Veteran racer brings race-winning Maserati sports car for another victory this weekend
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 16, 2019) – Veteran driver Jeff Courtney of Milwaukee, Wis., has continued his road racing success with SRO Pirelli GT4 America Sprint Am class wins this year after capturing the 2018 Sprint Am series championship.
Now, the Wisconsin racer heads to Las Vegas with hopes for another jackpot in the two 50-minute SRO Pirelli GT4 America Sprint events at the infield course of the famed Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This weekend’s SRO races are the final contests for the 2019 season-long sports car tour.
Driving the title-winning No. 99 RecStuff.com/KENDA/JCR Motorsports Maserati Grand Turismo MC GT4 sports car, Courtney has competed in limited events this year in the GT4 Sprint division, but Jeff’s finishes of first, second and third have still vaulted him into the top eight in the Sprint Am class points entering the Las Vegas events.
“The Las Vegas races are pretty much wide open as most of the competitors have not run this circuit before, us included” said Courtney. “This track is very unique for the GT4 series since it is inside the big Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval. I expect this to be a very challenging track for our Maserati and maybe not the best fit for our car but the racing should be very tight and highly competitive as always and with most teams learning a new track should add in some unknowns as well, so maybe some Vegas luck shines down on us at this event. We’ll be testing on Thursday and we hope that track time will help us prepare for the races on the weekend. It would definitely be fun to win in Las Vegas.”
In 2018, Courtney enjoyed an outstanding GT4 Sprint campaign with two wins, two seconds and three Top-5 to capture the coveted series championship by 22 points.
This year, Jeff competed in some endurance competition earlier in the road racing sesaon before returning to the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint tour starting at Watkins Glen International on the Labor Day weekend. He also returned to his home track at Road America last month which saw the weekend hampered by rainstorms.
Testing for the SRO Blancpain GT World Challenge weekend takes place Thursday (Oct. 17) with qualifying set for Friday (Oct. 18) at 2:50 p.m. PDT. The GT4 Sprint 50-minute races are scheduled for Saturday (Oct. 19) at 2:40 p.m. PDT with Sunday’s (Oct. 20) GT4 Sprint finale taking place at 11:10 a.m. PDT.
All Sprint races will be streamed live on gt4-america.com and via audio simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio Ch. 385 (980 on the web stream). GT4 Sprint race highlights from Las Vegas will be televised on CBS Sports Network on Sunday (Oct. 27) at 3 p.m. EDT with an encore showing at 9 p.m. EDT.