COURTNEY, ALTENBURG FINISH 15TH AND 22ND AT WAKTINS GLEN WAKTINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 10, 2007) -- Woodhouse Performance took to the 11-turn, 3.4 mile road course nestled in the beautiful countryside of New York this morning for Round Five of SPEED...
COURTNEY, ALTENBURG FINISH 15TH AND 22ND AT WAKTINS GLEN
WAKTINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 10, 2007) -- Woodhouse Performance took to the 11-turn, 3.4 mile road course nestled in the beautiful countryside of New York this morning for Round Five of SPEED World Challenge GT competition. Jeff Courtney finished 15th in the No.99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper, while teammate and guest star Jeff Altenburg put the heat on in the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper before an unfortunate early retirement from the race, posting a 22nd place finish.
Courtney started the race in the 17th position, after qualifying with a lap time of 1:59.126 seconds (102.748 mph). A slight malfunction on the start kept him from launching with the rest of the GT field, but Courtney made a quick recovery, catching up to the pack quickly. An early caution for trouble with the No. 20 Pontiac GTO of Dane Moxlow also helped him catch up to the field. He raced as though a fire had been lit under him after the restart, making several take-your-breath-away passes and consistently improving his lap times. At a certain part of the race he was gaining two-tenths of a second per lap. He fought back to solidly post another top-15 finish. It was not the day he was hoping for the No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper, but he was glad to finish the day clean and with a solid finish.
"The car was fast," Courtney said after the race. " The Woodhouse Performance team did an excellent job of preparing the Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper for this race. We were certainly capable of atleast a top-10 finish, I was hoping to do that here, but I think we're still somewhere close to the top-10 in points which is awesome and we're excited to be headed to Toronto in a few weeks to hopefully gain some more there."
Altenburg started the race in the 15th position, after qualifying with a lap of 1:57.409 seconds (104.251 mph) in Saturday's early morning qualifying session. He picked up three positions on the first lap of the race, making nice passes on the Dodge Vipers of Mike McCann and Robb Foster. He consistently clicked off improved lap times and picked up speed in the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper. However a vibration that was created by a short and minor stint off-course damaged the splitter and unfortunately was the culprit of the early end to his day.The damaged splitter and ensuing vibration was enough to cause him to retire from the race on lap 19. It was not the finish he and the Woodhouse Performance team had had hoped for in his fourth-career GT series start, but he was happy to get the experience.
"Well it wasn't the day I was hoping to have, for myself or the Woodhouse Performance team," Altenburg said after the race. "I got off in the grass going into the bus-stop and damaged the splitter. Then the car got a major vibration, and we couldn't finish. It was unfortunate, but I certainly enjoyed driving the Dodge Viper. The Woodhouse Performance team is excellent at preparing these cars to go fast and I am glad to have had the opportunity to get in one with them."
Woodhouse Performance and the SPEED World Challenge Series heads to Toronto, CAN., July 8 to compete in Round six of SPEED World Challenge GT Series Competition at the Grand Prix of Toronto.