May 31, 2009 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Another Win for WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee at the Road Atlanta Pro-IT Championship Race  Willie Phee started the WRPMotorsports Acura Integra back up car for the second race in a row at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro-IT event at Road Atlanta Raceway May 31st and finished 1st in class. “I was hoping to have the primary car ready for this weekend but the backup car worked great and because of a little bad luck for my primary competition I managed to take the overall in class” said Willie Phee. Qualifying and the race were both held on Sunday, Phee would end up qualifying the car 2nd in class 14th overall in the 21 car field.  “At best I thought I had a second place car” said Phee.  “My primary competition had a 3 second gap on me in qualifying and was starting 9th overall”.  “But this was one of those times when it was better to be lucky than good”.  “I had a decent jump on the start but the car directly in front of me went to the outside and into the grass on the start, so I backed off until I knew he wasn’t going to come back across the track and take me out.  That allowed several cars to get by me down the front straight, but I managed to get back past them in the first couple of laps.  At about lap 4 I noticed I was catching the first place car and got into the lead on lap 5 and ended up putting a lap on the second place car by the end of the race”. The Pro-IT point’s battle continues to be between Phee and Miata driver Joe Tenny.  Phee’s win this weekend will move him into the lead of the championship as Tenny would DNF with engine problems.  The next race is scheduled for June 13/14 back at Road Atlanta for round 5 of the NASH Southeast Championship race.
March 21, 2009 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Another Podium for WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee at the Road Atlanta Pro-IT Championship Race  Willie Phee started the WRPMotorsports Acura Integra back up car at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro-IT event at Road Atlanta Raceway March 21st and finished 2nd in class. “After crashing the primary car last weekend it was great to get the backup car on the podium” said Willie Phee.  “Needless to say I was a little timid in the two corners that I had problems with last weekend and I was really just looking to get some points this weekend, but to finish second in class was a real bonus”. The Pro-IT race was held in conjunction with the first race in the reborn Trans-AM series so both qualifying session and the race would be held on Saturday.  Phee would end up qualifying the car 3rd in class 20th overall in the 29 car field.  “My second session was slightly faster than my first, but well below what I could have turned if I was in the primary car.  The backup car is good but it doesn’t have the same suspension as the primary car and I believe that the suspension alone is worth at least 4 seconds a lap” said Phee.  “I figured for the race I would just try to run consistent 1:50’s and try to get as many points as I could for the championship”.  Phee would run 15 of the 19 laps between a 1:51 and a 1:50 and ran 9 laps in a row in the 1:50’s.  “I was just cruising around in 3rd and keeping a good gap on the 4th place car when the front running car had a mechanical problem and moved me up to 2nd” “This is one of those times when it’s better to be lucky than good”. The Pro-IT point’s battle is shaping up between Phee and Miata driver Joe Tenny and should be close throughout the 6 race series. The next race is scheduled for May 30/31 back at Road Atlanta for round 3 of the SCCA Pro-IT Championship race.
March 14 -15,, 2009 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Another Podium for WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee at the Road Atlanta Pro-IT Championship Race  At round 2 of the National Auto Sport Association Southeast Championship event, WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee took another first place finish in the Saturday sprint race, but suffered a crash on the 7th lap of the Sunday sprint race and had to retire the car.  The weather forecast called for rain on and off all weekend and would make qualifying and the race very challenging around the 2.5 mile Road Atlanta circuit.  After a brief warm up session in the morning qualifying was held just before lunch on a very wet track.  “Qualifying was a short 15 minutes and because it was so wet the lap times were considerably slower than they would have been in the dry” said Willie Phee.  “I literally only got an out lap, one warm up lap and then luckily I had some track space and was able to put in one good lap before the session ended”.  “I was hoping to at least get a couple more laps in but it turned out that the one lap I had was fast enough to put me in P2 on the front row”.  “I was quite surprised to be in front of several faster cars” said Phee.  “It just goes to show how rain can be the great equalizer”.  “I knew starting in the front row would at least give some clear track and a minimum amount of water spray to have to deal with, but I also knew new I got to the back straight the faster cars would be coming by me”.  “I managed to maintain a good pace and stayed near the front and ended up dropping back the 7th overall and first in class at the finish”. Sunday brought more rain and an early qualifying session and once again Phee would our qualify several faster cars in the Honda Challenge class and end up 7th on the grid 2.5 seconds faster than the top running H2 car.  “I was really surprised on Sunday to be 2.5 seconds quicker than the H2 cars” said Phee.  “My strategy was to try and duplicate my Saturday drive and just maintain a good pace” said Phee.  “It was all going good until the 5th lap when I spun the car in turn 12”.  “Turn 12 is the final turn before the finish and is a high speed right hander with about 20 feet of run-off room at the exit with a 20 foot high concrete wall to stop you if you go off.  Luckily when the car spun I was able to keep it off the wall and continue on. Unfortunately a lap later as I was exiting turn 4 and setting up for the esses the back end came around on me again and the was no chance to save it.  The car was immediately backwards and heading for the concrete wall at the bottom of the esses.  I slammed the wall on the driver’s side and immediately ended my race”.  “It was a pretty hard hit”, said Phee.  “The telemetry showed a 1.6g hit, although it didn’t seem that bad when I actually hit the wall. I thought I may be able to get the car going but it wouldn’t go into gear.  Once we got the car back to the pits I figured out why I couldn’t shift it.  The impact shoved the axle through the transmission and broke the transmission case in half.  The driver’s side was heavily damaged and both ends of the suspension were damaged”.  “The safety equipment did its job and allowed me to walk away unhurt” said Phee. The in-car video can be seen here: http://www.vimeo.com/3800886 “It’s really unfortunate to have had the accident, but we’ll repair the car and get it ready as soon as we can” said Phee. The next race is scheduled for March 21 back at Road Atlanta for round 2 of the SCCA Pro-IT Championship race and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee will be running the teams back up car in the event. 
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February 22, 2009 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Willie Phee started the WRPMotorsports Acura Integra at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) event at Road Atlanta Raceway March 22nd and finished 1st in class and 4th  overall in the SARRC sprint race. “It was a great to start out the season with a dominating win”, said Willie Phee.  “Even though the ITA turnout was a little light, it was great to finish in front of several of the faster ITS cars.” Phee had two very good qualifying sessions posting the 3rd overall fastest time on Saturday and topping the time sheets on Sunday morning.  “I knew the car was good after the first qualifying session and was quite surprised to top the time sheets in second qualifying” said Phee. Starting the race in third position “I knew that there were several faster cars behind me, so my plan was to try and hang with the two lead cars for the first couple of laps and put a gap on the second place ITA car.  Unfortunately the first place ITS car spun in turn 4 on the first lap and bunched up the field”.  “I was able to put in some good consistent laps in the first few laps and get a gap on the second and third place ITA cars”. “The great thing is they started battling each other and that allowed me to gap them by about a second a lap and finish with a little over 20 seconds in hand at the finish”. The next race is scheduled for March 14/15 back at Road Atlanta for round 2 of the (NASA) South East Championship race
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WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee Finishes the Season with a 4th and a 6th at the American Road racing Championship at Road Atlanta Raceway. Sports Car Club of America’s American Road Racing Championship (ARRC) was held at Road Atlanta Raceway in Braselton, GA on November 6th and 7th, 2009.  WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee finished in 4th place in the Pro-IT event and 6th place in the National event.  The qualifying procedure for the ARRC would be a morning and an afternoon session, with a single qualifying session for the Pro-IT race in between.  “The weather was very cool in the morning session, so I knew that I needed to try and get a good time” said Phee.  “It was tough to get a clear lap because everybody was thinking the same thing.  I turned a 1:44:9 and that would put me 11th  on the grid.  Pro-It qualifying would be even more difficult with 50 cars on the track.  “I was trying to get a gap so I could try to get at least a couple of hot laps but it was really difficult.  I managed to put in one flying lap and ran a 1:45:5”.  That would put Phee 2nd in class but 25th overall 6 cars behind the lead ITA car.  The Pro-IT race was the last session of the day and with the sun getting low in the sky it was going to be very difficult negotiating turns 4 and 5 with the glare as those turns were heading directly into the setting sun.  “I had a good start and caught up to the first place ITA car by the time we got to the back straight, but a couple of cars got together in the turn 10A/B complex and that caused a full course caution right off the bat”.  “The restart was not so good as several out of class cars dive bombed me into turn one and I lost several positions to my competition” said Phee.  “Another full course caution late in the race allowed us to bunch up again, but since this was a timed event, when we went back to green there was only a two lap dash to the finish”.  “I ended up taking 4th after being as far back as 5th at one point.  There were just so many cars out there it was hard to get a clear enough lap to try and move up”. The ARRC race started at 11:00 in the morning and the temperatures were in the upper 60’s.  “The start went well until we got to turn 6 when a couple of the front running cars got together”.  That bunched up the field and allowed the leaders to get away.  “We had 8 cars in a pack running nose to tail at the end of lap one and unfortunately I was running at the back of the 8 car pack in 12th.  I moved up to 9th over the next few laps and was having a great battle with Jeremy Lucas in the other Integra”.  “He and I went back and fourth for a few laps until I knew we had to work together to catch the 6th place car and on lap 15 of the 20 lap race I knew it was time to try and get around Jeremy and close up to the 6th place Miata”.  “I passed Jeremy going into turn 10A and once I got around him the 6th place car was about 2 seconds in front of me”.  “The crew radioed me and I knew there was only 5 laps to go so I put my head down and started reeling him in”.  “I ended up turning my fastest lap of the race on lap 19 and ended up passing him on the last lap just two turns from the finish”.  “After starting 11th and to be able to get in the top six at the ARRC was a good run for me” said Phee.  
November 6-7, 2009 Road Atlanta Raceway, Braselton, Georgia 
August 8, 2009 – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee Finishes Just Off the Podium at Round 4 of the SARRC Championship Held at Daytona International Raceway. Willie Phee started the WRPMotorsports Acura Integra at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) event at Daytona International Speedway in 3rd position and finished 4th  in class at round 4 of the Central Florida Region SARRC event. In only his second time at the famed Daytona International Speedway Willie Phee finished just off the podium in 4th place.  “I surprised myself this weekend said Phee.  The last time I was here was 4 years ago in a Spec Miata, so to qualify in the top 3 and finish 4th was a good weekend”.  “I asked Tommy Byrne to help me with some coaching this weekend and he really helped me get up to speed”, said Phee.  (Tommy Byrne is an ex-Formula 1 driver and driving instructor at the Honda sponsored Mid Ohio School). Phee would qualify 3rd in class in a field of 23 ITA cars and 22nd out of 70 cars in the race group.  “I was very happy to qualify in the top three, especially in such a large ITA field.  This place is all about the draft and if you don’t have any help it’s difficult to get a fast lap”.  “At the start I got held up going into turn one and 4 cars got by me which allowed the 4th and 5th place ITA cars to get a run on me in the banking”.  “The third place car got a run going into the bus stop chicane and I got held up again by a slower car.  He checked out after that and I was in a battle with the fifth place car for the rest of the race”.  “We went back and forth for several laps, I had a better run in the infield and he was better on the banking.  I knew if I could get the draft out of the bus stop and could make a pass into turn one I could hold him off at the finish.  Tommy let me know when I had one lap to go and I managed to make the pass and hold on for fourth in class and 18th overall”. The next race is scheduled for September 5/6 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
September 5-6, 2009  Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Another Double Podium for WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee at Barber Motorsports Park. Willie Phee started the WRPMotorsports Acura Integra at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) event at Barber Motorsports Park and finished 1st in class in round 6 of the Pro-IT event and finished 3rd in class in rounds 5 and 6 of the Atlanta Region SARRC event. This is the second time this year that WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee ended up on the podium in all three events he entered.  “The start of the weekend was pretty sketchy with rain for both qualifying sessions and the first SARRC race of the weekend” said Phee.  “But obviously it turned out great since I was able to get on the podium in every race I ran”.  “The OPM crew did a great job as always making sure the car was right for all of the sessions, and that helped build my confidence throughout the weekend”. Race one would be round 5 of the SARRC Championship and Phee would qualify 4th in class and 11th overall.  “Starting 11th put me on the inside going into turn one and I knew the faster rear wheel drive cars would be struggling in the wet so I tried to get a jump on the start, but with the spray from the wet track all I could do was maintain my place for the first couple of laps”.  “I did manage to get by the third place car fairly quickly but some of the faster rear wheel drive cars were really having traction issues and started to fall back to me”.  “That allowed the top two cars to get away while I dealt with cars that were slow in the turns fighting for traction and then would blast down the straights”.  “I didn’t quite have enough speed to get by before we would get to the next straight and they would take off”.  “In spite of the difference in power it was fun and clean racing with the faster ITS and ITR cars” said Phee.     Race two would be the final round of the Pro-IT Championship where Phee would qualify 2nd in class in 14th overall.  “Starting on the outside for turn one was a little tricky, but the Sunday races were dry so I was set up well for turns two and three as I would be on the inside.  I got a good jump and got inside the first place car in turn two but going into the turn 5 horseshoe several cars got together and nearly blocked the track.  I got by on the outside but made contact with another car.  The bad news was I now had a vibration on the right front wheel and I wasn’t sure if I had suspension or tire damage, the good news was I moved up to third overall because of the carnage in turn 5”.  “We were pretty spread out after a couple of laps because of the turn 5 incident, but another car went off in an impact zone and we ran 3 laps under a double yellow, which allowed the pack to bunch up.  On the restart I just kept a steady pace and tried to stay with the faster front running cars and ended up 1st in class and 4th  overall at the finish” said Phee. Race three would be round 6 of the SARRC Championship and Phee would again qualify 14th overall and 4th in class.  “The third race was fairly uneventful, I managed to get by the third place car on lap one and held him off at the finish.  It was interesting being in a battle with 3 of the faster ITS cars for the entire race, they were fast down the straights but were slower in the turns.  I did get by a couple of times and ran as high as 10th overall, but ended up with 3rd in class and 12th overall at the finish” said Phee. The next race is the American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta Raceway on November 5-7
July 18-19, 2009 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
A Triple Podium For WRPMotorsports Drive Willie Phee at the SARRC Championship and Pro-IT Championship at Road Atlanta Raceway  Willie Phee started the WRPMotorsports Acura Integra at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) event at Road Atlanta Raceway and finished 1st in class in round 4 of the Pro-IT event and finished 2nd in class in rounds 2 and 3 of the Atlanta Region SARRC event. In only the second race back in the primary car Willie Phee finished on the podium in all three of the races he entered this weekend.  “It was great to have such a good weekend” said Phee.  “The car was very good all weekend, and the minor adjustments that the OPM crew made during the event made the car very easy to drive”. Race one would be round 2 of the Atlanta Region SARRC Championship and Phee would qualify 1st in class and 8th overall.  “I was a little surprised to qualify 1st in class because I knew that there was an extremely fast BMW in the class, but I guess he just didn’t get a clear lap in qualifying” said Phee.  “I started on the outside in row 4 and got a little held up on the start and that allowed the BMW to get buy me in turn 3.  Once we got to the back straight he was just gone.  On lap 4 I dropped back to 3rd when a Miata got inside me in turn 1.  I managed to stay close for the rest of the race and when we got into lapped traffic the Miata got held up in turn 7 and I was able to make the pass for 2nd into turn 10 and hold on to 2nd at the finish”. Race two would be round 4 of the Pro-IT Championship and again Willie would qualify 1st in class and 7th  overall.  “I had a decent start but the second place car got by me in turn 3, I knew based on qualifying times I had a faster car and decided to be patient” said Phee.  “A couple of laps later, once traffic spread out a bit I got back into the lead and maintained a good pace and finished 1st in class and 8th overall”. Race three would be round 3 of the Atlanta Region SARRC Championship and Phee would qualify 3rd in class and 14th overall.  “We had a very short (only 10 minutes) qualifying session and unfortunately the one good lap I was on I missed a shift going into turn 5 and blew the lap and got held up on my next fast lap” said Phee.  “At the start I knew the first place car was out of reach, but the second place car was only a couple of rows ahead of me so I knew I needed a good start.  However starting on the outside is not the best place to be, but luckily a gap opened up on the inside going into turn one and I was able to close up on the second place car on lap one”.  “I was about 8 seconds behind the second place car on lap two with 5 cars between us, but at least I could see him.   I got around two of the cars on the next lap and tried the get in some consistent laps and slowly closed in on the second place car.  I ran 4 laps in the 47’s and 6 laps in the 46’s and got by with 4 laps to go”.  “Even though I finished 2nd it was a great race and was glad I could run him down at the finish” Said Phee. The next race is scheduled for August 8/9 at Daytona International Speedway.
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