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WRPMotorsports Driver finishes on the podium of day 2 of Round 3 of the ITS Championship series at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina  Round three of the ITS SARRC Championship series was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Willie Phee finishing fifth in the Saturday race and on the podium in second place in the Sunday feature race. Qualifying for both races was held Saturday morning with the best times from either qualifying or the Saturday race setting the gird for the Sunday feature race.  Phee would start both races from the fifth position.  “This was my first time racing at Charlotte, and I expected it to be somewhat similar to Daytona, but the track was vastly different.  Daytona is a 2.5 mile oval with 31 degree banking and Charlotte is a 1.5 mile oval with 24 degree banking.  Everything happens much quicker at Charlotte and the banking was very rough compared to Daytona” said Phee. At the start of race one Phee would drop one position to sixth but would move back into fifth place on lap 12 of the 14 lap race where he would finish.  “I had a really difficult time getting through NASCAR turns three and four which would slow my momentum for the lap.  There was a big bump in the middle of turn three that made the car want to push to the outside and with the short radius of the turns the g forces where very high”.  Race two was set for Sunday just before lunch and Phee would move up one position on the start to fourth but ended up dropping back to sixth on lap three.  Phee managed to get back into fifth on the next lap and would move into fourth on lap eight.  A full course caution would come out on lap 10 and would bunch up the field for a restart one lap later.  At the restart on lap 11 Phee was glued to the second and third place cars and coming out of turn one on lap 12 the second and third place cars would make contact with each other allowing Phee to move into second place where he would finish out the 19 lap race. “I ended up second after the Miata and the “Z” car got together on the straight between turns one and two.  It was very narrow with concrete walls on both sides of the track.  Amazingly even though the Miata spun I don’t think he hit anything, I manage to squeeze by once a gap opened up and just tried to run consistent laps to the end” said Phee.  “I also changed my line going into NASCAR three and four and had much better exit speeds in race two”. Video of the race two incident can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NuUA5KiZI48  “I have to really thank the OPM crew for helping work on setting the car up over the course of the weekend.  We ended up going softer on the suspension settings and ran a lower aspect ratio tire on Sunday that seemed to help the car get through NASCAR three and four. Tom and Mike were a big help in getting me comfortable in the car”. The next race is the Round four ITS SARRC Championship series scheduled for July 28- 29, 2018 at Road Atlanta Raceway in Braselton, Georgia. The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants and OPM Autosports. Photos courtesy of Motorsports Photography by Clark McInnis http://cmcinnis.wordpress.com/ 
June 9-10, 2018 – Charlotte Motorspeedway Concord, North Carolina
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