Fellows and Ruhlman slated to run #40 Preformed Line Products Daytona Prototype at Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, Calif.(Aug. 23, 2006) – Ron Fellows and Randy Ruhlman are slated to drive the #40 Preformed Line Products Pontiac Riley in this weekend's Daytona Prototype race at Infineon Raceway. The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Sonoma 250 gets underway on Saturday, August 26th at 3 p.m. PT.
Both Fellows and Ruhlman have plenty of experience on the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Fellows and Ruhlman have both run in sedans and the Trans-Am Series at the track, while Fellows recently competed here, in June, at the NEXTEL Cup Dodge/SaveMart 350. Randy Ruhlman began his driving career here and has extensive experience and numerous sedan victories at Infineon Raceway.
The 100-lap race Rolex Sports Car Series race will feature 25 Daytona Prototype cars and 14 GT cars on 2.52-mile road course. Practice and qualifying begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24th and the 2 3/4 hour race is scheduled for a 3 p.m. PT start on Saturday, August 26th. Television coverage will be next day, tape-delayed on SPEED at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 27th.
Ron Fellows drove with Derhaag Motorsports earlier this year at the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Randy Ruhlman, Justin Bell and Chris Bingham. Fellows had been slated to drive with the team in several other Daytona Prototype races this year, before scheduling problems have prevented him from doing so.
With just two races left, this Saturday's Round Thirteen at Infineon Raceway marks the final push of the 2006 Grand American Road Racing season. The season concludes with next weekend's nine-hour finale at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Ruhlman will be paired up with his co-driver from Watkins Glen, Paul Dallenbach, and Canadian sedan and Formula car Champion Kenny Wilden. That race begins at noon on Saturday, September 2nd and will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED.
Fellows is recognized the world over as one of road racing’s most accomplished and talented drivers. A factory Chevrolet driver, Fellows is currently a Championship favorite in the American LeMans Series GTS Corvette. An overall winner at the Daytona24 and at the 24 Hours of LeMans, the Canadian driver has wins in Trans-Am and ALMS, as well as NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck series. Ron is a regular driver in NASCAR, in both the BUSCH and NEXTEL Cup Series on the road courses, and recently ran Watkins Glen and Infineon in the NEXTEL Cup Series.
Ruhlman was named the 2005 BBS "Most Improved Driver of the Year", won the 2005 Cleveland Grand Prix Trans-Am race and Long Beach Grand Prix, and was runner up for the 2005 Trans-Am Drivers' Championship. Ruhlman makes the record books as fourth in Top Ten finishes in Trans-Am history. Ruhlman from Greensboro, NC has been a professional race car driver since his Rookie year in Trans-Am in 1990 and has extensive racing experience, predominantly in road racing in the Trans-Am Series, as well as in IMSA, ASA and the NASCAR short track series.
The Derhaag Motorsports Pontiac Riley carries primary sponsorship from Preformed Line Products with additional sponsorship logos of Coyote Closures®, Park Place Ltd, KeyBank and McDonald Financial Group.
Preformed Line Products (PLP) is an international manufacturer and supplier of hardware and support systems for the communications and energy industries. Products include the COYOTE® Closure and GUY-GRIP® Dead-End used in the telecommunications, cable and energy industries. Manufacturing facilities are located worldwide in the USA, Canada, China, Brazil, Mexico, England, Spain, South Africa, Australia and Thailand.
Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $92 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally.
McDonald Financial Group offers comprehensive financial services to affluent individuals from 87 offices in 15 states. As part of Cleveland-based KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), McDonald Financial Group combines the capabilities of McDonald Investments Inc.'s Private Client Group, member NASD/NYSE/SIPC, and Key PrivateBank. McDonald Financial Group offers banking, estate planning, financial planning, retirement planning, brokerage, trust, individual asset management, insurance advice and services, and charitable giving counsel.
For further information about the drivers, sponsor, team, please visit the following links:
Derhaag Motorsports http://www.derhaag.com/
Randy Ruhlman http://www.randyruhlman.com//
Ron Fellows http://www.ronfellows.com
Preformed Line Products http://www.preformed.com/
McDonald Financial Group http://www.key/mfg