Laguna Seca: Jeff Courtney preview
SEASON FINALE AT LAGUNA Courtney Prepares to Charge in California Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 8, 2009) - Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 KENDA Tires/Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, prepares for his final race of the SCCA ...
SEASON FINALE AT LAGUNA
Courtney Prepares to Charge in California
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 8, 2009) - Jeff Courtney, driver of the No. 99 KENDA Tires/Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, prepares for his final race of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championships 2009 season at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, this weekend, October 9-11.
"It is a great track, I really love racing on it," said Courtney. "Unfortunately, I haven't had the best of luck on it." In the three races that Courtney has competed on this track, all have ended in a mechanical failure, yet Courtney remains optimistic, "Hopefully we can kick that gremlin to the curb."
There has been a short turnaround for SCCA Pro Racing SPEED GT drivers; just over a week ago the teams were leaving Road Atlanta. The Woodhouse Performance Team has been working overtime to get the car on pace with the other brands. The No. 13 car, driven by Charlie Putman, has been a particular challenge, but they are focused on putting forth cars that are competitive.
"Charlie had the car from hell at Road Atlanta last race," said team owner Bob Woodhouse. "When things aren't going as well as you want them to, there is only one way out, work at it harder." This team is doing that now, working hard to make the No. 99 and No. 13 cars competitive. Crew Chief Rick Maxwell and team engineer Matt Bejnarowicz have worked on a setup that they feel positive about, after a short test at a local track, they came away with smiles. "We made a few more adjustments but didn't have time to return to the track, so we put Jeff and Charlie on bail notice in case the street test doesn't go well," joked Woodhouse.
"I know Bob, Susan, Rick and Matt have really been working hard on the cars' setup. I'm anxious to get behind the wheel at Laguna," said Courtney. "It is a renowned track, and it's my last race of the year," said Courtney, "I really want to end the year on a positive note."
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