Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Ready For Mid-Ohio Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is on its way to round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve EMCO Gears Classic to be...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Ready For Mid-Ohio
Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is on its way to round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve EMCO Gears Classic to be run at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on Saturday. Ruby Tuesday drivers Patrick Long and Mike Rockenfeller are ready to take on Mid-Ohio and get back in the championship fight.
Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course is a natural layout that covers 2.2-miles and encompasses 13-turns. The Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche Powered Crawford will be making its first visit to Mid-Ohio, however the crew and drivers have a lot of experience at the track located just north of Columbus.
Patrick Long likes the prospects for the Ruby Tuesday team at Mid-Ohio. "Mid-Ohio demands that a car is good under braking and then transitions well into the corner. The direction changes through Mid-Ohio's long radius corners like the Carousal and Key Hole are the types of turns in which our car has proven to be very strong. We will also be focusing the set-up of the car on the trail-braking sections and maximizing traction out of the corners. I like Mid-Ohio. It is a real drivers track and one event that everyone wants to win."
Mike Rockenfeller is looking forward to running the Ruby Tuesday number 23 Daytona Prototype at Mid-Ohio. "I have only been to Mid-Ohio in a GT car. We will need to have good exit speed to get down the long straight, where the aero of the Crawford and power of the Porsche engine should be an advantage. We will also have to have good mechanical grip as there are a lot of mid-speed and slow corners -- overall a well balanced car. We need to get back the performance that we showed in our first four races and try to make up as many points as we can this week."
"We are embarking on an important week for our Ruby Tuesday team," said Alex Job, team owner. "We have fallen back in the points, but two good races at Mid-Ohio and Daytona will put us back into the hunt for the championship. These next two races will dictate how we finish the season. Mid-Ohio is a track we are very familiar with, we need to get back to our early season form. There are only five races left and we cannot afford to have any more set backs."
The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is currently sixth in the battle for the team championship. Long and Rockenfeller are sixth in the drivers point standings, 46 out of the lead in the Daytona Prototype category.
Round nine of the Grand American Rolex series from Mid-Ohio will be televised, tape delayed, on Speed Channel starting at 3:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, June 25th.
The team will be appearing at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Ontario, Ohio on Friday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. to sign autographs and greet fans.