Milwaukee, WI (August 17,2016) – Jeff Courtney Racing rebounded from a rough weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a fifth place finish at Utah Motorsports Campus last weekend, August 11-14.
Driver and crew of the No. 99 Kenda Tire / RecStuff.com Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4 had high hopes to make a strong comeback after Mid-Ohio despite the fact of a not so favorable BOP and a 3.048-mile road course that sits at an elevation of 5,050 feet above sea level does not suit the Maserati as well as other courses on the schedule. Courtney put his No. 99 in eighth position on the Round 14 starting grid with a fast lap time of 1:57.711, a mere 0.4 seconds off pole position.
Courtney had his work cut out for him in Round 14. With an ill handling racecar, the No. 99 fell back to as far as 11th place. With a combination of patience and few well-timed passes he was able to hold on for a very solid fifth place finish. “We discovered after the race that we had a bad front left control arm at the end of Saturday’s race,” said Courtney. “The car was pushing so bad I expected to finish in last place!”
Because of Saturday’s issues, Courtney would be starting from the 10th position for Sunday’s standing start. Courtney got a great launch and thanks to a few stalled competitors jumped up multiple positions. What seemed like a brilliant start to the race turned into a less than desirable situation in turn 1 and Courtney fell back to 12th position. The JCR Maserati was by far stronger than Saturday and Courtney was taking advantage of the well-handling car. Unfortunately, his progress was spoiled and the JCR Motorsports squad suffered another DNF due to contact from another competitor.
“It is very frustrating for our whole team and our sponsors knowing that we have a good all-around package and we are just not catching the breaks to prove it,” said Courtney. “We know that nothing comes easy at this level of competition, so you can bet we will be working very hard to prove ourselves at Sonoma and Laguna,” said Courtney.
Currently thirteenth in the GTS driver championship, the next stop for Jeff Courtney Racing is Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., September 16-18.