road Atlanta this weekend, it’s an awesome track. With challenges like the downhill esses and the downhill on the front straight and can really make for an exciting race for drivers and fans. I am pleased we are allowed to have spectators at the event this weekend. I’m focused on closing out the season with two solid finishes – by that I mean wins,” commented Ruman.
As part of the SpeedTour, the Trans Am Series is running in conjunction with Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Road Atlanta Grand Prix event at the iconic 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit. 55 competitors are entered across all classes for the event, with 12 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. Spectators will be allow to attend the event, but fans at home will also be able to tune into LIVE STREAMING of both races on the Trans Am by Pirelli app.
Testing, practices, and qualifying will take place Thursday through Sunday. Saturday, November 21st, the TA/XGT/SGT/GT feature race is slated for 10:45am ET followed by the TA2® race Powered by AEM at 3:20pm ET, both races are 40-laps (101.6-mi). Sunday’s race featuring all classes will start at 11:20am ET. Visit gotransam.com, svra.com, or roadatlanta.com for ticket, full schedule, and all other weekend information.
Heading into the final two rounds of the Trans Am Championship Presented by Pirelli, Ernie Francis Jr. leads the TA class with 215 points, followed by Tomy Drissi in second – 172, Simon Gregg in third – 153, Amy Ruman in fourth – 151, and Chris Dyson in fifth – 148 points.
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