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Denver: 3R Racing qualifying notes

3R Racing Qualifies Ninth, Twelfth and Fourteenth in Denver Denver, Colorado -- On a cool overcast afternoon in the mile high city, 3R Racing teammates Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and local driver Tim Wiens qualified ninth, 12th and 14th, ...

3R Racing Qualifies Ninth, Twelfth and Fourteenth in Denver

Denver, Colorado -- On a cool overcast afternoon in the mile high city, 3R Racing teammates Tommy Archer, Phil McClure and local driver Tim Wiens qualified ninth, 12th and 14th, respectively, for tomorrow's running of the SPEED World Challenge GT race, part of the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver.

Piloting the number 1/c3controls/3R Racing Viper, Archer set his fastest lap of 1:16.655 with an average speed of 78 mph early in the qualifying session. After running as high as fifth on the time sheets in practice, the Duluth, Minnesota resident was disappointed with his ninth place qualifying effort.

"I was able to drop another second from my best practice time and still ended up ninth," said Archer. "I drove the car as hard as you dare in this concrete canyon. Will Moody has the car handling; I just get eaten up and down the straight. The fifth row will be a tough starting position as the cars in front of me have a lot of straight line speed, so it will be difficult to pass them."

Archer, who has two wins, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season, trails SPEED GT Championship point leader Andy Pilgrim by just two points with 177. Archer hopes to win his third SPEED GT race and take over the Championship point lead with a win in front of 3R Racing's hometown fans.

McClure, driver of the number/2 FirsTier Bank/3R Racing Viper, set his fastest lap of 1:16.927 on his eighth time around the 1.657-mile temporary circuit and will start 12th on the grid.

"We were waiting for the rear tires to get up to temperature," McClure said of his fast qualifying lap late in the session. "The car was getting a little better every time we stayed out. We got a good break there at the end with five minutes left [in the session]. Bobby told me there was a good gap behind Tim [Wiens], so we turned a couple more laps. I am glad we did that. How much better the car would have gotten, I don't know. The car has been that way all weekend. It seems like the longer we run, the stronger the car seems to be getting. And, that is encouraging for the race. It's going to be a long race."

Westminster, Colorado resident Wiens, driving the number 3/FirsTier Bank/3R Racing Viper, qualified with a time of 1:17.699 good for a sixth row starting position. "We have had an issue with the ABS brakes in the car. It cropped up yesterday in practice and then went away. It came back today in qualifying. When I was going down the long straight and into the left hander, the brakes locked up and ruined my lap. I think the brake issue is a lingering problem as a result of the extensive rebuild from Infineon. I had hoped to qualify better in my home race, but I will be ready for the race and be looking to finish strong in the top ten."

Round nine of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT series will be run through the streets of Denver on August 14th and televised on the Speed Channel, Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Tomorrow, August 14th, SPEED Channel's Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain will be at the 3R Racing shop to discuss the Viper, the SPEED GT championship and take caller questions via satellite with Archer following the Denver Grand Prix on Sunday evening.

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Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Tommy Archer , Phil McClure