Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Looks for Final Round Win at Miller Motorsports Park TAVARES, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2007) -- After 13 rounds of the most exciting door-to-door racing action in North America, it's finally here and the Ruby ...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Looks for Final Round Win at Miller Motorsports Park
TAVARES, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2007) -- After 13 rounds of the most exciting door-to-door racing action in North America, it's finally here and the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is ready -- ready to win the final round of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season.
The trio of Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team drivers Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Mike Rockenfeller are set to do battle in the Sunchaser 1000k Sept. 13-15 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Miller Motorsports Park is a 4.5-mile, 24-turn road course, which is the longest road course in North America.
"I really like the track," Bergmeister said. "To go quick on this track you need to have a very balanced car. You need to have a car that is good at trail braking into the slower corners and it needs to have a stable aero balance for the first part of the lap with all its fast corners."
"The track in Salt Lake City is pretty cool," Long said. "I haven't raced there in the DP, but I've had some success there in other categories. After missing the DP race last year, I'm looking forward to doing this year's race. The event length -- at 1000 kilometers -- is a really good format. I've done it [1000k races] before over in Europe and it's just the right amount of endurance and sprint format. I think with the longer format, race strategy and good pit stops will play a crucial role in helping us finish up the season strong."
"The track is very tricky with all of those turns," Rockenfeller said. "There are no references points which makes almost all of them look the same."
After spending the entire 2006 season with the Ruby Tuesday team, Rockenfeller returns to pilot the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Porsche Crawford Daytona Prototype. In fact, Rockenfeller is the only Ruby Tuesday driver to pilot the Alex Job Racing-prepared Porsche Crawford DP at Miller Motorsports Park. Last year, Rockenfeller qualified second in the No. 23 machine
"Racing with Rocky is always a lot of fun," Long said of Rockenfeller. "We've had some really good times. We've raced together since 2003, which was my first year as a junior Porsche factory driver in Germany. Mike is a good all-around guy and very fast on the race track."
"It's great to have Mike in the car with us at Miller," Bergmeister said. "He is a very quick driver and he knows the car and the team very well. This makes him the perfect fit as the third driver for a long race. Even though he and I have never driven in the same car, I know Mike pretty well from his time as a Porsche factory driver."
"I am excited to be back with Alex Job and the Ruby Tuesday team," Rockenfeller said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the guys and racing with Patrick again. This will be the first time I've raced with Jorg. I think we'll have a lot of fun and I hope I can help the team have a good result in Salt Lake. It's great to be driving back in the United States."
"I am really looking forward to this race," team owner Alex Job said. "I think we have the three best drivers in the paddock for a long race like this one and I am confident that our crew can give them a good car. I can't think of a better way to finish the 2007 season than to win the final race. A win would give us a lot of momentum heading into off-season testing and hopefully set the tone for a win-filled 2008 season. This race should be a lot of fun."
Long is eighth in the Grand-Am Rolex Series DP Driver Point standings with 293 points. Despite not having competed in the last two Grand-Am DP races, Bergmeister has 247 points, which is good enough for 13th. The team is in seventh place in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Team Point standings also with 293 points. The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team has one win, two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes this season.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series practice is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon (MDT) and from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. A one hour practice session begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, with a 15-minute qualifying session starting at 2:15 p.m. The Daytona Prototypes take to the track for a final 15-minute practice session beginning at 7:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, with round 14 action starting at 11 a.m. Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype race fans can catch all of the live race action beginning at 1 p.m. (EDT), with continuing coverage resuming at 5:30 p.m. on SPEED Channel.