Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Looks for Redemption in Phoenix Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team heads to the Valley of the Sun for round seven of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Looks for Redemption in Phoenix
Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team heads to the Valley of the Sun for round seven of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve Gainsco Grand Prix to be run at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday night. The team will be seeking to return to front running form after a part failure dropped them from the lead at Laguna Seca three days ago. Drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long will do double duty with Marcel Tiemann doing early work for the team at PIR.
Drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long will be engaged in a double header racing weekend that will see the two competing against each other at the Houston Grand Prix in GT2 Porsches and then become teammates on Saturday in the number 23 Alex Job Racing prepared Ruby Tuesday entry. Rockenfeller will commute to Phoenix on Thursday to take part in night practice and then return to Houston to drive the number 23 Alex Job 911 RSR in the race Friday night. Rockenfeller has yet to race at PIR. The duo will then share a plane ride to Phoenix in time for the Saturday morning warm-up.
Marcel Tiemann has been engaged to put the AJR Porsche Crawford through its paces at the 1.51-mile, 11-turn modified oval road course in Phoenix. Tiemann will handle the duties in practice and the qualifying race. The German is a veteran FIA GT competitor as well as long time front runner in Europe's DTM series.
"We have plenty of practiced resources to handle a double weekend," said Alex Job. "We have traditionally run two cars so we have enough of our crew that know how we do things and that we can draw upon to step right in and do the job. Marcel Tiemann is very capable and we have a lot of faith in his ability to get us up and running in Phoenix. Mike and Patrick are professionals and they will be ready for Saturday night, they are energized by the performance of the car and the team, plus they are young and in shape to take on the rigors of this weekend."
Patrick Long will return to Phoenix, this time behind the wheel of a Daytona Prototype. "Last year they ran the GT and DP classes in separate races. This year they are combining them again, which puts a different spin on the race. We will have to have a car that will handle anywhere on the track to be able to negotiate traffic. Marcel and Mike will get the car up to speed and I will drive for the first time in the warm-up on Saturday."
Mike Rockenfeller will have a new track to add to his resume. "I will run Phoenix for the first time tonight. I am going from Houston to Phoenix to do the night race and then return to Houston for a race on Friday night. Marcel will do a good job on the baseline today and I will have a chance to learn the track and run it at night. Patrick has raced there and we have talked, so to me it looks a lot like Homestead and we did well there so I will hope for the same result on Saturday."
Long and Rockenfeller are currently second in the drivers point standings, two out of the lead in the Daytona Prototype category. Alex Job Racing remains in the lead in the team championship by one point.