Portland, Ore. July 25, 2004 -- With the temperature at Portland International significantly cooler than the last few days, Tommy Archer captured his first SPEED GT win of 2004 and his third career win. Archer's last win came in 1991 when he drove...
Portland, Ore. July 25, 2004 -- With the temperature at Portland International significantly cooler than the last few days, Tommy Archer captured his first SPEED GT win of 2004 and his third career win. Archer's last win came in 1991 when he drove an Eagle Talon to victory in Saltillo, Mexico. Archer finished the race 1.072 seconds ahead of Randy Pobst in the #1 Audi Certified Pre-Owned/Champion Audi RS 6. Phil McClure, #72 Corvette finished third.
The first incident of the race was attributed to Lou Gigliotti who received a stop and go penalty for jumping the start. This is the second jump-start for Gigliotti this season. The field bypassed the chicane (turns 1, 2, &3) section of the track on the start lap. On the second lap, as the cars came to the chicane for the first time, #34 [Gaples] and #99 [Oates] made contact bringing out the first yellow flag.
Racing returned to green on lap 7 with Archer out front. On lap 8, car #5 [Stu Hayner] had contact from #28 [Gigliotti] causing Hayner to go off and on. The yellow would come out again as #16 [Angelelli] got into the back of the #1 car [Pobst] then brushed the wall. The car was out of the race.
On lap 14 #22 [Woodhouse] spun of course causing the #00 [Bacera] to spin in order to avoid him. On lap 17,with Archer still in the lead, #97 gets into the back of #2 [Galati]. Galati locked up all four wheels making contact with the #8 [Pilgrim] in the passenger side door. This set the stage for one of the more remarkable drives of the race.
Andy Pilgrim put on a clinic similar to his drive earlier this year at Sebring. In less than 15 laps, Pilgrim drove through the field to finish fourth and win the Remus Power Move of the Race award.
The Sunoco Hard Charger Award went to Michael Galati. Galati, driving a back up car, started 21st on the grid and finished 9th.