Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Crashes Out of Phoenix Qualifying Race Avondale, Arizona m- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team was collected in a three car crash in tonight's qualifying race for round seven of the Grand American Rolex...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Crashes Out of Phoenix Qualifying Race
Avondale, Arizona m- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team was collected in a three car crash in tonight's qualifying race for round seven of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Gainsco Grand Prix to be run at Phoenix International Raceway. The team will start 19th for tomorrow evenings main event.
Marcel Tiemann, subbing for Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long, was racing with the number 39 and 60 cars, when there was contact in front of him and the 39 spun and came back onto the track right in front of Tiemann. With no where to go the impact damaged the front, left side and rear of the Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche Crawford.
As a result Long and Rockenfeller will have to start at the rear of the Daytona Prototype field tomorrow evening. Drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long will be on hand for the morning warm-up and will be motivated to come from the back and have a strong finish under the lights.
Marcel Tiemann is disappointed with his Phoenix outing. "We had a difficult start to the weekend when we missed the first practice. I had only six laps in the second practice yesterday. Today we had some good track time and then changed the setup for the qualifying race. It wasn't perfect, but I was able to maintain position up to the first caution. On the restart everything was good until there was contact in front of me and the 39 came back across the track and I had no where to go. It is a shame the race ended this way, but that is racing."
"It is tough what happened to us tonight," said Alex Job. "Marcel was caught up in a wreck that really was none of his doing. We have a long night ahead of us, but the team will make the repairs and we will be ready for the race tomorrow night. I don't think that Mike and Patrick will need any special motivation to get us back to the front. As usual we will run as hard as we can and be on our toes for strategy calls with an emphasis on early track position."