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July 23-24, 2022 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia
WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee Doubles Up with Two Wins at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton Georgia. Round’s 14 and 15 of the 2022 SARRC Championship series was held at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee would finish first in both races. Qualifying for both races would be Saturday morning and Phee would qualify second in class and third overall. “Qualifying was a bit of a mess as we only got two laps before the session was red flagged and once the incident was cleared, we only had two more laps to get a qualifying time. I was happy to be in the top three with such a short session,” said Phee. In the Saturday afternoon race Phee would move into second overall and first in class going into turn one. Phee would have a race long battle with Bruce Anderson in his Miata with the pair in a class by themselves. Phee’s Acura TSX had the power down the straights but Andersons lighter and nimbler Miata was stronger in the twisty bits. The two would swap positions for nearly the entire race with Anderson getting the edge from turn one to turn seven. Phee would then blast by down the back straight and hold onto the lead to the finish line. At the finish it would be Phee with the win holding off Anderson by .481 of a second. The Sunday race would be a 15-lap affair with Phee starting second in class and third overall. Phee would get a jump at the start and move into second overall by turn one but Anderson in the Miata would get a drive and move into the lead by turn three. Anderson started to check out as Phee dropped back to third but by lap five Phee had reeled in Anderson and took over the lead. Phee would steadily pull away and would finish second overall and first in class with a 6.8 second gap over the second-place car of Anderson. “It was great battling with Bruce this weekend but sure he was hating life every time we exited turn seven. My TSX just had a better exit and I would manage to get by halfway down the back straight and hold onto the lead to the finish line,” said Phee. “To win this race after the horrible weekend in Virginia just goes to show how great the OPM crew are at prepping the car. I have to thank Ryan, Tristan, Andres and all of the OPM crew. Tthey were able to give me a car capable of winning the event. I also have to thank Sam Nelson of Nelson Engines for providing me with a great engine package”. The next race is scheduled for August 6-7, 2022 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by GLoc Brakes, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM Autosports. Photos courtesy of pbowe Photography and Clark McInnis Photography http://motorsports.clarkmcinnisphotography.com/motorsports/SCCA/index.html
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WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee Continues his Podium Streak with a Second and Win at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Round’s 16 and 17 of the 2022 SARRC Championship series was held at Daytona International Speedway and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee would finish on the podium in both races. Qualifying was a relatively short five laps but Phee managed to put the TSX first in class and third overall in spite of gearing issues with the car in NASCAR turn 4 and through the tri-oval. “I was getting on the rev limiter in fifth gear at pit in so I had to feather the throttle all way into turn one” said Phee. Race one was Saturday afternoon and Phee would end up starting outside of row one when the pole sitting ITR BMW failed to make the grid in time. Phee would lead into turn one but ran a little wide and ended up second going into turn two. Phee would move back into first with a pass down the back straight and into the bus stop chicane. Phee would hold onto the lead until lap three when the Mazda RX7 of Keith Goldin would get by in the tri-oval. Goldin would stretch his lead out to about four seconds as we initially got into lapped traffic but Phee was making up time in the infield. On lap six of the 11 lap race Goldin would get held up in turn one and Phee would close the gap to less than a car length. With two laps to go Phee would get a run going into turn three and get alongside the leading RX7 but would mis a gear while going for the lead. Phee would try again in turn six but couldn’t make the pass. On the last lap Phee would get a great runout of the bus stop chicane but would end up just 1.1 seconds short at the finish. “That was a great race but I just made too many mistakes with gear selection and I couldn’t find sixth gear on the last lap and that allowed Keith to pull out his margin at the end,” said Phee. The Sunday race would start mid-morning and Phee would line up first in class and third overall. At the start Phee would briefly move into second but the Mazda RX7 of Keith Golden would make a move around the outside of turn one and Phee would drop back to third. Phee would apply the pressure and get by the RX7 in turn six and lead the first lap. Phee would stay within reach of the first place car and move back into the lead on lap five with an inside move going into the turn five horseshoe. Phee would hold onto the lead for three laps when Goldin would get by when Phee was held up in the bus stop chicane by lapped traffic. Goldin would move back into the lead just past start finish going into turn one. Phee would stay close and keep the pressure on and with two laps to go Phee would make his final move into the lead in the turn three horse shoe and cross the finish line second overall and first in class with a 1.3 second gap over the second place Goldin. The in-car video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/MDxasWqYH2E The next race is scheduled for August 27-28, 2022 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by GLoc Brakes, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM Autosports. Photos courtesy of Dave Green Photos https://flagtoflagphoto.smugmug.com/
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