TESTING, TESTING ...1, 2 Jeff Courtney and Bob Woodhouse Take First and Second at June Sprints June 21, 2009 Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - Jeff Courtney, driver of the ...
TESTING, TESTING ...1, 2
Jeff Courtney and Bob Woodhouse Take First and Second at June Sprints
June 21, 2009 Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - Jeff Courtney, driver of the #99 KENDA Tires Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, took first place, and set a new track record, for the STO class at the June Sprints, the first round in the SCCA Triple Crown Series.
"As a team, we decided to run the June Sprints in place of the July Watkins Glen race, there was a lot of exposure here, plus it was a great testing venue for our upcoming race here at Road America in August," said Courtney. The exposure was indeed great, there were large crowds in attendance and more than 500 entries.
The Woodhouse Team used the weekend to get some testing on the #99 KENDA Tires Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. "We learned a few things that we can put into practice at the upcoming races. Not as much as I would have liked because the traffic was pretty heavy, but I'm feeling optimistic for the rest of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge series," said Courtney.
Courtney skipped the Saturday qualifier, and ran Sunday morning to qualify for the number two position, team owner Bob Woodhouse running in the #13 Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe took the pole position.
"I can't tell you how much fun it was to run with team owner, Bob Woodhouse, 'The Boss'. I tried to stay glued to his back bumper and harass him in the opening laps," said Courtney. In turn eight, Woodhouse went wide and into the grass and Courtney made his move to the outside. "When we went into the carousel, we had a little contact and we both simultaneously spun sideways, probably great entertainment for the corner workers!" said Courtney. After that incident, they both got their cars under control and Courtney took the lead and never relinquished it.
Courtney finished in first place, setting a new track record in the STO class of 2:20.443.
"It was a great time, a great race, a great track. I'm really glad we invested our time and energy into this event. After a tough start to the year, maybe this is what we needed to turn things around," said Courtney. Courtney is looking to return to the podium during the remainder of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Championship season.
Courtney is preparing to do some testing on the Autobahn Country Club track in Joliet, Illinois, to be ready for the first SCCA race there. "The Autobahn Country Club track is a new addition to the SCCA series this year," said Courtney.