BIG WIN FOR DODGE AND WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE TEAM Wittmer Finishes 1st, Courtney Finishes 7th at Long Beach Long Beach, California (April 18, 2010) - Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda Tires/Woodhouse/Dodge/Viper Competition Coupe earned...
BIG WIN FOR DODGE AND WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE TEAM
Wittmer Finishes 1st, Courtney Finishes 7th at Long Beach
Long Beach, California (April 18, 2010) - Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda Tires/Woodhouse/Dodge/Viper Competition Coupe earned another top-10 finish during Round 3 of the Sports Car Wars at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a 7th -place finish after a 9th -place start. Teammate Kuno Wittmer in the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance/Dodge/Viper Competition Coupe earned his first victory of the season driving his Viper out front for a flag-to-flag win in the GT class. "I'm thrilled for Kuno and for our whole team," said Courtney, "Kuno's a tremendous driver, he's rocket-fast and we've got the team this year than can make a run for the championship."
"You couldn't ask for a better weekend," said Wittmer. "The Dodge Viper was flawless the entire weekend. The crew stayed up long hours to ensure that everything would work out properly for the 50-minute race on Sunday. We got the pole position on Saturday by a hair!" The pole position earned the team an additional 15 points towards the Driver's Championship. "The race got off to a great start with one the Mustangs hounding my rear bumper for the first part," added Wittmer. "The Dodge Motorsports Viper proved to be the better car in the long run. My thanks go out to the Woodhouse Performance racing team for their powerful effort."
Both cars had a good jump-start; Wittmer was off like a bullet and never lost the lead. Courtney also got an excellent start and moved up using the inside lane, but later regretted the decision. "I got a good jump on (Ron) Fellows, but when I committed to the inside lane I got boxed in as the inside lane came to a virtual stop and Fellows, with about four other cars blew past me," said Courtney. It was a strong field on Sunday; Courtney had to work hard to make up the lost ground. "We were running high-brake temperatures all weekend," said Courtney. "We thought we had it under control, but somewhere about a third of the way through the race, the brake pedal became longer and longer."
"In fact," said Courtney, "My major pass of the race was actually one of survival." Randy Pobst in the K-Pax Volvo got around Courtney a lap earlier in Touring Car class traffic. Courtney was closing the distance up, looking for a chance to re-pass when they both entered Turn 1. "It looks like I made a sweet pass," said Courtney, "but I was just trying to survive, I could slow the car just enough to slide down the inside of Randy and make the turn."
Altogether, it was a great event for the Woodhouse Performance Team and their Dodge supporters including the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. "It was a great opportunity to connect with the fans and with Dodge," said Courtney. "I really enjoyed meeting Ralph Gilles (Dodge President and CEO)."
Thursday night the Thunder on Pine Street started the incredible weekend off with a huge crowd of people coming out to enjoy the display of cars and drivers.
"This is a terrific start to the season, it has moved me up to 8th in the Driver's Championships," said Courtney. "I have high hopes for the rest of the year for this team." The win has really helped the team, "I was sitting 5th in the Driver's Championship before coming to Long Beach," said Wittmer. "Now, I've gained enough points to jump up to 2nd place. This is a long season, nine races to go is a long way from home. We need to keep working hard on this program."
Don't miss this exciting race when it broadcasts on VERSUS on May 1, 2010 4:30-6:00pm. The next race will be at Wittmer's home track, Mosport International Raceway, May 21-23, 2010.
-source: Jeff Courtney Racing, wp