TOP FIVES ALONG WITH A FEW BRUISES FROM MID-OHIO Woodhouse Performance Team Fights Hard in Rounds 8 & 9 Lexington, Ohio (August 11, 2010) - The Woodhouse Performance Team was well-prepared for the Optima Batteries Mid-Ohio Grand Prix but after...
TOP FIVES ALONG WITH A FEW BRUISES FROM MID-OHIO
Woodhouse Performance Team Fights Hard in Rounds 8 & 9
Lexington, Ohio (August 11, 2010) - The Woodhouse Performance Team was well-prepared for the Optima Batteries Mid-Ohio Grand Prix but after some brushes with bad luck, they fell short of their podium finish goals. Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda Tires/Woodhouse/Dodge/Viper Competition Coupe finished 13th in Saturday's Round 8 and returned to finish 5th in Sunday's Round 9. Teammate Kuno Wittmer, driver of the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance/Dodge Viper Competition Coupe finished 4th on Saturday and was unable to finish the race on Sunday due to an incident with a touring car.
Highlights of the weekend include support from KENDA Tires owner, employees, and fans. "I always look forward to having the KENDA people out in person at this Mid-Ohio event," said Courtney. " I appreciate the fact that owner Jimmy Yang was able to take time out of his busy schedule to make the Saturday event along with family and friends."
Unfortunately for the Woodhouse Team, the podium eluded them this time. "I felt the cars were good, good enough to podium," said Courtney. "On Friday, I didn't hit the qualifying, but in Saturday's race I had an awesome start and picked up three positions by turn one where I tucked in behind teammate Kuno Wittmer. I felt confident we would continue to pick up positions."
Things then went awry, "That's when, in my opinion, Tony Gaples made a very low percentage move on me entering the keyhole where we had contact and it forced me to pit to change a tire. I had to re-start at the back of the pack." Courtney charged through the pack, but was only able to push his way up to a 13th place finish.
Sunday's race brought much better results for Courtney. "Matt [Bejnarowicz] and Rick [Maxwell] made a few more adjustments to the car and it was handling fantastic. I think we really nailed the set-up this time, the car's balance was good beginning, middle and at the end of the race. I felt that the only thing stopping us from the podium was heavy traffic." Courtney charged to a 5th place finish after starting 10th in the 40-car field. "I really wanted that podium, we just ran out of laps."
Things went well in Round 8 for Wittmer. "On Saturday, we had a great blast to the front of the pack. The team knew what had to be done after qualifying in order to make the Viper work great. I battled hard all the way to the end, putting pressure on Dino [Crescentini] for the majority of the laps. I finally passed him in the last corner of the last lap." That last pass put Wittmer within striking reach of a podium finish, but he was forced to settle for 4th place.
"In the Sunday race, things were working out great," said Wittmer. "My car was ever so sweet as we just passed 3rd place with about 10 laps to go. Unfortunately, a racing incident with a slower touring car placed us out of the race with a broken rear knuckle." Wittmer, ever positive, is not going to let this slow him down for the remainder of the season, "This is motorsports, and issues like these do arise. We just need to learn from them, turn the page and move on. I have more fire in my eyes than ever to win this championship. We are heading into the last stage events and they will be great! I am looking forward to the next events now more than ever."
Don't miss these two exciting Sports Car Wars on the VERSUS channel, broadcasting on August 28, 2010 at 4:30-6:00 pm (EST). Check out all the latest news and action at www.world-challenge.com. The Woodhouse Performance Team will be back, better than ever, for their next race at Virginia International Raceway on September 10-12, 2010.