TOOELE, UTAH – In the high elevation provided by the surrounding mountains, JCR Motorsports rose to the occasion and earned a second-place finish and a pole position in the Grand Prix of Utah the weekend of Aug. 12-13.
Driving the #99 Kenda/RecStuff.com/JCR Motorsports Maserati GT4, Jeff Courtney finished second in Saturday’s race. He also recorded the fastest race lap on Saturday to start from the pole on Sunday.
It made for a successful weekend at the warm and challenging Utah Motorsport Campus track outside of Salt Lake City.
“This is not a track that we expected our car to win at and I have to admit that I really wasn’t happy with our car throughout the test sessions and qualifying, but Simon (Payne, engineer) and the crew did a great job continuing to search for adjustments to the car and keeping me positive and focused to put in the best effort possible, and in the race we just kept digging and taking advantage of every opportunity that came to us and things just worked out." -Jeff Courtney
“I was pretty happy with the 2nd place finish and very surprised we put in the fast lap for Sunday’s pole.”
Courtney combined patience with timely aggressiveness to earn the team’s second-place finish.
Starting fifth, he moved up to 4th at the start of the race, maneuvered to third in a skillful pass executed over a series of turns and charged into second place on a restart by going wide and outside in turn one.
That came with a little more than seven minutes remaining in the one-hour race and Courtney held this position through the checkered flag.
“We’ve been knocking on the door but things haven’t been going our way,” Courtney said. “We have a pretty fast hot rod for lap times but raceability can be an issue so we got some good breaks on the track at just the right time today. "
“I’m happy to be up here (on the podium) because the crew has been working really hard. The outcome today is awesome.”