Marcel Tiemann to Sub in ...
Marcel Tiemann to Sub in #23 Ruby Tuesday Daytona Prototype at Phoenix
Monterey, California -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will put Marcel Tiemann behind the wheel of the number 23 Porsche powered Crawford at Phoenix for round seven of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve to be held at Phoenix International Raceway on May 13th.
Regular drivers Patrick Long and Mike Rockenfeller will be busy with other racing duties and will join the team in Phoenix for the Saturday morning warm-up and race that evening on May 13th. Tiemann is being asked to practice, setup the car as well as compete in the qualifying race on Friday.
Tiemann raced last season with Alex Job Racing at Road Atlanta and proved to be a very capable driver and worked well with the team. "It's exciting to rejoin Alex Job Racing and at the same time it shows me that Alex and Porsche have a lot of trust in me. I will try doing my best even if it is a very difficult task for me just jumping in the car and trying to qualify at the front where the team has been in the races so far this year. I have never been to Phoenix, I will study the track map and do a walk around to get a feel for the layout and rely on the team's data. I know that in Grand Am the races are pretty close and there is not a lot "mercy" so I will try to stay clean and qualify as well as possible for Rocky and Patrick."
Tiemann has a history with Grand Am racing with starts and Mont-Tremblant and Watkins Glen. "I drove at Mont-Tremblant last year, but I only drove 10 laps in practice, the car was retired early in the race. At Watkins Glen I drove in the 6-hour, we were pretty strong during the race in the rain and finished in the top 20."
"We have a relationship with Marcel from last year when he stepped in at the last minute and drove with us at Road Atlanta," said Alex Job. "He is someone that I always have high on my list and we needed a fast driver that could step in and maintain the performance that we have shown in the first five events. We are asking him to be a team player and he is equal to the task."