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Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Hopes Six is a Charm Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is heading to the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen and round eight of the...

Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Hopes Six is a Charm

Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is heading to the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen and round eight of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve. The team has regrouped from a tough West Coast road trip that witnessed two unlikely part failures causing drivers Patrick Long and Mike Rockenfeller to drop from the top spot in the series driver's standings.

Watkins Glen is a picturesque 3.37-mile, 11-turn undulating natural road course located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The track, famous for its Formula 1 and sportscar battles over the years, plays host to the Grand American series for the first of two dates this season

Patrick Long drove a Daytona Prototype for the first time at The Glen last year and teammate Mike Rockenfeller has but a few laps in a GT car on his Watkins Glen dossier. Alex Job Racing has not raced at The Glen since 1998, however, that year the team was first and second in GT3 and first in GT2.

Patrick Long would like a Watkins Glen win on his resume. "Watkins Glen is a track with a lot of history and a six-hour win is something I would like to add to my list of racing accomplishments. The track layout really suits our Porsche powered Crawford. It will be up to Mike and I to get the setup right, but this type of track is where we excel. The race is somewhere between a sprint and endurance distance, we will be pushing every practice and throughout the entire six-hours. The Alex Job guys will be making their usual great strategy calls and we will look to get back to victory lane."

Mike Rockenfeller has about six laps at Watkins Glen. "I raced there a couple of years ago in a Porsche GT car. I think I did about six laps and those were in the rain. I really like the track, with its rolling terrain it reminds me a little of another famous sportscar track, the Nordschleife in Germany. Our car should be really strong there as our advantage is in the transitions from the braking point of the turn and entry to turns and Watkins Glen has 11 of them."

"Our West Coast races at Laguna Seca and Phoenix really set us back in the points," said Alex Job, team owner. "We were really on a roll up until May. We have had the opportunity to catch our breath and really go over the car in detail after the qualifying crash at Phoenix. Watkins Glen is a track that the team has not raced at in eight years.JAll of the guys are looking forward to going back there and continuing our success at the historic track. Our drivers and key staff have been there last year, so we will be up to speed in short order and will look to bounce back from our hard luck month of May."

Long and Rockenfeller are currently seventh in the drivers point standings, 34 out of the lead in the Daytona Prototype category. Alex Job Racing is fifth in the team championship.

Round eight of the Grand American Rolex series from Watkins Glen will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 2:30 p.m. EST, Saturday, June 3rd.

The team will be appearing at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in the Arnot Mall in Horseheads, New York on June 2nd at 8:00 p.m. to sign autographs and greet fans.

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