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Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Takes Lead to Laguna Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will take their Daytona Prototype lead into round six of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal...

Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Takes Lead to Laguna

Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will take their Daytona Prototype lead into round six of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve U.S. Sportscar Invitational to be held at Laguna Seca next week.

Last weekends thrilling victory at Virginia International Raceway has drivers Patrick Long and Mike Rockenfeller in the drivers points lead in the Daytona Prototype category by five over their closest pursuer. Last year's race at the Monterey Peninsula track proved to be a rough affair. With some 47 cars entered the California track will be busy.

The picturesque undulating layout of the 2.2-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca course, which features the world famous Cork Screw turn, will once again be a proving ground for the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Porsche powered Crawford. The entire track recently under went a complete repaving assuring a fast surface for the team. The Florida crew has posted wins on the modified oval course at Homestead as well as the natural road layout at VIR.

Mike Rockenfeller has visited Laguna Seca only once before. "I raced at Laguna for the first time last year in a GT car, so the Daytona Prototype will be a different and fun experience. With the way we have been able to setup the car for every different kind of track, I am sure the Alex Job guys will have us quick right off of the trailer. I really like the left hander that leads up to the Cork Screw corner; it is fast with a blind entry. It is nice to be leading the points, but our focus is on winning."

Being from California, Pat Long feels as if Laguna is a home race. "The track will be a lot of fun in a DP car with the aero and less roll than a GT. This will be like a home race for me. We are leading the points; we are going to keep racing for wins as opposed to trying preserve a lead. I am going to run the qualifying race at Laguna. The qualifier is a points paying race as well as your finish will dictate your starting spot for Sunday, so these weekends are really double headers. There is some strategy involved, but we will plan to go fast in practice and win the qualifier, you still have to drive ten/tenths. The uphill to the Cork Screw will be a little tricky; the Lexus cars have the horsepower and less weight."

"It is nice to be leading the points, but we are keeping our competitive edge sharp," said Alex Job. "The qualifying races have as much value in points as the main event, so we prepare and treat them like another race. We go into this event with the momentum from VIR and leading the team and drivers points, so we are in a nice position early in the season. Mike and Patrick are not doing too much celebrating, as we are focused on winning and we will let the points take care of themselves."

The race from Laguna Seca will take the green flag at 12:00 p.m. local and will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Patrick Long , Mike Rockenfeller , Alex Job