Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Qualifies Third at The Glen Watkins Glen, New York -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team qualified third today at Watkins Glen International Raceway for round 12 of the Grand American Rolex Series...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Qualifies Third at The Glen
Watkins Glen, New York -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team qualified third today at Watkins Glen International Raceway for round 12 of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve for the Crown Royal 200 to be run tomorrow evening.
Mike Rockenfeller qualified the number 23 Ruby Tuesday car with a time of 1:07.760 and an average speed of 130 mph that will have the Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche Crawford start from the second row.
The Ruby Tuesday team had to make short work for the qualifying session, running all of practice and qualifying today, with only the race left tomorrow. The Glen's short course, which measures 2.45-miles long and encompasses 11-turns, will see only the Daytona Prototype class in competition tomorrow. The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will be looking for their third consecutive podium finish in as many races.
Mike Rockenfeller hoped for a better qualifying result. "We are good, but not good enough. I was able to improve on our best practice time, but you always want a chance at the pole. The car still feels a little loose. We have some work to do on the setup of the car in tonight's last practice and we will be looking to put a good consistent car in the race tomorrow."
Patrick Long is happy with the progress of the car. "Mike was able to knock a half-second off of our best practice time in qualifying, that means the changes we are making are the right ones. We need to work a little more on the cars handling, so we can have a comfortable car to run consistent lap times in the race tomorrow. We have one more practice to get it right and no warm-up, so we have some work left today."
"We are little behind where we had hoped to be in qualifying," said Alex Job, team owner. "Coming into this event, we thought that the short course would suit our car a little better than we showed in qualifying. A top three qualifying is a not a bad place to start here and without the GT cars in the field the race pace should be more aggressive than we have seen in the past. The top ten cars are separated by less than a second, so we need to give Mike and Patrick a car that inspires confidence under braking and into the corner."
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, 75 out of the lead in the Daytona Prototype category.