WOODHOUSE RACING HIT WITH RESTRICTIONS All Vipers to Take on 10% Extra Air Intake Restriction as All Porsche's Lose 50 Pounds Milwaukee, Wisc. (August 18, 2008) -- Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper,...
WOODHOUSE RACING HIT WITH RESTRICTIONS
All Vipers to Take on 10% Extra Air Intake Restriction as All Porsche's Lose 50 Pounds
Milwaukee, Wisc. (August 18, 2008) -- Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper, tore through the field at his home track of Road America in Elkhart Lake last weekend, advancing 18 positions and earning the Racing Electronics Holeshot Award as well as the Sunoco Hard Charger Award. Courtney started last on the grid, which provided the opportunity to showcase his ability to move to the front. Despite losing one transmission in practice, the electrical glitch in qualifying, and again losing fifth gear near the end of the race, Courtney garnered an 8th place finish. "From the start of the race on it seemed as if all the breaks fell our way, allowing for the eighth place finish," said Courtney.
"Road America was a turning point for us, I feel," said Courtney. "We've struggled a bit in the past couple events, but Team Woodhouse has really provided a great car, some of these things are out of our control. But, we're confident that we have the team and the equipment to get the job done in spite of additional adjustments that are coming for Mosport. We were just informed of an additional 10% air intake restriction and an additional loss of 50 pounds to the Porsche teams. We as a team need to do everything that much better if we plan on improving in the point standings."
As Courtney and the team head over to Mosport International Raceway near Toronto, Canada, there are several things to be mindful of. This track has earned the respect of several big name drivers, partially due to the danger and difficulty it offers. Two of the 100 mph high-speed corners here are terribly unforgiving. Turns two and four are blind as you approach them, then they drop down a hill as they turn, lessening the car grip. If you lose it, the chance of leaving on a tow hook is excellent.
Courtney hopes to turn the season around here, to finish in the top five, but he is also aware of the necessity of keeping the car in one piece, since the Detroit Belle Isle Gran Prix is the following week, with no time to fix a major crash. "I feel a responsibility to keep the car whole and to keep team moral high," said Courtney
Teammate Tommy Archer is expected to drive the No. 13 Foametix Dodge Viper for the Woodhouse Team. Archer has already collected three of the elusive checkered flags in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Series. This time, Courtney hopes to give Archer a run for his money.
You can catch live action updates at www.world-challenge.com for Saturday's race at 6:30 pm (EST).