Amy Ruman has just earned a spot in the motorsports history books, being the first woman to ever top the podium in the Trans-Am series’ 45 year history. It also marks her first SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series win – and proved a great way to finish off the season.
Ruman got her chance to secure the title after a restart that followed the fourth of five full-course caution periods in the 40-lap race. Driving her No. 23 McNichols/Goodyear/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette, Ruman was in second behind leader Mike Lewis, until she jumped ahead heading into Turn 1. Only moments later, the day’s final full-day caution was brought out, and the remaining three laps in the race were run under yellow, securing Ruman’s victory.
“It feels great,” said Ruman. “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.”