June 7-8, 2008 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Round five of the National Auto Sport Association Southeast Championship event,
WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee finished 1
in both of the sprint races and co-drove
with team-mates Ryan Downton and Tom Fowler to top the E1 class in the three hour
There was no qualifying for the enduro due to limited track time, so we were assigned
starting spot. We determined that Tom would start the car even though he
had never beer around the
track at speed. Even with
Tom’s lack of track
knowledge, he managed to
move up to 6
turned the fastest lap of
the group at 1.49.3. Tom
turned the car over to
Willie on Lap 21 and
resumed on the track in
position. Willie moved
the car up to 12
end of his stint on lap 38.
Ryan took over and re-
entered the track in 13
position. Ryan would end up stopping two more times but managed to bring the car to
the finish in 10
position overall and 1
in class. This makes the third time this driving
team has finished first in class in the NASA Enduro Championship.
In the sprint races there would be two qualifying sessions. On Saturday, Willie would
qualify with a 1.50.414 and on Sunday a 1.50.388. Both times would put Willie fist in
class. “We had some problems in the Saturday practice and qualifying,” said Phee.
“Something was wrong in the front end, I thought we fixed it for the qualifying session
but it turned out that it was a bent upper control arm that we didn’t figure out until the
qualifying session ended. Once we got the car fixed it handled much better for the
race” “Actually I was surprised with the qualifying time since the car was feeling
strange in the front end” said Willie.
“The race itself was uneventful, other than dicing with a couple of cars in the other
race groups. I ended up taking first in class and 10
overall on Saturday and 17
overall on Sunday”.
The next race is scheduled for July 19
at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. for
Round 5 of the SCCA Pro-IT Championship.
May 31st, 2008 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Round four of the Sports Car Club of America Pro-IT Championship event,
WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee finished 2nd in class and 5th overall in the 30 car
field of the Pro-IT race.
Phee would qualify 4th overall
and 2nd in ITA with a 1.45.7.
“I was happy with the 1.45
said Phee. It seems like the
team continues to make
improvements to the car and
I end up going a little quicker
each time we come here”.
“I got a good start and
moved in 3rd overall just in
front of the pole starting ITA
Car. I was able to maintain
first in class for a couple of
laps, but got passed going
into turn 1” said Phee. I ran
second in class until about lap
8 when we went full course caution for a car that had spun in the racing line. I had a
good gap on the third placer car but the caution allowed him to close up the gap. On
the restart, I got back around the first place car, but it would only last for 1 turn as my
momentum was slowed and three cars would get by me in turn three”.
“I had a good battle with the third through sixth place cars for most of the race and
settled in behind the second place ITA car for the final lap. As we came around turn
three, I saw the first place ITA car out of the corner of my eye on the side of the track.
I knew at that point I was battling for first. I made a couple of attempts to get by but
was unable and ended up finishing .359 seconds behind the first place car”.
The next race is scheduled for June 7th and 8th at Barber Motorsports Park in
Birmingham, Alabama for Round 5 of the NASA Southeast Championship series.
, 2008 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
At round three of the Sports Car Club of America Pro-IT Championship event and
Enduro Championship Race, WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee was able to top the Pro-
IT race and with guest co-driver, Bill Ritchie won the ITA class in the 1.5-hour enduro
Qualifying was combined due
to sharing the facility with the
Formula Drift event. Willie
would qualify the primary car
for the Pro-IT race with a
1.46.5 that would put him
outside the front row for only
the second time in his career.
“I was a little surprised with the
time,” said Phee. “I had a
power steering line failure at
the start of qualifying, so the
car was a little harder to drive
without the power steering
working”. “It actually allowed
me to have a little more
feedback on the track, but the car would have been a handful if I had to run more than
the scheduled 20laps race. It was great to start on the front row especially since the
place ITA car was starting 8
with a 1.48.9.”
“I thought I had a decent start but ran wide in turn one and allowed three cars to get
by. I ran in the top five for the first half of the race, and was having a good battle with
the three other cars, when the 2
place ITA car started to gain some track position on
me. I decided it was time to put some distance between him and me”.
“I managed to get back into 2
in class by lap 13 and opened up a gap on
place car. It was great moving back into 2
overall after battling with the other
competitors,” said Phee.
Due to the combined qualifying, Bill Ritchie would qualify in the enduro car. This was
Bill’s first time in the WRPMotorsports Integra as he normally races a Honda CRX, so he
was still learning the car during qualifying. Bill ended up 22
overall with a 1.57.9 in
the 23 car field.
Willie would start the enduro and run the first half of the race. After letting the pack
sort itself out, Willie was moving up through the field until lap 3 when the left front
shock blew and lost damping. “It was like riding a pogo stick out there in the fast right
hand turns,” said Willie. “I thought I was getting a flat tire, but the crew radioed me
and said that the tires looked fine. I did manage to get the car down to a 1.50.3 during
my stint and moved the car up to 13
place overall by the first pit stop. I handed the
car over to Bill and warned him about the shock issue”.
Bill managed the shock problem and brought the car to the finish in 16
overall and 1
in class. Not bad for his first time in the car and the shock problem we were having.
The next race is scheduled for May 31
back at Road Atlanta for round 4 of the Pro-IT
, 2008 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
At round 2 of the Sports Car Club of America Pro-IT Championship event, WRPMotorsports driver Willie
Phee suffered a double DNF, due to mechanical problems.
What started out as a very promising double
qualifying session on Saturday, turned into a
nightmare for the Pro-IT races Saturday and
Sunday afternoon. “I had two great
qualifying sessions Saturday morning said
Phee. The car was set up perfectly for the
track conditions and I managed a 1:45:4 in
the morning session for Saturday’s race and a
1:45:9 after lunch for Sunday’s race. It’s
actually the fastest I’ve ever been around
Road Atlanta in the ITA car”.
The times would put Phee 4
on the grid
overall for the Saturday race and 3
for Sunday, with a 4 second lap time gap to
the second place ITA car. “It was going to be
one of those weekends when the race should have been a fairly easy win. I felt comfortable in the car and
knew all I needed to do was stay out of trouble and just maintain a good pace said Phee”. Unfortunately,
after getting off to a good start the axle popped out of the transmission on the 6
lap and forced an early
retirement for the WRPMotorsports Integra.
We put a new transmission in the car for race two, hoping that the bad luck was behind us, however the
new transmission developed an oil leak and let go on lap 12 of the 20 lap race. “It was really disappointing
based on how good the car was in qualifying. This should have been a double win this weekend said
But we’ll get the car fixed for the next race and try to stay in the championship hunt.
, 2008 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
At round 2 of the National Auto Sport Associations Southeast Region Championship, WRPMotorsports
drivers captured a 1
in class in the enduro and a 1
in the sprint races.
Tom Fowler, Willie Phee and Ryan
Downton teamed up for their second
enduro this season. Qualifying was
based on a drawing and Tom would start
the car in 7
position in rainy conditions
that lasted for most of the race. At the
start, Tom put the power down and
moved into 4
by the end of the first lap.
Tom continued to run in the top 6 until
his first stop. Willie got in the car at lap
14 and was back out in 19
after the pit
stop, and moved up to 16
by the time
he pitted on lap 33. Ryan finished out
the race on a drying track and moved up
overall and first in class while
turning the fastest race lap of 1:54:6 in
the process. The team finished 21 laps
ahead of the second place car.
The Saturday sprint race was a mixed bag of conditions as the practice session was wet, qualifying was
damp and the race was eventually run in the wet after being delayed for two hours due to hail and
tornado warnings. Willie qualified 2
in class and 7
overall. After the delay, the race started in rainy
conditions. “I managed to get a good start and passed the H4 leader in turn 3 on the first lap. It was
tough to see with all of the rain, but I managed to sneak up the inside in turn three and put a bit of a gap
on the second place car,” said Phee. “My lap times improved as the race went on with my best time on
the final lap” Phee crossed the finish line 7.7 seconds ahead of the second place car.
What a difference a day makes as Sunday was bright, clear and in the 70’s. Phee qualified 2
overall with a 1:48:6. Sunday’s race would be a standing start with several other classes mixed
in. “I got a good jump at the start, but gut hit in turn 1 twice by the same car. At that point the H4
leader got away and there was no way I could make up the time,” said Phee. “It’s a little disappointing
considering the win yesterday, but 2
place is the best I could do today,” said Phee. “The
WRPMotorsports Integra ran great all weekend and the OPM crew did a great job maintaining the car, so
to finish the weekend with two podiums was great.”