Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Qualifies Third at Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 8, 2007) -- The magic number for the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team appears to be three as they just missed the pole and will start on the...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Qualifies Third at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 8, 2007) -- The magic number for the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team appears to be three as they just missed the pole and will start on the inside of row two for tomorrow's Round Six of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, as part of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
After starting third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca three weeks ago, driver Patrick Long again found himself in familiar territory again today. Long turned the third quickest qualifying lap with a 1:44.436 (112.890 mph), just 0.558-second behind the polesitter (No. 99 Pontiac Riley), around the 3.4-mile, 11-turn long road course.
Three weeks ago Long just missed the pole, he started third and then teammate Jorg Bergmeister drove an incredible race to bring home the team's first win of the season. This weekend, the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team hopes that history repeats itself and if it does repeat itself the team will become the first Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class repeat winner this season.
"I am happy," Long said of his qualifying effort. "To qualify in the top five in this series, wherever you're at, means that you and the team have done a really good job. It's great to have gotten two-top threes in a row. Tomorrow, we are going to try to be smart throughout the race and try to carry this momentum and consistency that we've found in the last couple of races.
"We've worked hard on the car. The car is completely different than where it was when we started yesterday (during the promoter test day sessions). But, in saying that, we've been in the top three all weekend. Overall, things look pretty positive."
"P3 seems to be a good place to start," Job said reminiscing about the team's first win. "It worked out really well for us last time. Obviously, we wanted to do more, but we knew that P1 was going to be tough against the [number] 99 car. That car is just awfully fast.
"We certainly had hoped for P2, but we got beat by the [number] 01 car by less than a tenth. But, we'll take P3. It's a good omen. It was a good start for us last race. It is a six-hour race and a lot of things can happen. This race is clearly not about qualifying. It's about running the smartest race and that is what we've got to do tomorrow. We've got to be smarter than everybody else."
With one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes this season, Bergmeister and Long both sit in fourth place with 124 points (24 points behind the leader Scott Pruett) in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Driver Point standings. The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is in fifth place in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Team Point standings with 124 points.