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Mid-Ohio: Jeff Courtney preview

STRENGTH THROUGH ADVERSITY Jeff Courtney and Woodhouse Racing Overcome Obstacles and are Ready to Race at Mid-Ohio Milwaukee, Wisc. (July 14, 2008) -- "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Those four words bring about a burst of adrenaline for racing...

STRENGTH THROUGH ADVERSITY
Jeff Courtney and Woodhouse Racing Overcome Obstacles and are Ready to Race at Mid-Ohio

Milwaukee, Wisc. (July 14, 2008) -- "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Those four words bring about a burst of adrenaline for racing enthusiasts everywhere, especially when there has been a long break since you've last heard them. Jeff Courtney and the Woodhouse Racing Team are excited to get back on the track at this weekend's SPEED World Challenge GT race at Mid-Ohio.

"It's good that we had this break, we definitely needed the time to repair cars and work out some engine issues that we had at Watkins Glen. After a lot of hard work from Team Woodhouse, especially the crew back at the shop in Nebraska: Rick Maxwell, Ashley Wick and Susan Dunklau, I am confident we will be ready for Mid-Ohio," said Courtney.

Although Courtney finished the race at Watkins Glen, his No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper struggled over the finish line with the engine belching a cloud of white smoke. A bump into the wall early on in the race threw Courtney and his car off and he was never able to recover. Courtney finished in 13th place.

"After a tough day like that, you really want to get out there again and prove yourself. I'm looking forward to getting back to Mid-Ohio, it is one of my favorite tracks," said Courtney. Courtney had his first professional race win at Mid-Ohio in the Panoz GT Pro Series.

"I'm also excited to be racing near the home office of one of my main sponsors, Kenda Tires out of Reynoldsburg, Ohio," said Courtney. "Kenda employees, along with Kenda customers and dealers, will be coming out over a hundred strong in support of us this weekend," said Courtney. "We will do our best to put on a great show for them and give them a reason to be proud of their car and driver."

After a long break, and a few rounds of golf, Courtney says, "I'm definitely ready to get back in the race car. The competition really heats up at this point in the season. We have a brutal schedule in August, so we are looking for good, strong, clean finishes in these races to maintain, and even improve on our present 6th place position in the championship points."

The SPEED World Challenge GT race at Mid-Ohio is this Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm, don't miss it!

-credit: jcr

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