Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team armed for six-hour battle at Watkins Glen AJR Header Image TAVARES, Fla. - Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team drivers Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand can't wait to do battle in this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team armed for six-hour battle at Watkins Glen
AJR Header Image TAVARES, Fla. - Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team drivers Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand can't wait to do battle in this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen because the duo is coming armed with new body armor.
More specifically, the team's No. 23 Porsche Crawford just finished getting its new bodywork bolted on over the past two weeks in Charlotte, N.C. This much anticipated update is just what the team has been waiting for and now that it's ready, the team can't wait to put it to the test on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn long course at Watkins Glen International.
"This is what we've been waiting for," Auberlen said of the new bodywork. "I hope it is as good as they say it is because this is the 'golden goose' that is supposed to make us go to the front and start winning races. Other teams have had their new bodywork all year long. We are one of the only cars that has the old body and old spec stuff. I cannot wait to sit in that car for Watkins Glen. I am praying to the car gods that it is what they say it's going to be."
"They say the body is better," Hand said. "I'd love to think so. But, who knows. It's a car we've never seen before. I think the big thing for us is that we've made some really good chassis and suspension adjustments. I think if the new bodywork is that good, we should be in good shape. I am excited about it. The team is excited about it. We've been waiting awhile for this. So, maybe at Watkins Glen is where we get our first win of the season."
"We are very excited about the new bodywork," Team Owner Alex Job said. "This new update should help make us more competitive by giving us more downforce and less drag than we've had in the past. In terms of looks, it [the new bodywork] is quite a change from the older body style we've run for the past two and a half seasons. I can't think of a better place to put our car to the test than during a six hour race at Watkins Glen. Hopefully we can come away with a win in this new bodywork's inaugural run. If nothing else, we should come away from the weekend with a lot of data that will help us develop and improve the car moving forward."
The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will hold a press conference from 12:50 to 1:05 p.m. Friday, June 6 in the Watkins Glen International media center. Team Owner Alex Job, Team Engineer Greg Fordahl, and Crawford Composites Owner Max Crawford will be available to answer questions regarding the new Crawford bodywork. A brief tech talk session and photo opportunity will be held in victory circle immediately following the press conference.
Auberlen and Hand are not strangers to victory circle at Watkins Glen. In fact, both drivers won with the same co-driver in 2004. Auberlen won with NASCAR driver Boris Said in a PTG BMW M3 during the June race, while Hand won with Said in the sister PTG BMW M3 during the September race.
"I like that track," Hand said of Watkins Glen. "That is where I drove in my first [Daytona] prototype race. I led a little bit of the race last year and I was second for most of my stint. I drove three hours of the six hour race. I have a good record there. Boris Said and I won there in 2004 in a BMW. It is a good driver's track. It's another one of those 'American' racetracks that you love to be at as a driver. Bill and I are really good there."
"I love the track," Auberlen said. "It is one of my favorite tracks. I think our car will do really well there. We need our leadership back. We can't wait for Alex to come back. It was a real shame he wasn't at Laguna. The car ran well. But, it is not the same when he's not at the track."