PETERSBURG – Great Finishes in the #99 Kenda Tires, RecStuff.com Porsche
St Petersburg, FL (March 23, 2012) —Driving the #99 JCR Motorsports/TruSpeed Joint Porsche GT3, Jeff Courtney was back in action at the Opening Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2012 World Challenge Season at St Petersburg. Courtney scored a 6th place finish Saturday and a 7th place finish on Sunday! “All things considered, I’m pretty happy with those results. Keep in mind that three weeks ago we didn’t even have a car or a team agreement!” said Courtney. Courtney’s JCR Motorsports has teamed with TruSpeed Motorsports to campaign the #99 Kenda Tires/RecStuff.com Porsche.
In an interview, Courtney shared the following relating to the preparation for the race. “The team did a great job preparing the car in such a short timeframe, it really was a great effort by everyone! I was not sure what our expectations should have been coming into this first event – new car, new crew, new crew chief, etc – so it was extremely helpful to be able to pull and compare data with the other TruSpeed drivers, especially since we had zero testing before coming to St Pete. I am really looking forward to Long Beach and the rest of the 2012 season. Although we only have one event in the books, I feel like my new crew chief, Chris Welch, and I are similar in how we approach things. He seems to be low key but very competitive!”
As expected at St. Petersburg, the opening event was packed with excitement as more than 50 cars hit the street course. As the first event of the season, the 2012 World Challenge Season lived up to expectations. As Courtney reflected on the race, he stated, “We didn’t hit the set-up at 100% as we were fighting some frontend push throughout the weekend, but we were competitive and stayed out of trouble and we had a great battle with Tony Gaples in the second half of Sunday’s race. It was great to get back to racing after a long off season.”
Congratulations to Truspeed teammate Lawson Aschenbach for his victory on Sunday! Lawson had a great weekend and should have been two for two! Other teammates, Justin Marks and Tomy Drissi also had great weekends. Marks was competitive all weekend but unfortuantely fell short, due to some bad luck. Drissi had a great 5th place finish on Saturday but suffered a DNF on Sunday.