Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Looks for Third Podium at The Glen Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is traveling to Watkins Glen International Raceway for round 12 of the Grand American Rolex Series presented...
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Looks for Third Podium at The Glen
Tavares, Florida -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is traveling to Watkins Glen International Raceway for round 12 of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve for the Crown Royal 200 to be run on Friday, August 11th. The team will be going for their third straight podium finish.
The Daytona Prototypes will utilize The Glen's short course, which measures 2.45-miles long and encompasses 11-turns. The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will run their number 23 Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche powered Crawford on the abbreviated course for the first time.
The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team has been able to rebound from a grim four race stretch to put together successive podium finishes at the last two races, second at Daytona and third and Barber Motorsport Park.
Patrick Long sees a slight advantage for the Ruby Tuesday #23 car on the short course. "There is a slight advantage for us on the Watkins short course, because we avoid the slower right hand uphill turn in the boot. With our lower torque from the six-cylinder Porsche motor the more we can keep the revs wound-up the stronger we will be in the race. The shorter track really has a nice flow to it, when you get in a rhythm, which will be easier with no GT cars; it is great fun to drive."
Mike Rockenfeller is looking forward to returning to The Glen. "I like Watkins Glen, the rolling terrain makes for a very interesting track. I don't think the short course will be an advantage or disadvantage for us, the only real difference is there is avoid the boot and a couple of slower corners. There will be no GT cars, so the traffic will be easier. To win in Daytona Prototype class everything has to go perfectly, the car, pit stops, strategy, the competition is just too tight at the front."
"We really have the car running well and the drivers are in tune as well," said Alex Job, team owner. "We really need to finish out the season strong. The Ruby Tuesday team is hungry for more wins and the next three tracks will be really good for us. We have put together two consecutive podiums, but the Ruby Tuesday guys do not leave the track with a smile on their face unless we win. We haven't run the short course in years and this will be the first time with our Daytona Prototype, but the layout of the short course is all momentum which suites our little Porsche six-cylinder,."
The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is currently sixth in the battle for the team championship. Long and Rockenfeller are sixth in the drivers point standings, 75 out of the lead in the Daytona Prototype category.
Round 12 of the Grand American Rolex series from Watkins Glen International will be televised on Speed Channel, tape delayed, starting at 9:00 p.m. ET, Friday, August 11th.
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is sixth in the team championship.