WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE TO TEST THE VIABILITY OF THE DODGE VIPER COMP. COUPE IN GT2 CLASS OF AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES BLAIR, Neb. (July 12, 2007) - Woodhouse Performance announced today they will enter the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper...
WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE TO TEST THE VIABILITY OF THE DODGE VIPER COMP. COUPE IN GT2 CLASS OF AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
BLAIR, Neb. (July 12, 2007) - Woodhouse Performance announced today they will enter the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course July 21 in order to evaluate of the Viper Comp. Coupe in series competition. The venture is a collaboration of efforts that combines the common curiosity of Dodge, KUMHO Tires and Woodhouse Performance to discover the capability of the Viper within the legendary series.
It is a venture that boasts many firsts. It will be the first time a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe has ever competed in the series and the first time a Dodge has entered an American Le Mans Series race since 2005. It will also be the first time Woodhouse Performance has entered into American Le Mans competition and the first time KUMHO Tires has appeared in the GT2 division. Woodhouse Performance expects to be the vehicle to provide valuable information to Dodge Motorsports in order to help determine the competitiveness of the race-ready Dodge Viper that has been in existence for the last four years. Woodhouse Performance is exploring American Le Mans as an alternative to World Challenge so that all Viper Competition Coupes have more than one choice in professional racing.
Cindi Lux, of Aloha, Oregon and Stan Wilson, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., will co-pilot the No. 13 Dodge/KUMHO Tires Dodge Viper Competition Coupe for Woodhouse Performance in the July 21 round seven American Le Mans race. Both are contract KUMHO drivers and were handpicked for the effort.
KUMHO has been involved in the American Le Mans Series for the past two years, competing in the LMP2 division. This season, they are involved in both LMP1 and LMP2 and posted their first win in the 24-hour event earlier this season. They are happy to be making the endeavor into GT2.
"Cindi and Stan have had a lot of success on our tires in SCCA competition," said Rudy Consolacion, KUMHO's Motorsports Manager. "And they've played a big role in the development of our DOT competition tires. We're eager to enter the fray of GT2 competition, and we hope to use this as a stepping stone to expand our ALMS effort in 2008."
Lux will be making her third career start in the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio having raced to a top-five finish in the GT2, then known as GT, class in the 2000 Petit Le Mans. Her first start in the Series came one year earlier in an all-female driver entry at the Petit Le Mans. This will be her first start with the Woodhouse Performance team.
"The Comp. Coupe is a great car and very competitive in World Challenge trim but it will be interesting to see where it stacks up with all the GT2 fire-breathing machines," Lux continued. "We know that we have to understand what our goals are and the big goal is to gain information for KUMHO, Dodge and Woodhouse Performance. We want to do well so we get the best information for them but where we finish is pretty irrelevant."
Wilson will be making his first ever start in the American Le Mans Series and with Woodhouse Performance. He has had the support of KUMHO Tires in his racing career for years, but has yet to have the opportunity to race their tire in a professional series. The ALMS venture with Woodhouse Performance is his first opportunity to do so.
"I am very happy to be a part of Kumho Tire's first GT2 program in connection with Dodge and Woodhouse Performance," Wilson said. "Rudy Consolacion and I first spoke about putting together an entry in ALMS GT2 in the summer of 2006 while I was performing tire testing duties for KUMHO. It has been something that has taken time to develop, but with the help of Bob Woodhouse and his Woodhouse Performance team, I am thrilled to be co-driving with Cindi Lux, another KUMHO Tires sponsored driver and friend. "
Wilson currently competes in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series and is leading the Rookie of the Year points battle, sitting 11th in the overall championship standings.
A rendering of the No. 13 Dodge/KUMHO Tires Dodge Viper Competition Coupe that will compete in the 2 hour and 45 minute Le Mans race will be released shortly.
Woodhouse Performance is thrilled at the opportunity to host such talented drivers and high-profile companies for the breakout effort.
The No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, which normally competes in the SPEED World Challenge GT series and has hosted such drivers as NASCAR Superstar Kasey Kahne this season, will continue SPEED World Challenge competition at Mosport August 26. Jeff Courtney's No. 99 Dodge Viper Comp Coupe will be the only Woodhouse Performance entry for Round Seven of SPEED World Challenge competition in Lexington, Ohio.
About Woodhouse Performance
Woodhouse Performance is a two-car race team competing regularly in the SPEED World Challenge Series, the Pro-Racing division of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Woodhouse Performance is in its fourth consecutive season of competition in the road-racing series with the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. After a consistent 2006 season which resulted in one podium, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes, Woodhouse Performance doubles its Viper effort with the No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper and the No. 13 Kicker/Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper for 2007. Woodhouse Performance is an affiliate of the Woodhouse Auto Family in Blair, Neb., www.woodhouse.com and www.woodhouseperformance.com.