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Long Beach: Dodge Motorsports preview

Dodge Motorsports Ready for Fun in the Sun at Long Beach LONG BEACH, Cal. (April 7, 2006) -- As the highly-competitive SCCA SPEED World Challenge enters week three of competition, Dodge Motorsports will be looking for the lead in the GT class...

Dodge Motorsports Ready for Fun in the Sun at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Cal. (April 7, 2006) -- As the highly-competitive SCCA SPEED World Challenge enters week three of competition, Dodge Motorsports will be looking for the lead in the GT class event held as part of the 32nd annual Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dodge Motorsports will be well-represented by a fleet of seven Dodge Viper Competition Coupes in the SWC GT class race. Tommy Archer of Duluth, Minn., driving the No. 5 Autohaus Motorsports Dodge Viper, will be looking to return to last season's winning ways while Michael McCann of North Canton, Ohio, in the No. 82 McCann Racing Dodge Viper looks to collect another victory.

The Dodge Vipers started the season strong with a win, four top-10 finishes and seven cars in the top 15 at Sebring International Raceway. St. Petersburg didn't prove as successful, although Dodge still placed three Vipers in the top 10 and four in the top 15. Bob Woodhouse of Blair, Neb., hot off his career-best third-place performance at Sebring, led the Dodges with a fifth-place finish.

This weekend, the Dodge Vipers will hit the 11-turn, 1.968-mile street course for practice on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time, followed by second practice on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Qualifying will take place on Sunday at 8 a.m. and the race will take the green at 4 p.m. The race will air on SPEED on Sunday, April 16, at 2 p.m. ET.

"We started the season off with a bang -- collecting two podium finishes at Sebring," said John Fernandez, director of Dodge Motorsports Operations. "We followed that with a bigger bang at St. Petersburg, but unfortunately that was from cars in accidents. We are looking forward to rebounding this weekend and getting Tommy Archer on track for the remainder of the season."

The Viper Competition Coupe, powered by an 8.3-litre V10 engine, is a proven performer in the SPEED World Challenge competition. Archer took the GT title in 2004 and came within just six points of repeating the feat in 2005.

Joining Archer, Woodhouse and McCann in Sunday's race in Dodge Viper Competition Coupes will be John Dearing of Indianapolis; Ritch Marziale of Tempe, Ariz.; and rookies Rob Foster of Phoenix and Skip Sauls of Longwood, Col.

In addition to its technical support for race teams, Dodge Motorsports is offering nearly $0.75 million in its SCCA contingency program in 2006. Prize money from the fund is awarded to Dodge drivers who finish in the top 10 positions in SWC races, and Dodge further rewards teams that earn points toward a Dodge Manufacturer's Championship. The Dodge Street and Racing Technology (SRT) vehicle line carries the status of "Official Cars and Trucks" of the SCCA.

-dodge motorsports

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Drivers Tommy Archer , John Fernandez , Michael McCann , Bob Woodhouse , John Dearing , Skip Sauls , Ritch Marziale