TEAM NEWS: Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Seeks First Win At Laguna Seca

Photo by John Thawley TAVARES, Fla. (May 17, 2007) -- The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team heads west to the beautiful Monterey peninsula this weekend for Round Five of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

In last year's U.S. Sports Car Invitational, driver Patrick Long put the Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche Crawford on the Daytona Prototype pole. This year, Long and his defending Daytona Prototype Drivers' Champion teammate Jorg Bergmeister will not only look to put the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Porsche Crawford on the pole, but, more importantly, the team will be gunning for its first win of the season.

"We were very promising here last year," Long said. "Overall, I think we had the most dominant car in terms of pace throughout the practice sessions and qualifying. But, once you get into a race in the Rolex Series, it's no longer about who has the fastest car. No question that being fast is important, but you also have to have a good race strategy and you have to have a lot of patience."

"It's a great track, it's really challenging" Bergmeister said of his return to the 2.238-mile circuit. "I really like coming here. It's definitely a driver's track, where you can make up time [if you have to]. Last year, our car did really well here. Patrick won the qualifying race. Hopefully we can take the good progress we've made over the last couple of races and do well here this weekend."

"We know that we have a car that can win at Mazda Raceway," team owner Alex Job said. "We had some success here last year when Patrick put the car on the pole by winning the 30-minute qualifying race. This year, our focus is to be fast again right off of the trailer and carry that momentum into the race. And, we have two really good drivers who know what it takes to win here. If we give Patrick and Jorg a fast, well-setup race car, I have no doubt they will put the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday car in victory circle."

With one top-five and three top-10 finishes this season, Bergmeister and Long both sit in seventh place with 89 points (38 points behind the leaders) in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Driver Point standings. Similarly, the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing team is also in seventh place in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Team Point standings with 89 points.

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