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Mid-Ohio: Dodge Motorsports race report

Dodge Viper Competition Coupes and SRT4s Take on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Four Dodge Vipers Finish in the Top 10 LEXINGTON, Ohio, (May 23, 2006) -- While the rain kept the cars off the track and limited practice time, the Dodge Viper ...

Dodge Viper Competition Coupes and SRT4s Take on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Four Dodge Vipers Finish in the Top 10

LEXINGTON, Ohio, (May 23, 2006) -- While the rain kept the cars off the track and limited practice time, the Dodge Viper Competition Coupes and SRT4s had a competitive weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The fleet of seven Dodge Vipers in the SWC GT class race made great strides on the competitive course. The 2.258-mile, 13-turn layout proved challenging with a new racing surface and limited grip due due to the rain. Even though the Dodge Vipers outweigh the competitor's cars, both Tommy Archer of Duluth, Minn., driving the No. 5 C3/Autohaus Dodge Viper and Ohio-native Michael McCann of North Canton, Ohio, in the No. 82 McCann Plastics Dodge Viper, had strong cars in the race.

Archer, who started 13 th , capitalized on a late-race incident to pick up four spots and finish the race in the fourth position. It was his best finish of the year and he led the Dodge effort on Saturday. Rob Foster climbed from his 17 th place starting spot to finish seventh, followed by Ritch Marziale in eighth and Bob Woodhouse in 10 th . Woodhouse also won the Sunoco Hard Charger award for his finish.

Rounding out the Dodge Viper lineup were Jim McCann in 11 th , Lenny Diller in 14 th , Skip Sauls in 20 th , Mike McCann in 23 rd and Adel Elsayed in 26 th .

Mike McCann, who had the strongest Dodge Viper, was in the fourth spot late in the race and was passing a lapped car when that car connected with his Viper, sending him to the gravel. The damage ended his day and moved him in the points from first to fourth.

"It's a shame our day ended early because I had just run the fastest lap of the day on the lap I got wrecked," said McCann. "This isn't the best Viper track but we were making the best of it. I had a lot of family and friends here for the race so it's disappointing not to give them a good finish. But the races coming up are all at good Viper tracks, so we're optimistic we'll have some good runs and get the points lead back."

Dodge remains at second in the manufacturers' championship, just four points out of first.

In the SPEED Touring Car class, the Dodge SRT4s led by Brian Smith, Hal Brown and Dan Aweida faced tough challenges from the competition. Brown started 31 st and finished 19 th , Smith started 13 th and finished 25 th and Aweida started 28 th and finished 34 th .

-dodge motorsports

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Series PWC
Drivers Tommy Archer , Brian Smith , Michael McCann , Bob Woodhouse , Jim McCann , Dan Aweida , Skip Sauls , Ritch Marziale