Milwaukee driver seeks more GT4 Sprint class victories in doubleheader
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Sept. 19, 2019) – After his recent Pirelli GT4 America Sprint race victory earlier this month at Watkins Glen International, Jeff Courtney of Milwaukee and his JCR Motorsports team come to their home race track this weekend (Sept. 20-22) at Road America in search of another race win in the twin 50-minute GT4 events, part of the Blancpain GT World Challenge America sports car spectacular.
Courtney, the 2018 GT4 Sprint Am class champion, brings his race-proven No. 99 RecStuff.com/KENDA Maserati Grand Turismo MC GT4 sports car to the famed four-mile Wisconsin road course after an impressive class triumph in the GT4 Am division at Watkins Glen during the Labor Day weekend competition at the historic New York road circuit.
In tight competition with a strong GT4 field at the Glen, Courtney placed third overall and won his category to lead the veteran driver into this weekend’s action against another strong lineup of sports cars. Despite taking on a competitive group of cars such as Porsche, BMW, Audi, Panoz, McLaren, Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang, Courtney’s race-winning Maserati continued to fight at the front of the field.
Last year at Road America, Courtney scored a popular victory in front of the home crowd with the Maserati and looks to repeat the RA performance when practice rounds begin Friday at 9:30 a.m. MDT.
“I can’t say it was a stress-free weekend at Watkins Glen with a few mechanical issues before the races” said Courtney, “But in the two GT4 Sprint events, the Maserati performed well, and we scored the class victory on Sunday on Labor Day weekend. Now, of course, coming to our home track is always fun and we’ll look for another class win. I think my years of experience at Road America can come in handy in the two 50-minute races.”
Courtney has competed in multiple series in 2019 after chasing the series crown last year. But Jeff’s quest for victory lane hasn’t waned and Road America brings another challenge for him and Maserati.
“We know we are fighting against some high-level machinery in the GT4 division, but our Maserati has proven to be strong at tracks like Watkins Glen and Road America, The Watkins Glen track fits our cars performance perfect! I think it will be a bit tougher for us this weekend at Road America as we are just a little short on top speed on the two long straights due to gearing but hopefully we can make up for that with experience and track knowledge” he said. “We are hoping to come in on Friday and make a solid setup for the races on Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to racing at Road America every time we enter the gates of the historic racing facility.”
Qualifying for the Road America GT4 Sprint races takes place this Saturday at 8:25 a.m. MDT with the first GT4 Sprint 50-minute contest scheduled for 1:10 p.m. MDT at the famed four-mile, 14-turn road course. Sunday’s GT4 Sprint event is set for 10:05 a.m. MDT.
Both Pirelli GT4 America Sprint races at Road America can be viewed live at www.gt4-america.com and via audio simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio Ch. 385 (980 on the web stream). CBS Sports Network highlights coverage for GT4 Sprint races at Road America airs Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. EDT with an encore showing on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. EDT.