KENDA TIRES START THE SHOW FOR COURTNEY'S 14TH PLACE FINISH AT MID OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Woodhouse Performance hosted an array of guests from sponsor Kenda Tires for Round Seven of SPEED World Challenge GT competition in which Jeff Courtney...
KENDA TIRES START THE SHOW FOR COURTNEY'S 14TH PLACE FINISH AT MID OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Woodhouse Performance hosted an array of guests from sponsor Kenda Tires for Round Seven of SPEED World Challenge GT competition in which Jeff Courtney posted another solid top-15 finish in the No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper. The engines of the SPEED World Challenge cars came to life at the command of Kenda Tires' representative Chris McKee. As Grand Marshall, McKee accompanied Word Challenge track announcer Tom Hnitaw in the booth to share the most famous words in motorsports with the crowd. She and the 100-person Kenda Tires group, along with the Woodhouse Performance crew, cheered Courtney on in the 29-lap race that took place at one of his favorite race tracks.
After making an appearance at the hospitality tent and signing autographs for Kenda dealers and associates, Courtney hopped in his No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper Competition Coupe in the 12th position on grid, after posting a time of 1:27.369 sec (93.183 mph) in Saturday's early morning qualifying session on the 13-turn, 2.558 mile road course. All of Woodhouse Performances' eyes were on Courtney, as he was their only entry in World Challenge. The No. 13 had presented a successful first run in American Le Mans Series Saturday and was not competing in the World Challenge race.
Car Chief Erik Messely calmly and positively lead Courtney on the radio, encouraging him after a mishap on the start. Courtney was running lap times faster than many of the drivers ahead of him consistently throughout the race, and he moved his way up through the field with a vengeance. He made some stunning passes en route to his 14th place finish, having pushed the car to its most acceptable limit looking for the best finish possible.
The results meant 'Mr. Consistency' posted his fifth top-15 finish of the season, and would remain 10th in the in the season championship point standings, nine points out of the ninth position and nine points ahead of 11th place James Sofronas.
"The Woodhouse Performance team provided an excellently prepared Viper and I am so proud and thankful for everything they do on this car," Courtney said after the race. "This is a track I really like and I am disappointed that the beginning of the race didn't go better. It was tough because here at Mid-Ohio you start going uphill, so you have to hold your foot on the brake until the green light so you don't roll backwards, but I just couldn't get my heel over in time to get a good start and after that I was on a mission to get up through the field. I was so glad to have all of the guests of Kenda Tires here, we had a great time visiting with them before the race and I appreciate their and all my other sponsor's support."
SPEED World Challenge GT action from Mid Ohio Sports Car Course airs at 4:00 p.m. Saturday July 28 on SPEED Channel.
The SPEED World Challenge Series moves to Mosport International Raceway August 26 for Round Eight of GT competition in Bowmanville, Ontario. Nick Majors will return to the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe alongside Courtney.