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Novenber 3-4, 2023 – Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton Georgia
For the fourth year in a row WRPMotorsports Driver Willie Phee Wins the American Road Race of Champions at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. The 2024 SARRC Championship series would begin at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with the first two rounds of the series. Willie Phee finish 1 st overall in both the Friday and Saturday Championship race. Qualifying would be on a very cold Friday morning and Phee made the decision to go out and gradually work up to speed due to the near freezing temperatures. Phee would trade places with eventual overall pole sitter Zach Ehrlich in his Mazda Miata over the course of qualifying but would end up second overall at the end of qualifying. “When I first went out it was so cold I knew it would take until the final laps to get a good time in” said Phee. Phee would end up second by just .136 seconds and would start outside row one. In the Friday afternoon race Phee would grab the lead in turn one but the race would be black flagged on the first lap due to a car blowing up and putting oil down from turn 11 all the way to turn one. “I didn’t know why we had the black flag but I did feel the car get sideways in turn 12 on the first flying lap so I knew there was some sort of problem” said Phee. After a long cleanup the session was re-gridded and Phee would start 2 nd in the single file restart. Due to the schedule, we would just have three laps for our Friday race. At the start Phee would immediately move into the lead in turn one and hold on the three frantic laps to finish first overall. “That was a really crazy race with the restart and only three laps but I knew if I could get to the front I could hold on for the win” said Phee. In the Saturday championship race temperatures would be warmer but still cooler than normal. Phee would again start outside row one and would move into the lead in turn one and never be headed for the entire race. Phee would slowly create a gap to the second-place car each and every lap that would grow to a 9.4 second lead at the finish. Phee would lead every lap and run the fastest race lap to win his fourth in a row championship. “I don’t want to say this was an easy race but I just wanted to put in consistent laps and build up a gap. It was still challenging due to the cold weather, it was difficult to get enough temperature in the tries at the beginning of the race but as the race progressed the track and the tires got warmer and made for an uneventful race” said Phee. My 2023 season didn’t start off very well with transmission problems early in the year. The team struggled to find a solution to the problem and we really only get the car right in the second race at Barber Motorsports Park last August. Which meant I only had one race this year prior to the ARRC Championship race. I have to give all credit to the OPM crew for the work they did to get the car ready and give me the opportunity to run for a fourth ARRC championship. I’m hoping for a better 2024 season and this win is a great way to start it ‘said Phee The nest race is scheduled for May 4-5,2024 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by GLoc Brakes, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM Autosports. Photos courtesy of Clark McInnis https://cmcinnis.wordpress.com/
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