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Cleveland: 3R Racing qualifying notes

3R Racing Qualifies Eighth, Eleventh and Fourteenth at Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio - 3R Racing qualified early this morning for round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront...

3R Racing Qualifies Eighth, Eleventh and Fourteenth at Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio - 3R Racing qualified early this morning for round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport this afternoon. Series point's leader, Tommy Archer, qualified eighth with teammates Tim Wiens in eleventh and Phil McCLure in fourteenth.

Taking advantage of comparatively cool temperatures of 85 degrees and 75% humidity 3R Racing will starts its three Dodge Viper Competition Coupes in the top fourteen for the 50-minute, 32-lap race.

Leading the GT series points by a slim eight point margin, Tommy Archer, will start from the fourth row in his number 1/c3controls/3R Viper after posting a time of 1:18.653 and speed of 96 mph. "I am satisfied with the handling of the car. My fast lap was about all we had this morning. The start here is going to be key; I will be looking to improve my position while being cautious not to become a Cleveland turn one casualty. It is tough getting off of the turns and making a run on someone down these long straights having the heaviest car combined with a 45% air restrictor. I can equal their speed at the braking zone but can't get along side to make things competitive at the front."

Team owner and driver of the number 3/FirsTier Bank/3R Viper will take the standing start from the sixth row with his qualifying time of 1:19.259. "I am happy with my starting position. We made a few adjustments to the car last night and that helped me to improve from practice. I feel real comfortable with the track and the car, so I am looking forward to a much better weekend than I had at Mid-Ohio."

Phil McClure driving the number 2/FirsTier Bank/3R Viper could not improve on his fastest practice time of the weekend, running a 1:19.614 today. The Floris, Iowa resident suffered electrical problems on Friday which limited his laps. The 3R crew was able to find the issue and put McClure back at full speed on Saturday. "This is the first time that we have ever gone slower on new tires in qualifying. We didn't have much track time on Friday so we were a little behind on our setup and we tried a few things for qualifying that weren't quite right. We will put it back to where it was yesterday and try to make a race of it this afternoon."

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Drivers Tommy Archer , Phil McClure