Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Heads To Infineon Raceway TAVARES, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2007) -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team looks to capture its second Daytona Prototype win of the season when the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Heads To Infineon Raceway
TAVARES, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2007) -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team looks to capture its second Daytona Prototype win of the season when the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve returns to California Aug. 23-25 for the Armed Forces Grand-Am 250 at Infineon Raceway.
The last time the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team was in California (back in May) it recorded its first win of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The team hopes to replicate that effort on the 2.52-mile, 12-turn northern California road course.
Due to a schedule conflict, Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team driver Jorg Bergmeister will not be with the team this weekend. Instead, fellow Floridians Patrick Long and Terry Borcheller will co-pilot the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Porsche Crawford Daytona Prototype. Last year at Infineon Long qualified third in the Alex Job Racing-prepared Porsche Crawford with a time of 1:28.554 (102.446 mph), just missing the pole by .212-seconds.
In 51-career Daytona Prototype starts, Borcheller has seven career wins. Six of those seven wins came in 2003 when he won the DP Drivers' Championship. Until last weekend, Borcheller held the record for the most overall victories in a season with six. Now, he shares that record with Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney. Borcheller's distinguished Grand-Am career includes 24 class wins, the most of any driver.
"I have never shared a car with Terry before, but I've raced against him," Long said of his new co-driver. "He's showed that he's one of the most versatile drivers. He's a past champion and he brings a lot of experience. He knows the car and he knows the track, which is a good thing for a guy coming into a program midway through the season. I think things should go well."
"For me it's always a pleasure to drive with Alex Job Racing," Borcheller said. "I really enjoy the team. I am looking forward to being with a good co-driver, a good car with a good motor package, and a great sponsor in Ruby Tuesday. I will be running with Patrick for the first time. It's always good to be paired with someone who is capable of running at the top of the Rolex DP series. I think we're going to make a great pair."
"With only two races remaining, the team is really hungry for its second win," team owner Alex Job said. "The team has worked really hard this year and to get our second win [at Infineon] would give us a lot of momentum heading into the final race and then into the off-season.
"It is great to have Terry driving for us again. He drove for us last year at Miller Motorsports Park where we had a top-10 finish. Terry and Patrick should be very fast at Infineon and we look for a good result there."
The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team has one win, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes this season.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype practice is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. (PDT) and from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. A 30-minute practice session begins at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, with a 15-minute qualifying session starting at 4:20 p.m. The Daytona Prototypes take to the track for a final 30-minute practice session beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, with Round 13 action starting at 2:45 p.m. Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype race fans can catch all of the same day tape delayed action beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT) on SPEED Channel.