THUNDER ROLLS New Track Brings New Challenges Milwaukee, Wisc. (September 24, 2008) -- Storms of controversy and praise converge over the Thunderbolt Raceway, part of New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Developers of this new...
New Track Brings New Challenges
Milwaukee, Wisc. (September 24, 2008) -- Storms of controversy and praise converge over the Thunderbolt Raceway, part of New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Developers of this new track planned an elite facility. The racing surface contains challenging turns along with exhilarating speed and for many, it has not disappointed. Others point to blinding dirt and dust that drivers kick up at the edge of the track due to grass not being established yet. The track was also shut down for repairs after driver Scott Pruett carved his car into pieces on the guardrail that separates the track from the pit crews. This happened during practice for the Supercar Life 250 a few weeks ago. An additional 240 feet of guardrail and sand barrels were installed near the pit lane entrance.
"It is hard to know what to expect, it's a totally new track. I'm looking forward to testing it out this weekend," said Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper.
The new facilities are top of the line and luxurious, including a banquet hall and suites along the frontstretch and pit road. The track keeps drivers on their toes, exacting skill and finesse to maneuver the unique turns and elevations.
Team owner Bob Woodhouse comments: "I expect the New Jersey facility to be a bit more demanding due to the dirt issue, but that is a small price for being part of this incredible facility that is bound to get better going forward; it sits in a high population area making it a great place to bet our future on."
After a break of a couple of weeks, the racing schedule is tight again for the Woodhouse Team. There will be no rest these next two weeks for the Woodhouse Performance Team. After leaving New Jersey Motorsports Park they head directly for Road Atlanta in Atlanta, GA for the October 1-4 finale with the Petite Lemans ALMS signature event.
"Once again, all the teams will feel the pressure to leave New Jersey intact for the next race in Road Atlanta," said Courtney. "I really want to end this season with a couple of great races." Courtney remains in 8th place in the SCCA World-Challenge Championship Points race."
Watch live-time updates of the race this weekend at www.world-challenge.com, the green flag is scheduled to wave at 1:00, Saturday, September 26, EDT.