Milwaukee, WI – April 14, 2015 – JCR Motorsports heads to Long Beach, California for the Long Beach Grand Prix April 17-19 after surviving a tumultuous weekend of Pirelli World Challenge Racing in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 27-29, 2015.
Driver of the No. 99 Kenda Tire/RecStuff.com Audi R8 Ultra Jeff Courtney, of Milwaukee, WI, entered the race weekend hopeful for redemption following a troublesome experience at Circuit of the Americas. A rainy qualifying session put Courtney in the 12th position on the GTA starting grid for Round 3. Characteristically, Courtney executed a brilliant launch on the start and was able to avoid a massive pile up on the front straight and went on to capture a sixth place finish. Sunday’s Round 4 brought a similar amount of chaos and caution flags. Once again Courtney was able to keep his racecar clean and snagged a fifth place finish.
“It is a good weekend when you can walk out of here intact,” said Courtney. “We continued to get faster every session and in the race we just need more green flag laps to continue our development and have some fun! As a team we are moving in the right direction. “The constant caution flags were kind of a bummer because I want to race! I feel like I didn’t get to race at COTA and now here, but I am happy to get out of here in one piece and I am ready for Long Beach.”
Mitch Landry, of Lake Charles, LA, qualified his Deep South/VersaCrane Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car right in the middle of the GT Cup field in fifth position for Round 3. Landry was able to avoid the carnage which collected many of his competitors and battled his way to capture a third place finish, his first trip to the podium in 2015. Unfortunately, Landry was not able to defend his podium in Round 4 as he was collected in a lap-two pile up that rendered his Porsche unable to continue.
“Saturday was pretty awesome,” said Landry. “I was lucky, staying out of the carnage. I had a good run on Alec coming up on the inside of him during the start and I didn’t get by. I am glad because I would have been in his position in the wall. Sunday we had a great start and then coming around on the second lap they called a caution but it was really too late. The guy in front of me started spinning and it was one of those racing deals. Over all we come away with a little points and a good weekend.”
The Long Beach Grand Prix is a temporary 11-turn, 19.86 mile street circuit. GT/GTA/GT Cup will race on Sunday, April 19th at 4:30 PM PST. The race can be viewed live on www.world-challengetv.com and Torque.TV. A full schedule of events and more can be found at www.world-challenge.com
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