Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing On Front Row For Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 21, 2007) -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will start tomorrow's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing On Front Row For Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 21, 2007) -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will start tomorrow's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve race from the front row, following today's 20-minute qualifying session for the Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arant.
Piloting the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Porsche Crawford, Long secured the team's first front row start of the season with a lap of 1:22.527 (100.330 mph). Long turned his fastest time on his fourth circuit around the 2.3-mile, 16-turn road course.
"The guys worked hard last night and Greg Fordahl (chief engineer) put a setup on the car this morning that was right there," Long said crediting his team its qualifying spot. "I am elated to be on the front row. The competition here in the Rolex Grand-Am series is pretty tight. If you're in the top-five, then you are doing your homework. So, to be on the front row, in what is kind of our home race with Ruby Tuesday sponsoring the event, it's great. It's exciting that a lot of our friends and executives are coming out from Knoxville to see us race."
"We are very happy that this is our first front row of the season," team owner Alex Job said. "It's been a long time coming. We've had several days of struggling until today. But, again it shows the depth of our team, from the drivers to the crew to the engineer. To struggle as much as we did yesterday and then to come back and be P2 in this morning's practice session and then to be P2 in qualifying -- it's great. That is what this team does; it keeps bouncing back from adversity. Now we need a strong result tomorrow and we believe we can do it.
Long's defending Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype teammate Jorg Bergmeister will co-pilot the Alex Job Racing-prepared Porsche Crawford for tomorrow's 250-mile Round 10 race. Bergmeister won last year's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, while Long, and his then co-driver Mike Rockenfeller, finished third in the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team machine. Bergmeister holds the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype race record at Barber with a 2:45:16.341 at an average speed of 80.993-mph.
The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team has one win, two top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season. Both, Bergmeister and Long are tied for seventh-place with 210 points (62 points behind the point leader Scott Pruett) in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Driver Point standings. The team is in sixth-place in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Team Point standings also with 210 points.
Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype race fans can catch all of the exciting live door-to-door action beginning at 2 p.m. (CDT) Sunday, July 22 on SPEED Channel.