Amy Ruman led the way Sunday during the Trans Am race in Sebring. The driver cruised to victory in a record-setting field of 69 cars.PHOTO BY CHRIS CLARK
RACE SETS RECORD WITH 69 CARS IN THE FIELD
Amy Ruman and the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette emerged victorious at the Foametix Trans Am 100 at Sebring International Raceway and at the front of the record-setting 69-car field. On Sunday, after a vigorous battle in the TA class, Ruman fended off the likes of RJ Lopez, Simon Gregg and defending Champion Doug Peterson.
“I couldn’t be happier with the McNichols 23,” said Ruman. “The car was just 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, and we’re two for two with it. It’s a great way to start off the year for us and McNichols Company.”
Doug Peterson and the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette would finish second while teammate Paul Fix, in the No. 4 Stopflex.com/TheCarCoach.com Chevrolet Corvette, would finish second, capturing a two-three finish for Tony Ave Racing.
In TA2, Cameron Lawrence, driver of the No. 1 MOPAR Dodge Challenger and defending TA2 class Champion, captured his third consecutive win at Sebring International Raceway and in doing so started his title defense in stunning fashion — leading the majority of the race.
“You always want to try and stay out front of most of the chaos,” said Lawrence. “I was really pleased with the pole position we had and a little surprised by it. I wanted to run up front and just run a clean race. There was a little mishap up front so we fell back to second for a bit, but we were able to retake the lead. The car performed well — it’s great to have support here from MOPAR, they’re helping out, making sure the engine is reliable; they’ve done a great job. We’re happy with the win “
The TA3 class was split by Todd Napieralski, in the No. 39 Tremec/SKF/Backstreet Performance Chevrolet Camaro, who captured the American Muscle Group, and Lee Saunders, in the No. 84 Landsearch LLC Dodge Viper, who won the International Group.
The Foametix Trans Am 100 at Sebring set the all-time record for Trans Am entries in a single race at 69, and 73 cars participated in sessions throughout the weekend.
Trans Am will next take to the track at Homestead-Miami Speedway on April 12 for round two of the Trans Am Championship.