MOVING UP Courtney Climbs to Top Ten Finish at Long Beach Long Beach, California (April 19, 2009) - Jeff Courtney, driver of the ...
Courtney Climbs to Top Ten Finish at Long Beach
Long Beach, California (April 19, 2009) - Jeff Courtney, driver of the #99 KENDA Tires Dodge Viper Competition Coupe took to the streets at the 35th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in sunny California. Courtney pushed through the field to a 10th place finish.
"Long Beach is a great event, I had a great time here," said Courtney. "We struggled with some suspension failures during early practice. This took away from valuable set-up time, especially considering very limited practice time at this event," said Courtney. Courtney ended up qualifying mid-pack in the 15th position.
"Despite qualifying 15th, I love the challenge of trying to gain positions against such stiff competition," said Courtney. "I was pushing for better than a tenth place finish but I felt as if I really used up a lot of the car and tires moving forward and advancing through lap traffic."
The Long Beach track winds through city streets and leaves drivers with little recourse. Drivers need to use extra caution to avoid crashes.
The Long Beach track is the only street course SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT runs in 2009. "I'm always glad to come out of a street course in one piece, as you know, the concrete walls get very narrow," said Courtney. "I'm glad to have the #99 KENDA Tires Dodge Viper Competition Coupe come out of Long Beach intact."
Despite a 12th place qualifications and high expectations, teammate Dave Welch suffered some tough luck suffering a brake failure sending him back to 19th position.
Check out the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship race on the historic Long Beach track on the SPEED channel on Friday, May 22 at 2 p.m. EST.