Real Time Racing takes the front row, qualifying 1-2 for World Challenge Touring Car race 6 at Portland. With yesterday's practice sessions conducted in 103 degree (Fahrenheit), this morning's 77 degrees was ideal for World Challenge Touring Car...
Real Time Racing takes the front row, qualifying 1-2 for World Challenge Touring Car race 6 at Portland.
With yesterday's practice sessions conducted in 103 degree (Fahrenheit), this morning's 77 degrees was ideal for World Challenge Touring Car qualifying here at the Portland International Raceway. It was especially ideal for Matt Plumb in the #43 RealTime/SANZ/Sun MicroSystems/Acura TSX. Matt took the Air Force Reserve pole position with a new track record of 1:23.961 at 83.353mph. Plumb's Real Time Racing teammate, Pierre Kleinubing qualified second and will start on the outside of Plumb.
Jeff Altenburg, running the new #71 Tri-Point Mazda 6, took third position. This is only the third time the car has competed in World Challenge. He was followed by Bob Stretch in the No. 98 Wheels America BMW 325Ci in fourth position and Turner Motorsports rookie, Dino Crescentini, starting 5th in the No. 3 Turner Motorsports/H&R Springs/Centric Parts BMW 325i.
The World Challenge Series Touring Car race #6 will begin at 4:15 p.m. (PDT) this afternoon and will initially air at 12 p.m., (EDT) Sunday, Aug. 1 on SPEED Channel.
Archer puts Viper on the Pole for Portland SPEED World Challenge GT race.
Tommy Archer, in the #22 c3controls/Whelen Engineering Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, gave the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe its first ever pole for Sunday's Round Five race at Portland International Raceway. Archer took his second SCCA Pro SPEED World Challenge career pole by circuiting the Portland track in 1:17.978 at 89.748 mph. It was his first SPEED World Challenge GT Pole since becoming a series regular.
Max Angelelli, driving the No. 16 Team Cadillac/Mobil 1/Motorola/Bose Cadillac CTS-V, qualified second turning in a 1:17.988 (89.736 mph).
Both drivers will have rearview mirrors filled with the Audi Certified Pre-Owned Audi RS 6s of teammates Randy Probst and Michael Galati occupying the second row.
Rounding out the top-five was Phil McClure's Aggregate Industries/3R-Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZO6, with a 1:18.311 (89.366 mph).
Most drivers agree that the event will come down to taking care of their equipment. With the extremely high temperatures, tires and overheating are a big concern for everyone.
The SPEED World Challenge GT Round Five race, scheduled for 32 laps (62.208 miles), or 50 minutes, will start at 10:55 a.m. (PDT). The race initially airs August 1 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), 10:00 a.m. (PDT).