Having come oh so close to winning her first Trans Am series race several times, Amy Ruman finally took top spot on the podium this weekend at Road Atlanta. Ruman got the jump on Mike Lewis on the 5th restart, when the race went yellow once again due to contact between Glen Jung and John Baucom. All Ruman had to do then was cruise for 3 laps under yellow to became the first woman to win in 45 years of TA racing.
“It feels great,” Ruman said. “I feel like it’s long overdue for our team, but I’m excited to be up here. We worked really hard race after race and unfortunately, our best results were always third. We couldn’t seem to break that barrier the last couple years. I led at Brainerd and then it started raining, and it just seemed like there was always something blocking our way, mechanical problems or getting hit.
“This is just a great way to finish the year for our team, especially McNichols Co. and Goodyear. They’ve been backing me for years and I finally delivered a win. The timing just worked out for us. I was just patient trying to keep everybody at bay and if they got around me, I was just going to hold off to the end of the race and make my move. Unfortunately for Mike, he made a mistake and I capitalized on it and the other yellow came back out. You’ve got to race to the checkered flag and that’s what we did. Even on those last caution laps, those were the longest ones of my life, because I didn’t know if they were going to hurry up and go one more. But I just was patient and just praying that everything would stay together and we would see the checkered and we did.”
Photos are from the 2011 Mosport round, where Amy Ruman finished in 3rd spot.