– The weather was hot and so was the racing at New Jersey Motorsports this past weekend at the MPT Industries Weekend of Thunder featuring the Trans Am Championship. Amy Ruman and Adam Andretti were victorious in the TA and TA2 classes while Ernie Francis, Jr., and Andrew Aquilante won their respective TA3 groups.
For Amy Ruman, driver of the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, the victory, in the TA class MPT Fuel Systems Cleanse 100 Race, marked her fourth on the year and a return to the top step after a frustrating outing at Lime Rock Park. It was a victory hard earned; one that once more saw her run through the entire field having been forced into the pits immediately for a temporary power steering failure—another in what had been a weekend full of mechanical issues for the No. 23. The victory marked Ruman’s third in a row here at New Jersey Motorsports Park, as she remains undefeated in all Trans Am races at NJMP.
“It was a tough weekend,” said Ruman. “As soon as we got here, we were immediately working through mechanical issues; the crew worked hard to try and get us out for qualifying, but we unfortunately missed the deadline by five minutes. We went out, requalified, and put down a lap that would have been second on the grid if we had done it in the main session. I just couldn’t be happier with this team; they go out and bust their butts for me day in and day out and this one goes to them for getting the car together and getting us back out.”
Sharing the track for the weekend of Thunder was NASA, along with The Porsche Club of America and Formula Lites. This was the first appearance for Formula Lites at NJMP, this being their inaugural season. Vinicius Papareli with Team JDX Racing topped the podium in both weekend races.
NJMP Drivers Club members had a strong showing over the weekend in different races and classes. Andrew Aquilante placed 10th overall and 1st in class in Sunday’s Trans Am Ta/Ta3 race stepping in last minute for his father Joe Aquilante. The elder Aquilante walked away with the “Cool Move of the Race Award” from Trans Am. “Not too bad for sitting on the couch this morning,” said Andrew Aquilante. “I got a call from my dad; he said it was going to be a little warm out and asked if I wanted to come out and race. I couldn’t turn that down. It’s great to add a Trans Am win to my name and to do it at home here in New Jersey.”
Member Steve Tullman took 1st in class and overall in Saturday and Sunday’s PCA races.
Complete race results can be found at www.race-monitor.com
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Sitting on more than 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park is the premier motorsports entertainment complex in the Northeast. NJMP is conveniently located near Philadelphia and New York City, offering diverse and dynamic attractions both on and off-track. The park includes three world-class road courses, Thunderbolt, Lightning, and Tempest Raceway, a motorsports country club membership program, one of the top outdoor karting complexes in the U.S., 10 acres of paintball fields, concert and festival space, overnight accommodations, and real estate development opportunities. Also on the property, a clubhouse features meeting space, bar/restaurant and built-in pool.