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Sebring: Autohaus Motorsport preview

Autohaus Motorsports Ready for Sebring with Three Snakes in SPEED GT DELRAY BEACH, Fla. March 10, 2007 -- Autohaus Motorsport will field three Viper Competition Coupes for round one of the 2007 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series at...

Autohaus Motorsports Ready for Sebring with Three Snakes in SPEED GT

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. March 10, 2007 -- Autohaus Motorsport will field three Viper Competition Coupes for round one of the 2007 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series at Sebring International Raceway to be run Friday, March 16th.

Tommy Archer will pilot his No. 5 Autohaus Motosports Dodge Viper Competition around the 17-turn, 3.7-mile Sebring circuit with the hopes of getting out of the gate quickly for the 2007 season.

Archer was able to qualify third for last year's race, but mechanical issues relegated him to a 25th place finish. The Duluth, Minnesota resident is ready to comeback and put another victory on his resume as he did in 2005.

The first event will also be the debut of the Nathan McBride and Tommy Archer engineer/driver package on the No. 5 Viper. Both have won the GT championship, but they will be looking to win it together in 2007.

"Nathan wants to constantly play out of the box, which is a good thing on a car that has been racing for four years," said Archer. "I think we are looking good for Sebring, but I think the fruits of our labor won't really be realized until mid-season. Sebring should be typical, some people are ready and some won't be. We have to go there and get things sorted quickly and try and qualify in the top five and run consistently. I would like to come away from Sebring this year with some points."

Jeffrey Robbins, of Southfield, Michigan, joins the team in his No. 6 RSIG Security Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. This will be the first year for Robbins in the series.

"I have run at Sebring several times in the past in the SCCA Winter Nationals," Robbins said. "The track is a little bumpy, but overall I love the circuit. I am joining a new team and I have some great teammates in Tommy and Brett, I am excited to get started. I would like to shoot for Rookie of the Year. In the first part of the season I want to finish each race and eventually be in a position to bring points home for Dodge and compete for Rookie of the Year. Dodge has been a big help and I want to help them win the manufacturers title."

Brett Pearson, of Orlando, Florida, joins the team in the No. 7 Ventex Pearson Motorsports Viper Competition Coupe. Pearson has eight World Challenge GT starts in his Viper with a best finish of ninth.

"I did my first World Challenge race at Sebring in 2005," Pearson explained. "I love Sebring, it is a challenge with the bumps and the high speed turns in one and 17. I want to try and run consistently in the top ten this season. I have seven starts in the series and would like to do the whole series with the hopes of a top ten points finish at the end of the year."

The 2007 SPEED World Challenge GT Series begins on Friday, March 14th at Sebring International Raceway.

-credit: am

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