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DODGE VIPERS, SRT4S HEAD TO MOSPORT AFTER STRONG RUN AT ROAD AMERICA BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (August 31, 2006) -- Dodge Motorsports' SCCA drivers race into Canada this weekend for round eight of the SPEED World Challenge competition after a great...

DODGE VIPERS, SRT4S HEAD TO MOSPORT AFTER STRONG RUN AT ROAD AMERICA

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (August 31, 2006) -- Dodge Motorsports' SCCA drivers race into Canada this weekend for round eight of the SPEED World Challenge competition after a great weekend at Road America. Dodge, the only manufacturer that competes in both series, got its first podium finish in the Touring Car division and a win from the pole in GT competition there. They pack up and bring that momentum with them to Mosport.

Tommy Archer, who drove his No. 5. C3 Controls/Autohaus Motorsports Dodge Viper to a dominating win at Road America, will headline the entry list for the Speed World Challenge GT series. He looks to continue the momentum he built at Road America and mount as much of a charge toward the championship as possible. And with the chemistry of the team really starting to click, that could be trouble for the competition.

"The crew is really starting to understand what I need in the car now and that little adjustments mean big things," Archer said. "Now that they understand how critical it is to have every little detail right, all the i's dotted and the t's crossed, they can prepare the car just how I need it to be to win races. When that happens, we can really be competitive. We showed that at Road America."

Competing against Archer in the GT series this weekend will be Mike McCann in the No. 82 McCann Plastics/K & N Filters Dodge Viper, who is the highest Dodge driver in the points championship in the fifth position, Bob Woodhouse of the No. 13 Woodhouse Auto Family/ Kicker/ Dodge Viper, coming off a 10th place finish at Road America, and eighth place finisher Ritch Marizale, competing in the No. 56 All-Cut Concrete Cutting Dodge Viper Competition Coupe.

Other Dodge Motorsports drivers competing in the GT series race include Rob Foster of Phoenix, AZ, Lenny Diller of Garden City, NY, Jim McCann Jr. of Canton, OH and rookie Brett Pearson of Orlando, FL.

The Touring Car series will compete at Mosport as well with Dodge SRT4 drivers Robb Holland of Denver, Co., and Brian Smith of Simpsonville, SC, both coming off strong showings in Elkhart Lake. Both were front runners all day at Road America. Smith ran strongly in the third position for the majority of the race, looking to post Dodge's first Touring Car series podium. But mechanical issues late in the race kept him from the top-three finish. Holland ran strongly in the top-five all day, and overtook the third position late in the race. He brought home Dodge's first Touring Car podium with the third place finish.

"I was really excited last weekend to be able to give Dodge their first podium finish [in the touring car series]. I think it's just a sign of things to come for the SRT4," Holland said. "But I am a competitor and true competitors aren't really happy unless they are on the top-step of the podium. Now we know we can run with the front runners, so our expectation every week is to get to that top-spot."

Holland, whose podium finish helped him in the Rookie of the Year standings, is just 23 points out of the Rookie of the Year point lead, and is looking to Mosport to gain on the leader. He says that a top-five finish at Mosport is not an unreasonable goal after the success at Road America, despite the fact that he has not made laps there.

"I still think that a top-five finish is a reasonable expectation if everything goes well and I adapt well to the course, I don't see any reason that we're not back up on the podium again," Holland said. "Obviously, for me I want to be on the top-step of the podium, and I am going into this weekend thinking I can win. I don't go into it thinking 'Well, if were running fifth best in practice, I'll be happy.' No, I am going to be shooting for the top-step [of the podium]."

Holland and the rest of the Dodge SRT4s will hit the high-speed, 10 turn road course in Mosport for practice on Friday at 10:45 a.m. local time, followed by a second practice at 5:30pm. Qualifying will take place on Saturday at 11:25 a.m., and the SRT4s will take the green flag at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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