JEFF COURTNEY RECAPS 2008 SEASON Milwaukee, Wisc. (October 24, 2008) -- Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper, along with the entire Woodhouse Performance Team, is decompressing and re-grouping after ...
JEFF COURTNEY RECAPS 2008 SEASON
Milwaukee, Wisc. (October 24, 2008) -- Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper, along with the entire Woodhouse Performance Team, is decompressing and re-grouping after a tumultuous season in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series. "It was intense, we suffered our share of bad luck, but a lot of great things happened," said Courtney. For the second year in a row, Courtney finished in the top ten in Championship points.
Although Courtney was unable to climb the podium, he was awarded the Sunoco Hard Charger Award and the Racing Electronics Holeshot award a couple times this season. "We had a lot of twists and turns this season, but for a relatively small operation, Woodhouse Performance has done amazingly well. The only thing that would have made it better was if I would have gotten a win, not just for me, but for the entire team," said Courtney. "I know that Erik (Messley) and Eddie (Martin) wanted a win as badly as I did."
In between action at the track, Rick Maxwell and Ashley Wick worked hard to keep both the No. 99 and the No. 13 cars ready for upcoming races across the country. Countless hours were spent going over the cars and making adjustments to obtain peak performance on race day. "Everyone worked really hard this year, and it really showed in the results. I'm very proud of my team," said team owner Bob Woodhouse.
Woodhouse Performance did collect three checkered flags this season from driver Tommy Archer in the No. 13 Foametix Dodge Viper.
"There are so many behind-the-scenes people to thank too," said Courtney. "Susan Dunklau, Andrew Richmond and Louise Woodhouse, they all helped so much from making travel arrangements to washing race suits between events."
Another key component was John Mills, whose engineering experience was pivotal and helped the team earn honors this year.
"In addition to the crew and the team, I have to thank all of my sponsors. Without their support, I would not be able to participate in this great series," said Courtney. Courtney's sponsors include Kenda Tires, TJM Integrated Wealth Management, Coins of America, Badger Components, Karavan Trailers, JG Wheels, Eibach Springs, and Foerster Signs. I would also like to thank the following sponsors who sponsored special single events this year, such as Accurate Metal Products, Kapco Inc., and Foametix.
"MPI has done a great job of promoting me this year, a special thank you to LesleyAnn Neulrich, Dave Wied and Emily Golden for their promotional and marketing efforts," said Courtney.
"I want to leave everyone with my appreciation," said Courtney. "Thanks to all who have supported me, whether on television, at the race, or in the pits, all of my family and friends, it took all of you to make this work. See you again next year."