WOODHOUSE, COURTNEY POST TOP-10 FINISHES AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK Tooele, UT (May 19, 2007) -- Bob Woodhouse, in his one-race return from retirement, competing in the No. 13 Kicker/Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper, and Jeff Courtney, in...
WOODHOUSE, COURTNEY POST TOP-10 FINISHES AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK
Tooele, UT (May 19, 2007) -- Bob Woodhouse, in his one-race return from retirement, competing in the No. 13 Kicker/Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper, and Jeff Courtney, in the No. 99 Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper, finished the day strong with top-10 finishes in Round 3 of SPEED World Challenge GT series competition at Miller Motorsports Park. With the beautiful mountains of Utah as a backdrop to the meticulously engineered 24-turn, 4.5-mile race track, Woodhouse Performance finished the weekend with both drivers in the top-10 for the first time this season.
"What a totally awesome day," Woodhouse said. "We walked out of the drivers meeting Friday morning and Jeff said, 'Hey, Bob, lets see if we can get both cars in the top-10'," Woodhouse said after the race. "I was thinking about him on that last lap, hoping that he was there with us."
"It's been seven months since I've had a hold of the [steering] wheel, so I couldn't be happier to be able to come out here and finish in the top-10," Woodhouse continued. "There are some highly talented, highly respected drivers in this series, so for us to be where we're at against those great competitors, we feel good."
Woodhouse started the race in the 15th position, after qualifying with a time of 2:58.600 seconds, and picked up five positions on the first lap of the race. He gained two more before he settled into eighth , where he eventually finished the race. The contact with the No. 15 Corvette of Tony Drissi on lap 11 wouldn't hinder him from accomplishing the top-10 finish and adding another mark in the career top-10 column.
Like Woodhouse, Courtney picked up multiple positions in the opening laps of the race. He qualified the Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper in 16th place with a time of 2:58.742 seconds, taking off from the starting grid just behind car-owner Woodhouse. By lap five he had gained six positions, breaking into the top-10 for the first time in his World Challenge GT series career. Courtney raced in and around the top-10 throughout the race, and took the checkered flag in the 10th position on the final circuit of the 14-lap race.
The 10th place finish for Courtney was his first top-10 of the season. Entering the Larry H. Miller Grand Prix of Utah, Courtney was 11th in the season championship points standings after posting top-15 finishes at Sebring and Long Beach. Courtney, who has now been appropriately nicknamed 'Mr. Consistency', holds his 11th place spot in the season standings, now just four points out of the top-10.
"It feels good to get my first top-10 finish, especially here at Miller Motorsports Park," said Courtney. "When we came here last year in the Touring Car series, we just had some terrible luck and didn't really have a good race, and for that reason I didn't know how the weekend would go. But it turned out great. I am happy to get my first top-10 in the GT series, finish the weekend clean and keep posting consistent, solid finishes in the Kenda Tires/ProMPI Dodge Viper."
Woodhouse was interviewed by SPEED Channel about his return to racing and will be featured in the pre-race portion of the SPEED World Challenge GT race Broadcast. The race airs at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday May 27, 2007 on the SPEED Channel.
Woodhouse Performance and the SPEED World Challenge Series heads to Charlotte, N.C., May 24 to compete in Round 4 of SPEED World Challenge GT Series Competition at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. NASCAR Star Kasey Kahne will join Woodhouse Performance in the No. 13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper for the race in conjunction with NASCAR.