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Toronto: Woodhouse Performance race report

WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE POSTS TWO TOP-15 FINISHES ON THE STREETS OF TORONTO TORONTO (July 8, 2007) - The streets of Toronto produced an exciting race for Woodhouse Performance in Round Six of SPEED World Challenge GT series competition Sunday.

WOODHOUSE PERFORMANCE POSTS TWO TOP-15 FINISHES ON THE STREETS OF TORONTO

TORONTO (July 8, 2007) - The streets of Toronto produced an exciting race for Woodhouse Performance in Round Six of SPEED World Challenge GT series competition Sunday. Canadian guest-pilot of the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Nick Majors finished 14th in his SCCA Pro Racing debut, while 'Mr. Consistency' Jeff Courtney posted another top-15, finishing just barely outside of the top-10 in the 11th position in his No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper. It was Courtney's fourth top-15 finish of the season. With it he keeps his 10th position in the championship points standings for the fourth race in a row.

The race day began with a heavy thunderstorm that left a considerable amount of water on the race surface. The wetness lingered as light rain continued on and off throughout the day and during the race. The street course was slippery as a result, going from moderately dry at the beginning to wet again in a light rainstorm midway through the race and back to dry toward the end.

Courtney started the race on the damp grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition in the 14th position, after qualifying with a lap time of 1:18.073 seconds (80.924 mph) in Saturday afternoon's qualifying session. After making an impressive start in his No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper at the flash of the green light, Courtney got a taste for just how slippery the track surface was, going for a slight spin in turn five. He quickly recovered, working his way through the field with a vengeance and reaching the 11th position by lap nine. He would only improve as the race went on, finding himself in the sixth position just before a full-course caution involving the Dodge Viper of Scotty B. White of Puyallup, Wash., near the end of the race. The restart came with one lap to go and Courtney sensed things could get dicey on the final lap. He kept his nose clean, staying out of any beating and banging and finished solidly in the 11th position. He was happy to see another successful race in the books for his sponsors and the Woodhouse Performance team.

"It was a good day. I was glad to come out of it with a good clean finish and close to the top-10. That was the goal," Courtney said after the race. "The track was slippery at first, once I got into the dry line the Dodge Viper took off and we were moving up through the field. On the last lap I knew it was going to get crazy out there but I just decided to keep cool, not force myself in between everybody and it paid off. We could have lost a lot of positions on that last lap had I not approached it that way, even ended up wrecked and that would not have been a good way to end our day. So, overall it was a good weekend. We came out of here clean and with a solid finish for Kenda Tires and ProMPI and all our sponsors and the guys who work hard on these Woodhouse Performance Dodge Vipers."

Courtney remains in the 10th position in the SPEED GT points standings, nine points out of ninth and 14 ahead of 11th place James Sofronas.

Canada-native Majors, making his first appearance in the SPEED World Challenge GT series, posted a 19th place qualifying effort, with a time of 1:23.425 seconds (75.732 mph) on the 1.755 mile, 11-turn street course. No stranger to the Dodge Viper, it wasn't Majors first rodeo in a Competition Coupe. But the specs in the SPEED GT series are different than what Majors is accustomed to on his very competitive No. 57 Viper. Regardless his familiarity with the non-ABS, lower horsepower Dodge Viper and the SCCA Pro Racing field improved each time he went on track throughout the race weekend and during the race itself. Majors worked his way up through the field after the start of the 31 lap event, driving extremely well in the rain and on the wet racing surface. To the cheers of his hometown crowd, he raced fiercely up through the field to capture a solid top-15 finish for himself and the Woodhouse Performance team. The talented, kind-hearted Oakville, Ontario native felt good about his first race in an American Pro Racing series, and is looking forward to his second opportunity at Mosport.

"I am looking forward to driving again with the Woodhouse Performance team at Mosport," said Majors after the race. "I am familiar with the car and the series now after the race here in Toronto, so I think Mosport will turn out excellent. Having the extra time on track on the promoter test day will be a tremendous advantage to us there. We didn't have much track time at all here in Toronto before the race, I think I made less than 20 laps total in practice, so being able to have more of that in Mosport will be great. Toronto was an excellent experience and a great opportunity and I enjoyed it immensely. The Woodhouse Performance team is top notch--they did an excellent job working with me all weekend long. I am most certainly looking forward to working with them again in Mosport."

The SPEED World Challenge series heads to Mosport International Raceway for Round Eight of SPEED GT competition August 26, where Majors will make his second career SPEED GT start.

SPEED Channel will broadcast Round Six of SPEED World Challenge Competition from Toronto at 12:00 p.m. EST Sat. July 14.

Woodhouse Performance and the SPEED World Challenge Series heads to Lexington, Ohio July 22 to compete in Round Seven of SPEED World Challenge GT Series Competition at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.

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Drivers James Sofronas , Jeff Courtney , Scotty B. White , Nick Majors