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Utah: Jeff Courtney race report

JEFF COURTNEY AND WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE TAKE CHARGE AT MILLER Jeff Takes Sunoco Hard Charger Award and Posts Fastest Lap Salt Lake City, Utah (May 18, 2008) -- Jeff Courtney charged through the final laps of the SPEED GT Championship race at ...

JEFF COURTNEY AND WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE TAKE CHARGE AT MILLER
Jeff Takes Sunoco Hard Charger Award and Posts Fastest Lap

Salt Lake City, Utah (May 18, 2008) -- Jeff Courtney charged through the final laps of the SPEED GT Championship race at Miller Motorsports Park steering his No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/MPI Coin Dodge Viper up to a sixth place finish. Courtney's fierce determination and strong will helped earn him the coveted Sunoco Hard Charger Award.

This was after some discouraging practices and a disappointing qualification for a 19th position start. Courtney pointed to his newcomer team engineer, John Mills, teammate Tommy Archer, crew chief Erik Messley and owner Bob Woodhouse and said that their direction helped make the difference from poor practices to an outstanding finish. Woodhouse didn't want to take the credit.

"I know that Jeff is going to say it was the car," Woodhouse said, "But it really has a lot to do with him. That is his modus operandi; he comes from behind and pulls it out in the end. He just chewed off one lap at a time."

Courtney also set the fastest lap of the race at 1:57.628, and this in the 16th lap. "That's another thing," said Woodhouse, "he clocks in the fastest lap, not when the car is fresh, but in the 16th lap."

This was Courtney's first race on the newly configured track at Miller. "It is a good Viper track; the outer ring runs fast and has some great high speed turns." The track was a little slippery, the GT race was the second race run that day so there was a lot of rubber on the road. "It was a little slick out there," said Courtney, "I knew that going in. A few people made mistakes and we capitalized on them."

Although going into the race at Miller Courtney had been happy with his 8th place position in the 2008 Championship Points race, he should grin at his rise to 5th. Courtney is now looking for his 4th consecutive top-ten finish at Watkins Glen June 5-8, 2008 and he hopes to continue to climb through the points standings and surpass last years 7th place overall finish.

"Congratulations goes out to Bob, Tommy and the rest of the team on their outstanding weekend," said Courtney, of the No. 13 Foametix/Woodhouse Performance Dodge.

Archer qualified for the pole position for Sunday's race and raced strong to take the checkered flag. It is the first World-Challenge win for Woodhouse Performance. "It was an amazing weekend," said Woodhouse.

To catch this exhilarating race, watch it on the SPEED channel on Wednesday, May 28th at 1:00 pm EST.

-credit: jeffcourtneyracing.com

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Series PWC
Drivers Tommy Archer , John Mills , Bob Woodhouse , Erik Messley , Jeff Courtney