Mid-Ohio: Woodhouse Performance preview

DRIVER QUOTES: Cindi Lux: "Bringing the Comp. Coupe into the American Le Mans series is really an honor. There are no other words that describe it better than that. I look at this race as a process for the future. Being part of a development...

DRIVER QUOTES:

Cindi Lux:

"Bringing the Comp. Coupe into the American Le Mans series is really an honor. There are no other words that describe it better than that. I look at this race as a process for the future. Being part of a development program is totally different and very exciting. Previously when I ran in the ALMS, it was with a proven car, tire and team. This time around, there are many unknown factors. But the most important part is that we have a team, manufacturer and tire company who has a great deal of passion and commitment towards this effort. Even though there are many firsts in this effort this weekend, there is a ton of motorsports experience."

Stan Wilson:

"Do we expect to have the position lights on the side of our car on at any point during the race? No, I don't think this is going to be a race for anything other than a finish and learning. We want to complete the race and use the entire experience to make future plans and decisions. I think the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe will make an excellent endurance racing car. Going into this weekend will highlight the areas of the car that will need to be addressed for it to race competitively for an entire race distance or future season. The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe will not be the fastest car on the track in GT2. It has been allowed to participate as a spec race vehicle and does not have many modifications over the SPEED World Challenge version of the car. Therefore, it will be in an unknown territory and that is the real reason we are using this weekend to collect data. With the data collected and enough interest, we could see many more of the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe GT2 cars in the future expanding the participation level of GT2 in ALMS."

FAST FACTS:

* The ALMS Venture for Woodhouse Performance is one of many firsts: The first time a Viper Competition Coupe has competed in the American Le Mans Series, the first time KUMHO Tires has competed in GT2, the first time Woodhouse has entered into any other series other than SPEED World Challenge and the first time co-driver Wilson has started a American Le Mans race.

* Lux has two starts in the American Le Mans series, coming at Road Atlanta in the Petit Le Mans for G& W Motorsports (now known as Synergy Motorsports). Lux is also the 1999 American Le Mans Series Women's Global GT Series Champion.

* Lux has had much success in SCCA racing in the past, winning 15 races and winning 12 poles in T1 competition since 2003. She is only the second woman in history to win the June Sprints, having won it twice (2004 and 2005). For the 2007 season, she made the move to the SPEED World Challenge GT series in her Dodge Viper Competition Coupe on a limited schedule.

* Wilson also competes in the SPEED World Challenge series, in the Touring Car division, and leads the Rookie of the Year points standings. He is 11th in overall championship points standings.

* The talented duo of Lux and Wilson are the next to be added to a prestigious list of drivers who have piloted the No. 13 previously this season. Six-year World Challenge veteran and four-time SPEED Touring Car winner Jeff Altenburg was behind the wheel at Watkins Glen International, while NASCAR superstar Kasey Kahne drove the No. 13-turned-No. 9 car to a sixth place finish in Round Four at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Team Owner Bob Woodhouse finished eighth one race earlier at Miller Motorsports Park, while Woodhouse Performance's 2006 Touring Car series driver and three-time One Lap of America champion Brian Smith filled the seat for the first two races of the season at Sebring and Long Beach.

INSIDE LINE - FIVE LAPS WITH LUX Inside Line features female co-driver Cindi Lux, answering questions surrounding Woodhouse Performance ALMS venture at Mid-Ohio.

Lap 1.

Obviously this venture is a test to discover the capability of the Dodge Viper Comp. Coupe in the ALMS. What is your opinion going into the event about the capability of the car? How do you see it stacking up with the other GT2 cars?

Lux: The GT2 category is certainly one of the most competitive in the ALMS series. There are some big name teams/drivers running and as much as I would like to say we will be competitive, we need to be realistic. Even though we have a lot of new factors in this effort, this is not our first rodeo in motorsports.

Lap 2.

What is the purpose, goals and expectations of the venture? What are your personal goals in this venture?

Lux: We have to be very realistic in our goals. Putting laps on the board will be key. Until we get to run with other GT2 cars, it is difficult to tell. My personal goals for this deal are to drive very smart and bring the car home. Mr. Woodhouse is gracious enough to invite me to be part of this race and we want a good result.

Lap 3.

Talk about the Viper Comp. Coupe at Mid-Ohio and the Mid-Ohio track. What does it take to be good there?

Lux: You need a very good handling car at Mid-Ohio and I think the Viper will do well. But again, its difficult to tell until we hit the track. Preliminary testing with the car was promising but as we all know, testing is one thing and racing is another.

Lap 4.

What do you forsee for the Viper Comp Coupe in ALMS in the future?

Lux: I think the future of the Viper Comp. Coupe will be determined over the next few days. There are a lot of current Viper teams and drivers who are watching us to see how things go this weekend. I think its great to have another place to run the Viper Comp Coupes. Allowing our car to run in the GT2 class opens many possibilities to current Viper teams in other series.

Lap 5.

Talk about your co-driver, Stan Wilson, and team owner Bob Woodhouse. How do you know them and how did you get hooked up with them for this race?

Lux: A few summers ago, Stan [Wilson] came knocking on my front door asking if I needed my lawn mowed for money. He had this look on his face that implied I better say yes. I asked what the money was for and he said he was an aspiring race car driver. I couldn't say no! My lawn has never been mowed so fast since that day. As for Mr. Woodhouse, I got to know him through our SCCA Viper SRT10 program we did in Touring 1 for the past two years. We actually purchased our Vipers from him and converted them to race cars.

-credit: wp

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Series ALMS
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Jeff Altenburg , Stan Wilson , Brian Smith , Bob Woodhouse , Cindi Lux