Milwaukee, WI – JCR Motorsports persevered through a challenging Pirelli World Challenge race weekend at Barber Motorsports Park April 22-24, 2016.
Jeff Courtney, of Milwaukee, WI, unfortunately missed both of the practice sessions of the weekend due to a multitude of hard to trace mechanical issues with his No. 99 Kenda Tire/RecStuff.com Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4. The issues continued in qualifying and Courtney was unable to turn a lap, therefore he started from the back row in Round 5. It was not until the start of the first race that the true source of the issues became transparent and on lap 1 the gearbox came completely undone and forced Courtney to park. The JCR Motorsports crew worked late into the night to prepare the car for Round 6. Because of Friday’s DNF Courtney would be forced to start from the back row but was able to battle his way to thirteenth position before time ran out.
“We are experiencing a little bad luck so far this season for sure, but we are determined to show what this Maserati and the JCR team are capable of, and I really need to thank our crew members for the long hours spent at the track this past weekend” said Courtney. “I was getting a little down on our situation this weekend until I started talking to Clint and his colleagues from Racing for Children’s. I was listening to what they were doing and I felt so honored to be a small part of their mission. It really turned my perspective around. Meeting some of these great kids and their families and the people involved with Racing for Children’s charity was the highlight of my weekend for sure. I would like to thank Clint for joining us.”
Clint Guthrie, of Birmingham, AL, joined the JCR Motorsports team this weekend in the No. 66 Racing for Children’s Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4. In qualifying, with limited practice Guthrie was able to turn a 1:32 fast lap in damp conditions, a time that was only a second off the previous GTS track record. The time placed him fifteenth on the highly competitive GTS Round 5 starting grid. Guthrie was battling mixed race conditions and traffic when a competitor spun him when attempting a pass in Turn 1. Guthrie was unable to continue and he was given a drive-through penalty for the contact. Guthrie’s fast race lap in Round 5 put him in 17th position for Round 6. Battling with Jason Alexandridis and Alline Cipriani for a large portion of the 50-minute race, Guthrie was as high as twelth position until he was given a 65 second penalty which set him back to where he started. He crossed the finish line in 17th position.
Guthrie races at Barber Motorsports Park each year in support of local hospital, Children’s of Alabama. The event has raised over $700,000 and increased awareness for pediatric cancer. The 6th Annual Racing for Children’s Charity Dinner and Auction took place Friday, April 22 at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
“The Maserati is the most balanced car I have ever raced in over 10 years of professional racing,” said Guthrie. “I would love the opportunity to run the Maserati with JCR Motorsports again. The car and crew are capable of fantastic results; it is easily a top-five car. Even in adverse conditions we had a strong weekend.”
Watch GTS Round 5 and 6 on CBS Sports Network Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 PM EST.
Learn more about Racing for Children’s at www.racingforchildrens.org
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