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Laguna Seca: Dodge Motorsports GT race report

ARCHER, MCCANN LEAD STRONG RUN AT MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP; GIVE DODGE RUNNER-UP HONORS IN SEASON FINALE AT LAGUNA SECA MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2006) -- Tommy Archer once again led the charge for Dodge Motorsports and the Manufacturers' ...

ARCHER, MCCANN LEAD STRONG RUN AT MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP; GIVE DODGE RUNNER-UP HONORS IN SEASON FINALE AT LAGUNA SECA

MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2006) -- Tommy Archer once again led the charge for Dodge Motorsports and the Manufacturers' championship, finishing sixth after starting in the fifth position in the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT series season finale at Laguna Seca Raceway. But it was not quite enough to hang on to the Manufacturer's point lead and take home the big prize for Dodge Motorsports.

Archer, who ran as high as fourth during the race, says his car just wasn't enough to make it to the podium and although Dodge didn't take home the championship, it was something to be proud to be battling for the title.

"We started off okay. I had a couple of great restarts and got up to fourth at one point. But we just never got the handling of the car right. There just wasn't enough in our car to do it today," Archer said after the race. "But the Viper world has to be excited for the fact that we had a shot at it. Two months ago nobody even mentioned it and all the sudden with one race to go we're in the lead and everybody's talking about it, hoping for it to happen. It's disappointing but on the other hand we had three great weekends and we had a shot at it. That's something to be proud of."

Rob Foster out of the McCann racing stable was the second highest finishing Dodge Viper in the field in his No. 17 LTI Contracting/Race Craft/Dodge Viper. He and his teammates Mike McCann and Jim McCann Jr. had a good weekend, all finishing in the top-15.

McCann had an excellent run going after posting a seventh place starting position in his No. 82 McCann Plastics/K&N Filters/Dodge Viper and starting as the highest Dodge Viper in the field. He was looking as though he might be the man to help Dodge Motorsports onto the manufacturer's championship title after having worked his way up to the fifth position. On lap seven, he was assessed a stop-and-go penalty for contact made on the first lap with Max Angelelli. It turned a run at the podium into a 15th place finish.

Teammate Jim McCann Jr. had a good run, as the third highest-finishing Dodge Viper, bringing his No. No. 16 McCann Plastics/K&N Filters/Dodge Viper in the 14th position.

Bob Woodhouse was moving quickly through the field and making bold moves, one of them being on the inside of the Cadillac of Johnny O'Connell to get into the top-10. A flat tire from the incident with the Cadillac would end his day early, and keep him from posting a season with only one finish outside of the top-10.

Brett Pearson 15th in the No. 77 Ventex Corp/Pearson Motorsports/Dodge Viper finished in the 15th position, Al Becera in the 23rd positions in the No. 00 ViapiarPerform./Henry'sHiLife/Dodge Viper and Ritch Marziale 32nd in the No. 56 All-Cut Concrete Cutting/Dodge Viper Comp Coupe.

Dodge finished the season second in the manufacturer's standings, three points behind Porsche. Porsche ended the season as champions with 59 points, Dodge right behind with 56 points.

Dodge also finished the season with four drivers in the top-10 in championship driver points, with Archer the lead Viper finishing fifth in the standings, McCann sixth, Woodhouse seventh, and Foster Ninth.

Speed Channel will broadcast the finale on Saturday Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. eastern standard time.

Dodge teams, drivers, and engineers attended the series Award Banquet Sunday evening at the Marriott Hotel in Monterey, Calif. Woodhouse Racing was the recipient of the GT series Crew of the Year award.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Drivers Johnny O'Connell , Tommy Archer , Max Angelelli , Bob Woodhouse , Jim McCann , Brett Pearson , Ritch Marziale