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Sebring: Woodhouse Performance preview

BRIAN SMITH QUOTES: On Expectations for 2007 - "I think 2007 has a lot of promise. Last year was tough in that we were developing the Kicker/Woodhouse SRT-4 and we did not receive the car until a few weeks before the season. This year we have...

BRIAN SMITH QUOTES:

On Expectations for 2007 - "I think 2007 has a lot of promise. Last year was tough in that we were developing the Kicker/Woodhouse SRT-4 and we did not receive the car until a few weeks before the season. This year we have a known quantity in the Kicker/Woodhouse Performance Viper. Also, all the team members from last year are back with a year's experience of working together and we are adding a couple of engineers to the ranks. We have last year's GT crew of the year and their experience. I think we have all the right ingredients. I just have to deliver as the driver. It also helps that we should not have the mechanical gremlins with the Viper that we had last year."

FAST FACTS:

* After aiding in the development of the Dodge SRT4 in 2006, Smith takes over the No. 13 Viper that Bob Woodhouse piloted last season. The 2006 GT Crew of the Year will lead Smith and new teammate Courtney through the 2007 season.

* Last year at Sebring, chassis c47 finished on the podium after starting eighth. It was the No. 13 car's first podium finish.

* This will be Smith's second-career SPEED World Challenge series start at Sebring, and his first in the GT series. He finished 22nd last year in the Touring Car series race after mechanical issues ended his day early.

* Chassis c47 finished the 2006 season with eight top-10, four top-five and one podium finish.

* As a part of new team marketing programs, Woodhouse Performance will shoot sponsor logo-branded t-shirts into the crowd at each of the races in order to garner exposure for sponsors. In addition, in-car video race highlights from the No. 13 Kicker/Woodhouse Performance Viper will be posted to Kicker.com and can be viewed within hours of the race.

JEFF COURTNEY QUOTES:

On winning Rookie of the Year and moving to the Woodhouse Performance team:

"Winning the ROY in 2006 meant a lot to me. It was a goal that we set in January and with the help of everyone on the team and my sponsors, Kenda Tires, ProMPI, Karavan Trailers, Badger Tire & Wheel we were able to achieve that goal. But I must admit that I think my driving may have been a little conservative at times to guard against any DNF's. My goal this year with help from my sponsors and everyone at Woodhouse Performance is to get the No. 99 Kenda Tires/ ProMPI Dodge Viper to the podium as often as possible and preferably in P1."

FAST FACTS:

* 2006 Touring Car Rookie of the Year Courtney joined Woodhouse Performance in early January as driver of the No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper.

* Courtney's Dodge, chassis c102, is a brand-new Viper, received from the factory in Detroit in late January.

* Last year at Sebring, Courtney started 14th and finished 17th in his Touring Car series ride.

* This will be Courtney's second career SPEED World Challenge series start at Sebring and his first in the GT Series.

* Courtney and the Woodhouse Performance team have participated in two tests in preparation for the 2007 season, one took place at Texas Motorsports Ranch in early February and another at Carolina Motorsports Park in early March.

* As a part of new team marketing programs, Woodhouse Performance will shoot sponsor logo-branded t-shirts into the crowd at each of the races in order to garner exposure for sponsors. In addition, in-car video race highlights from the No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Viper will be posted to Courtney's sponsor sites and can be viewed within hours of the race.

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