WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee claims two first place finishes and a new track record at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.August 29-30, 2020 – Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, Alabama.Round three of the SARRC Championship series was held at Barber Motorsports Park and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee finishing first in both races over the weekend. Qualifying for each race would be held in the morning with the best times from Saturday setting the grid for race one and the best time from qualifying session setting the grid for race two on Sunday. Phee would start race one on Saturday from the second position in class and 14thoverall in the mixed class session. This was the first race in 2020 since the Corona Virus pandemic shut down all racing activities in March. Phee would run the car for the first time in the morning qualifying session and would end up second in class and fourteenth overall on the grid. “Qualifying was uneventful and I had a fairly open track even though we were qualifying with the Spec Racers and their lap times were about seven seconds faster that the ITS times” said Phee. The full race one video from the second place car can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEoP7ztbJxs&feature=youtu.bePhee would get a jump from his second starting position and move into the lead going into turn one. A lead he would hold onto after a race long battle with Ron Munnerlyn in an ITS Miata.“I had a great start and got by a slow starting Spec Racer and moved into the lead in class by turn one. I knew the Spec Racers were faster and would eventually get by so I waived one by on the front straight at the end of the first lap and the a second one by on the next lap. From that point on it was a battle between me and Ron. He made several attempts during the race but I managed to keep him behind me for the win” said Phee. Qualifying for race two was set for Sunday morning and Phee would put his TSX in first place in class and thirteenth overall with a qualifying time that was just three-tenths off the track record. “I was a little surprised that the track was quicker on Sunday but the car felt great and I managed to have an open track for most of the session” said Phee. Phee would have another race long battle with Ron Munnerlyn in his ITA Miata. Phee would hold onto first for the first two laps but Ron would get by going into the horseshoe in turn five but Phee would power by on the inside and retake the lead. This swapping back and forth would go on for the next four laps when Ron would grab the lead for laps five and six. Phee would make his final pass for the lead on lap seven down the front straight and into turn one. He would hold onto the lead for the rest of the 15-lap race.Full race video from race two can be seen here: https://youtu.be/F2_6saoltio “It was a great race with Ron, it was back and forth for the first few laps then I managed to start running consistent 1.44’s and pulled out a gap” said Phee. Phee would end up setting a new track record of a 1.44.180 which was nearly a second faster than the previous track record. “I had no idea I had set the track record until the crew came over and told me. I have to thank Sam Nelson of Nelson Engines for the prep work on the engine and of course the OPM crew for all of their assistance and support during the week end” said Phee.The next race is scheduled for October 10-11, 2020 at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia.The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM AutosportsPhotos courtesy of Motorsports Photography by Clark McInnis http://cmcinnis.wordpress.com/
October 10-11, 2020 – Virginia international raceway Alton, Virginia.Round one of the 2021 SARRC Championship series was held at Virginia International Raceway and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee would finish 9th in race one and a close 2nd in race two. Qualifying for each race would be held on a rain-soaked track with Phee qualifying second in class and third overall. “This was the first time I raced in the rain on the new Hoosier rain tires and I was surprised by the amount of grip they had” said Phee.“I was just kind of getting a feel for the track and ended up with a decent qualifying time”.Unfortunately, Phee would have starting problems on the grid and would have to start last in the field of 32 cars. “Something happened to the battery on the grid, it just went flat and the crew had to push start the car after the entire field was released”. “I knew it was going to be a challenge starting at the back in a wet race but I managed to make up a few spots on the start but it was so difficult to see with all of the spray from the cars in front of me plus the windscreen was fogging up”.With only a few laps of racing due to a couple of full course cautions Phee would eventually move up to 21st overall and 9th in class by the end of the race.Day two would see more rain however Phee would start in his third-place position on the grid. Phee would get a jump on the start and move into first place in turn one and hold onto the lead for four laps. Ron Earp in a Mustang would get by at the end of the back straight going into turn 13. He would pull a small gap over the course of the next few laps but Phee would slowly reel him in and at the finish Phee would end up second by 0.02 seconds.“It was a great race with Ron and I nearly had him at the finish but I just didn’t get a good enough drive out of the last corner” said Phee. “I have to thank Ryan, Tracy and all of the OPM crew for all of their had work and support over the course of the weekend”. “I also have to thank Sam Nelson of Nelson Engines for providing me with a great engine package”.The next race is scheduled for November 7-8, 2020 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM Autosports. Photos courtesy of RP Performance Racing https://www.facebook.com/rpperformanceracing1/
WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee is the 2020 American Road Race of Champions Winner at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.
Round’s two and three of the 2021 SARRC Championship series was held at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and WRPMotorsports driver Willie Phee would finish second in race one and win the Championship Race the following day. Qualifying for the Friday SAARC race was Friday morning and Phee would qualify second in class and second overall. “It was tough to get a clear lap with a 24-car field but I managed to get a couple of good laps in and ended up second on the grid” said Phee. “After all of the issues on the Thursday test day, a blown brake hose in session two and a blown transmission in session four, I wasn’t sure how good the car would be but as usual the OPM crew did an outstanding job getting the car prepped for the races”.In the Friday afternoon race Phee would lead going into turn one but would give up the lead in turn three. Phee would hold onto second for the 12-lap race but would have nothing for Matt Reppert in his BMW. “Matt just drove away form all of us and had very strong and consistent lap times throughout the race” said Phee. The ARRC Championship race was set for Saturday morning and Phee was scheduled to start second on the grid but Matt Reppert had a problem with his BMW and would not make the grid. That would promote Phee to pole position for the Championship race. Phee would start the race from pole position and never give up the lead in the 20-lap race. But he would have his hands full with a challenge from David Spillman in his Nissan 240Z. Spillman would hound Phee for the entire 20 lap race. They were never more than six car lengths apart for the entire race. There were several laps when Spillman would get a run down the front straight but Phee would hold him off. At the finish Phee would cross the finish line with a 0.321 gap over Spillman. “I really had to work for that one, David was right there the entire race and I knew if he got by it would be difficult for me to get back around him. Our cars were fairly evenly matched, he seemed to have a little more corner speed but I had better brakes and more top end”.“I really felt bad for Matt Reppert, if he didn’t have car problems, I think he would have dominated the race” said Phee. “I always wanted to add this race to my resume and after the problems on test day I didn’t think this was going to be the weekend but thanks to the hard work of Ryan, Mike and all of the OPM crew they 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 March 19-21, 2021 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.The WRPMotorsports team is sponsored by Optima Batteries, Sparco USA, Total Lubricants, MCS Suspension and OPM Autosports. Photos courtesy of pbowe Photography and Clark McInnis Photographyhttp://motorsports.clarkmcinnisphotography.com/motorsports/SCCA/index.html
November 7-8, 2020 - Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia