BORDER CROSSING: Mosport Track near Toronto, Canada Produces 7th Place Finish for Courtney Toronto, Canada (August 23,2008) -- Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper took to Mosport International Raceway...
BORDER CROSSING: Mosport Track near Toronto, Canada Produces 7th Place Finish for Courtney
Toronto, Canada (August 23,2008) -- Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 Kenda/TJM IWM/Coins of America Dodge Viper took to Mosport International Raceway near Toronto, Canada this weekend in the 7th race of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series. An additional 10% air intake restriction and a limited qualifying time did not keep Courtney from attacking the field and walking away with a 7th place finish overall.
During practices, the Woodhouse Racing Team had gotten the car to a reasonable point, Car Chief Erik Messley and Viper Tech Eddie Martin had planned on making a few more adjustments during the qualifying laps, but they were cut short due to a crash. "We had some ideas on what it was going to take to improve the handling, but we did not get the chance to test them in the qualifying session. We still had a good car considering our restrictions," said Courtney who qualified the car 11th on the grid.
Courtney aced the standing start and jumped ahead of a couple cars. During the first lap of the race, Courtney saw an opportunity to make a move and gain three more positions. "Down in turn five, the field kind of bunched up. I expected three cars to push wide and so I took a gamble and went down into second gear," Courtney said. "Instead, I got pinched off and went up on the curb and missed my shift. Instead of making up three spots, I lost three spots. That move may have been a little greedy on the first lap, but hey, that's racing."
Courtney battled with James Sofronas in the No. 14 Porsche 911 GT3. "Sofronas defended well, I kept harassing him, hoping he would make a mistake, but he never did anything I could capitalize on," said Courtney.
Late in the race, the Corvette of Brian Kubinski lost the motor, blowing oil all through turn nine, in front of the Aston Martin driven by Tommy Milner Junior, the Porsche of Sofronas and the Viper of Courtney. Sofronas and Milner spun out, but fortunately Courtney made it through unscathed. "We got lucky to get through that, some didn't," Courtney said. "That was a wild ride, I just hung on in the car, completely sideways; I just got lucky and saved it, inches from the pavement edge."
The yellow flag stayed out while the checkered flag flew for Eric Curran in the No. 30 Whelen Engineering Corvette.
"It was a good race, for what we were given to work with weight, restrictor and all, we did a good job," said Courtney.
The Woodhouse Team barely has time to catch their breath before they head over to the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, August 29-31.