May 23, 2010 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Another Win for WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee at the
Road Atlanta Pro-IT Championship Race
WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee finished on the top step of the podium at round 4
of the SCCA Pro-IT championship at Road Atlanta Raceway in Braselton, Georgia.
Qualifying for Sunday’s
race would be early Sunday
morning and with only one
session it was important to
try and get a clear lap.
Phee would qualify 2
class and 11
5/10’s of a second behind
place ITA car.
“Since there wasn’t any
practice and I hadn’t been
in the car since March it
took me a few laps to get
up to speed” said Phee.
The race would start at
3:30 in the afternoon so
track conditions would be less than ideal. “The start went smoothly and I settled in
a couple of cars behind the ITA leader” said Phee. “I had a strategy in mind before
the race and felt that I could catch up to the leader whenever I needed to.” “I knew
the race would be 27 laps so I wanted to be patient and make my move after the
traffic sorted itself out”.
Phee would make his move on lap 10. “I was slowly closing in and had a good run
down the back straight and made the pass going into turn 10, unfortunately I
caught a slower car in turn 12 just before the finish line and he got back by me in
turn 1” said Phee. “I managed to stay close through the esses and got another
good drive out of turn 7 and made the pass again going into turn 10. I made it stick
this time and opened up a 9 second gap by the end of the race”
So consistent was Phee during the race that 20 of the 27 laps would be within 7/10’s
of a second of each other. “I think the only time I was off of my pace when I caught
traffic. You know it’s great when a plan works out the way you want. I knew I
would be able to just run a pace that would be slightly quicker than my main
competitor and to be able to make it happen was just great” said Phee.
“I have to thank the crew at OPM Autosports for giving me a great car and keeping
me motivated on the radio during the race” said Phee.
With 4rounds of the Pro-IT championship completed Phee continues to lead the
points chase. The next race is scheduled for July 17/18 back at Road Atlanta for
round 5 of the SCCA Pro-IT Championship race.
March 20-21, 2010 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
Another Win for WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee at the Road
Atlanta Pro-IT Championship Race
WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee captured 1
in rounds 2 and 3 of the SCCA Pro-IT
championship at Road Atlanta Raceway in Braselton, Georgia.
For the 2010 season the race format for the Pro-IT championship changed from a 20 lap race to a
45 minute. That meant that the
race would go an additional 7 laps
under the new format.
Saturday’s race was held in bright
sunshine and near perfect
temperatures. With two qualifying
sessions on Saturday the chance
for a good time would be in the
morning session. “Since our group
was the first session on Saturday I
knew I had to get a good lap in
early” said Phee. “I had a clear
track and managed to put in the
fastest time and start 1
“At the start Craig Foster starting 7
in his Spec Miata had a wardrobe malfunction and started
backing up through the field, this caused the cars to bunch up before turn one. “It got a little
tight at the start through turn four but I was able to make it through with no contact” said Phee.
“I settled into a pace because I knew the race would be seven laps longer than normal, plus I
had my spotter radioing me the gaps to second place throughout the race” With traffic and some
other cars spinning in front of me the gap would come down to two seconds, but I could extend
my lead whenever I needed to”. At the end of the 27 lap race Phee would cross the finish line
first in class and 6 seconds ahead of 2
What a difference a day makes. Sunday would be rainy and cold with one qualifying session and
a race late in the day. Qualifying on Sunday morning was about keeping the car on the track and
not worrying about setting a super fast time, smooth and consistent would be the order of the
day. Phee would qualify 1
in class (again) and 8
overall for the Sunday race.
The race would start on a wet track that was slowly drying until the midway point when it started
to rain again. “I got a little caught out when the rain came down, even though I was on full wet
tires” said Phee. “Going into turn one the brakes locked up, I got off the brakes and tried to keep
the car out of the gravel but I was carrying too much speed and ended up in the gravel. Now it
was about keeping the car off the wall, I managed to keep my momentum and get to the back
edge of the gravel trap and get the car back on the track”.
“I only lost about 30 seconds but dropped back to 2
in class. The rain continued to fall and the
track was starting to get some large puddles in some critical areas, but I was determined to get
back to the front. I closed the gap each lap and got it down to two seconds at the finish but ran
out of laps and had to settle for 2
in class and 6
“The off in turn one was totally my fault” said Phee. “When it started raining I should have
backed off a bit and cruised, luckily I got through the gravel and closed on the leader but came
up about 2 laps short. With all of the crashing that went on today I’m happy to finish 2
bring the car back with no damage.
With 3 rounds of the Pro-IT championship completed Phee is leading the points chase. 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 22/23 back at Road Atlanta for
round 4 of the SCCA Pro-IT Championship race.