Today is Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The ROUSH Performance road racing team has just arrived in Milleville, New Jersey for the fourth race of the season. Also, as you may know, ROUSH Performance is competing in Grand-Am's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (a.k.a. the "Continental Tire Sires"), a road racing series consisting of production-based chassis.
The team will be running two cars at this race: The No. 61 ROUSH Mustang, driven by Jack Roush Jr. and Billy Johnson, and the No. 51 Mustang driven by Shelby Blackstock and Jade Buford. The No. 49 Mustang, driven by Roly Falgueras and Bryan Ortiz, will not be attending this event.
The ROUSH team is looking forward to arriving at New Jersey Motorsports Park. It has won the last two races here and hopes to maintain its winning streak. One thing will surely be different this year, with much a more moderate weather forecast. The last two years events here saw extremely hot temperatures. Some cars from last year's race even saw cockpit temperatures exceeding 130 degree Fahrenheit.
New Jersey Motorsports Park is a fairly new track, being built in 2007. The course includes 14 turns at a length of 2.25 miles. Though there are a few slow-speed turns on the course, it is more of a high-speed course that may play more into the hand of the Mustangs. However, as we've seen at Homestead, the current rule package may again prove advantageous to some of the other cars in the field. Only time will tell.
Cars roll onto track tomorrow for the first day of practice. Qualifying will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, May 12th, and the race will also be on Sat. starting at 3:15pm. You can watch the ROUSH team's progress through the event at Grand-Am's web site.
The No. 61 Mustang's sponsors include ROUSH Performance, USANA Health Sciences, Gary Yeomans Ford Lincoln, Kooks Custom Headers, Strategic Brand Solutions, PWR, BMRS, Mechanix Wear, GoPro, and Performance Friction. The No. 51 Mustang is sponsored by Starstruck and ViON.