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Portland: 3R Racing preview

3R Racing Heads to Portland Englewood, Colorado -- 3R Racing continues the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series West Coast swing by traveling to Portland for round eight to be run at Portland International Raceway on July 31st. When...

3R Racing Heads to Portland

Englewood, Colorado -- 3R Racing continues the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series West Coast swing by traveling to Portland for round eight to be run at Portland International Raceway on July 31st.

When the checkered flag flew at Infineon two weeks ago the meetings began. On lap six when Tommy Archer passed Max Papis, rendering the Cadillac stricken with bent rear suspension pieces, this incident drew the ire of the SCCA Pro Racing Officials. They determined that it was avoidable contact and Archer was fined $3000, docked five championship points and put on probation for two races.

Tommy Archer, driving the number 1/c3controls/3R Viper, continues to hold down second place in the GT series driver's points standings, just nine behind the series leader. If Archer had not been penalized 10-points so far this season, the battle for championship honors would have Archer leading by one point. "We are appealing the ruling from Infineon," said Archer.

The Duluth, Minnesota resident is heading to one of his most successful tracks. In his last two races at Portland, in 2004 in World Challenge Archer won from the pole. In 2003 in Trans Am he also won, even though he had to pit out of sequence with a flat tire on lap two. "I am excited to got to Portland. Even though it is not necessarily my favorite track, it just happens to be one that I do well at. It is not a very technical layout, but I have always done well there, maybe because it is on the water and I like to fish. We are carrying 135 lbs. in reward weight, the same is last year, I just wish I had the horsepower down the straight that we had last year as well."

Tim Wiens, team owner and driver of the number 3/FirstTier Bank/3R Viper, finished in fifth place last year in Portland. "The whole team ran really well at Portland last year, all three of us finished in the top five. I am ready for a good weekend. I have had a few issues the last couple of races and I would like to get some momentum going that will carry into our home event in Denver in a few weeks. I like Portland, there is no real magic to get around there, we just need our car to handle and run strong all weekend and take advantage of every opportunity in the race."

Round eight at Portland International Raceway run on Sunday, July 31st and televised on the Speed Channel, August 7th at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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Drivers Max Papis , Tommy Archer , Tim Wiens