Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Makes First Laps at VIR Alton, Virginia m- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team debuted at Virginia International Raceway for round five of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal ...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Makes First Laps at VIR
Alton, Virginia m- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team debuted at Virginia International Raceway for round five of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve. Alex Job Racing, in what has been a whirlwind the last few weeks presented the car at 9:00 a.m. this morning to take the first laps in the team's new livery.
The scene will change for the number 23 crew come Saturday. Grand Am will run a series first qualifying race to set the field for Sunday's 250-mile event. At 1:15 p.m. EST on Saturday there will be two 50-mile qualifying races, of which starting positions will be determined by practice speeds during a designated session. Finishing positions in the qualifying races will determine the lineup for Sunday's race to start at 1:00 p.m. EST. Qualifying races will also be held at Laguna Seca, Phoenix, Mid-Ohio and Barber Motorports Park. These races are points paying, the same scoring system as the main event.
Mike Rockenfeller turned his first laps at VIR today. "I like the track; it is fast and tricky, but a little narrow so we will have to be careful getting around the GT cars. We have been working on the race setup as we have the first qualifying race on Saturday. I think everyone is trying to figure out the new qualifying race system. It will be exciting for the fans for sure, even more so if it rains."
Pat Long has visited VIR in a GT car, but this is his first go in a Daytona Prototype. "I really like the track it is one of my favorite circuits. I am looking forward to the qualifying race; this essentially is a double race weekend. The qualifying race pays the same amount of points as the main event on Sunday, so you have to have your game on early.""It was a proud moment when the car left pit lane with the Ruby Tuesday graphics this morning," said Alex Job. "We had a productive day today, topping the charts and getting the guys comfortable with the track. The qualifying race is something new to everyone and should prove to be an exciting addition to the Grand Am weekend. The weather may not cooperate on Saturday as rain is in the forecast, but that may play in our favor."
Round five of the Grand Am series at Virginia International Raceway will take the green flag on Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. EST and will be televised live on Speed Channel.