VIPERS CONVERGE ON BELLE ISLE Jeff Courtney prepares for a new track and new teammate. Milwaukee, Wisc. (August 29, 2008) -- The engine has barely cooled in his No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper as Jeff Courtney prepares to hit...
VIPERS CONVERGE ON BELLE ISLE
Jeff Courtney prepares for a new track and new teammate.
Milwaukee, Wisc. (August 29, 2008) -- The engine has barely cooled in his No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper as Jeff Courtney prepares to hit the track at Belle Isle near Detroit, Michigan this weekend. Fresh off of a 7th place finish, Courtney hopes to add another top ten, or better, finish to the Woodhouse Racing Team's accomplishments this season and improve his current 8th place standing in the SPEED World Challenge Points race.
The raceway at Detroit Belle Isle is organized and promoted by a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, of which Roger Penske is chairman. Under his direction, Belle Isle underwent some major modifications. Another new addition for 2008 is the SPEED World Challenge GT Championship that is set for this weekend. "I've never raced on this track before. I don't have a clue as to what to expect at this track, but as with any challenge, I look forward to taking it on," said Courtney. These next two races, both here at Belle Isle and Thunderbolt Millville in New Jersey, are unknowns for Courtney, as he has never raced on these tracks that were newly added to the SPEED World Challenge series.
Another addition has been Brian Simo to the Woodhouse Racing Team. Simo will be driving in the No. 13 Foametix Dodge Viper, which Tommy Archer drove to three checkered flags this year. "I'm really going to miss Tommy, he's a great driver and we had a lot of fun. I wish him all the best," said Courtney. "Simo should be a good addition to the team, he brings NASCAR experience, and he's a former Trans Am Champion," said Courtney. Although Simo is new to SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT racing, his experience, particularly on the Belle Isle track, will come in handy this weekend.
Detroit has been flooded with Dodge Vipers this weekend as over 400 customer-owned Vipers are in attendance at a four-day Viper customer appreciation event sponsored by Dodge. The Viper Club of America, which started in 1994, is opening its very own Hall of Fame this year; Woodhouse Racing Team owner Bob Woodhouse is one of the first ten inductees. "It's a great honor for Bob," said Courtney. "Congratulations, he deserves it."
For the Labor Day Weekend, Belle Isle has a long list of entertainment planned as well as racetrack action. Root for Courtney and the entire Woodhouse Team while getting live lap notes at www.world-challenge.com. The race is set for Sunday, August 31, at 12:45 pm.
-credit: Jeff Courtney Racing