Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Qualifies on Front Row at Miller Tooele, Utah -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team qualified second for the final round of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve to be run...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Qualifies on Front Row at Miller
Tooele, Utah -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team qualified second for the final round of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve to be run at Miller Motorsport Park tomorrow afternoon.
Mike Rockenfeller qualified the number 23/Ruby Tuesday/Alex Job Racing/Porsche Crawford on the front row for tomorrow's nine-hour race with a time of 2:38.137 and an average speed of 102 mph. The front row starting position is the Ruby Tuesday team's tenth start of third or better on the Grand Am season.
Throughout the practice sessions, the Ruby Tuesday crew have had two goals; get newcomers Ralf Kelleners and Terry Borcheller comfortable in the car and with the track and put a setup under the Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche powered Crawford that can go comfortably over nine-hours. With the final hour finishing in the dark, the team will have to be up on their strategy and the drivers ready for every eventuality.
Mike Rockenfeller is satisfied by his qualifying effort but not ecstatic. "I did a solid lap, but not a great one. On my second fast lap, which could have been a pole run, a car went off and brought rocks onto the track, I had to change up my line and that really cost me. I am not sure a perfect lap is possible around this long track. A front row starting position is good, especially with how long the laps are around here. Terry and Ralf are getting up to speed quickly and the guys really have the car prepared well. We will need to stay on the lead lap and in touch of the leaders."
Ralf Kelleners is getting acquainted with the team and the Ruby Tuesday car. "I am trying to get used to the car and the way it handles and drives. We have a quick car at the moment, but not one that is that easy to drive, we need to work on that a little. The track is really interesting, there is really every kind of turn out there, I really like it a lot."
Terry Borcheller is enjoying his time in the Ruby Tuesday car. "It has been great. I drove in the series this year for another team and it is nice to be able to pass and run with cars that I haven't been able to in the past. I have gotten up to speed in the car and the team really has a good handle on the track and the setup of the number 23. I am kind of tight fitting in the car, but a good car makes you forget about that by the time you get through the first corner."
"Mike did a great job in qualifying," said Alex Job, team owner. "It is satisfying that of the 13 races we have run, we have only qualified worse than third -- twice. That is a testament to the team and our driver's ability to press on the gas. Terry and Ralf are getting familiar with the car and the way we do things, I am very happy with their contribution to our effort so far. It would be nice to end the season with a win."
The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is currently fifth in the battle for the team championship. Long and Rockenfeller are fourth in the drivers point standings in the Daytona Prototype category.
-credit: alex job racing