Amy Ruman to make 100th Trans Am start at COTA
By RACER.com staff
Amy Ruman will reach another milestone in her Trans Am Series career this weekend, as she is set to make her 100th Trans Am start at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas.
Trans Am has been home to the family-run Ruman Racing team for over 20 years. Following in the footsteps of her father, Trans Am veteran driver Bob Ruman, Amy first drove the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette 13 years ago, making her 2005 Trans Am debut at Cleveland in her home state of Ohio. Since then, Ruman has been making history throughout her iconic road racing career.
With her victory at Road Atlanta in 2011, Amy Ruman became the first woman to win a Trans Am race in the 45-year history of the series. She then went on to become the first woman to win a professional automobile race as a solo driver at Daytona International Speedway, in 2014. Building on those victories, Ruman captured more wins along with her first Trans Am championship title in 2015. In 2016, she won her second straight title in the Trans Am Series’ 50th Anniversary season. In all, Ruman has 16 Trans Am wins, 41 podium finishes and five poles.
“I can’t believe this milestone is here for me — what an amazing accomplishment not only for me but also for my team,” she said. “My dad and I have 195 starts combined – which means the Ruman Racing/McNichols Company team does, too! I couldn’t have done this without them — I am truly blessed. Trans Am has been our home for over 20 years – the fans, the competitors, the teams, the staff, the corner workers, they are all family to us, and I celebrate this achievement with all of them.
“I am honored to be a part of such a fantastic legacy Trans Am has built throughout the years, and to be in company with many great drivers in history,” Ruman added. “I have to thank McNichols Company for supporting us and standing by us all of these years and I also want to thank my family and crew for working tirelessly for me day after day.”
Ruman started racing at age 18 and since then has competed in SCCA National Grand Touring-1 (GT-1), SCCA Spec Racer and Spec Racer Pro Series, Women’s Global GT Series, and solo autocross. She currently runs full-time in the Trans Am Series TA class.
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