TOMMY ARCHER GETS THIRD PODIUM IN A ROW, FIFTH OF SEASON FOR DODGE MOTORSPORTS WITH A SECOND PLACE FINISH BRASELTON, Ga. (September 29, 2006) -- Tommy Archer posted a second place finish after an eyebrow-raising pass on the final straightaway of...
TOMMY ARCHER GETS THIRD PODIUM IN A ROW, FIFTH OF SEASON FOR DODGE MOTORSPORTS WITH A SECOND PLACE FINISH
BRASELTON, Ga. (September 29, 2006) -- Tommy Archer posted a second place finish after an eyebrow-raising pass on the final straightaway of the final lap at Road Atlanta. It was his third podium in a row and his fifth of the season in Speed World Challenge GT Series competition. With the run in his No. 5 C3 Controls/Autohaus Motorsports/ SRT Dodge Viper, he put Dodge Motorsports into the lead in the Manufacturer's Points Standings and sustains the momentum he began at Road America.
Archer led six laps and then battled the Cadillacs all day long. The first battle was with Max Angelelli in the No. 12 car, and the other was with front-runners Andy Pilgrim and Ron Fellows for the remainder of the race. He made the phenomenal pass for second position on the Cadillac of Ron Fellows in the final seconds of the race.
"I battled with these guys [winner Pilgrim and third-place finisher Fellows] all day. There wasn't a battle with Max [Angelelli]. He had the ax out and he was coming after me," said Archer after the race. "I was glad to be able to hang on to it when he made contact, but ever since that hit [from Angelelli] I think it knocked the toe out and the car was loose from then on.
"The race was great with these guys who finished on the podium with me. We all ran each other clean because I think there's mutual respect there -- I won't hurt them and they won't hurt me," Archer continued. "Ron [Fellows] and I just had a heck-of-a-time out there. I was going down into [turn] six a couple of times just giggling because I was having so much fun."
When asked if he was confident coming into the final turn that he could make his Dodge Viper stick going into the pass on Fellows, Archer responded with a giggle.
"Yes (laughing)--..actually, no. It was one of those deals where I knew it was going to be close, but that's my job. That's what I do. You've got to go out there and do what you've go to do. I wasn't sure it was going to stick, but it's my job to try to make it stick."
That last lap pass gave Dodge an extra two points in the manufacturers' championship standings, since the second place position earned them five more points than they would have gotten if Archer finished third.
Another guy that made a phenomenal pass stick was Bob Woodhouse in his No. 13 Woodhouse Auto Family/Kicker/Dodge Viper. He won the B&M Oil Coolers Coolest Move of the Race award for his three-wide pass on Lawson Aschenbach and Lou Gigliotti late in the race.
"It started out like nothing. We were in turn seven, and coming out of there it was Lou [Gigliotti] and Lawson [Aschenbach] and I," an animated Woodhouse explained after the race. "When we came out of the turn they were wrestling each other coming down the straightaway. I got to the inside and they said, 'Nah, we're not leaving room for you, Woodhouse' and I'm thinking 'ok.' I went over to the left on the inside of them and I thought 'hey, we'll just see if I can still stop this thing if I bury it [into the corner] a little bit.' So I ran it in beside Lou [Gigliotti] and I think I caught him off guard a little bit, but I pulled it off and kept on going."
It was a highlight-reel worthy pass, one that was much-talked about in the taping of the Speed Channel broadcast that will air later next month.
Woodhouse was the second highest finishing Dodge, taking the checkered flag in the fourth position after starting 10th. He posted his eighth top-10 of the season and his fourth top-five of the year. His only finish outside the top-10 is an 11th.
Mike McCann and Rob Foster both posted top-10 finishes, coming home in the ninth and 10th positions respectively, giving Dodge Motorsports four drivers with finishes in the top-10. Brett Pearson in the No. 77 Ventex Corp/Pearson Motorsports Dodge Viper finished 13th. Raleigh, N.C., native Kenny Hawkins posted an 18th place finish, while Jim McCann Jr. in the No. 83 McCann Plastics/K&N Filters/Dodge Viper came home 19th, and Ritch Marziale was 21st in his No. 56 All Cut Concrete Cutting/Dodge Viper Competition Coupe.
Dodge successfully took over the manufacturers' point lead with their success at Road Atlanta, now five points ahead of a tied Cadillac and Porche in the second position.
Along with leading the manufacturers point standings, Dodge has four drivers in the top-10 in driver points.
Speed Channel will air SCCA competition from Road Atlanta on Saturday October 14 at 3 p.m.