January 21, 2000 Vol. 2, No. 2 ARCHER WILL RETURN WITH VIPER: Reigning Speedvision GT Champion Bobby Archer will return to defend that title in the No. 32 Dodge Viper. Archer also confirmed that the Viper Speed operation will move from Michigan...
January 21, 2000 Vol. 2, No. 2
ARCHER WILL RETURN WITH VIPER: Reigning Speedvision GT Champion Bobby Archer will return to defend that title in the No. 32 Dodge Viper. Archer also confirmed that the Viper Speed operation will move from Michigan to Ft. Worth, Texas. "We'll have more information in the next week to 10 days regarding sponsors, but for now the important thing is that we know we'll be back in 2000," said Archer, who took home an SCCA Pro Racing-record $50,000 Championship bonus in 1999. Viper Speed plans a two-car effort, with Archer driving the No. 32 entry and rookie Jimmy Adams in the No. 77 Viper. Adams contested two World Challenge events in 1999, finishing 30th and 13th at the Road Atlanta doubleheader. He also was a front-row qualifier at the Valvoline Runoffs at Mid-Ohio in the Touring One class. Archer has forgone his option to carry No. 1 on his car for winning the 1999 title. "Honestly, I don't really like No. 1," continued Archer. "It took me a long time to get back to No. 32, which is what I always used to run. It's a special number for me." More information on Viper Speed can be found online at www.viperspeed.com.
GALATI TO RETURN; CLASS AND CAR UNDECIDED: Defending Speedvision Touring Car Champion Michael Galati will return to the Speedvision World Challenge in 2000, but little else is available for release regarding his effort. "I've got a couple of offers for GT, but nothing is definite yet," said Galati, who has won three of the last four Touring Car titles. "Right now, the focus is to move up. If I don't move up, then I'll probably come back to defend the Touring Car title."
FLYING TIGER RACING TO RUN TWO C5 CORVETTES: Bob Raub's Flying Tiger Racing is currently finishing its second Chevrolet Corvette C5 for the 2000 Speedvision GT season. Last season, the team made its debut with the stars and stripes C5 of J. Bob Taylor, who did three races with a best finish of 15th at Road Atlanta. Phil McClure, of Floris, Iowa, is set to drive the No. 73 entry, which the team hopes to have prepared before the April 1-2 weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
MOUNTAIN AUTO SPORT TO RETURN WITH THREE CARS: Mountain Auto Sport Racing and Kermit Upton, which swept the Road Atlanta Speedvision GT Rounds in 1999, will return to the series in 2000 with a three-car BMW effort. "Now we have the momentum to bring the team back in 2000," said Upton, a seven-time GT winner. "We proved our BMWs can win races. With two M3s and an M Coupe available, drivers joining the team can accelerate in North America' s premier sports car sprint series with BMW, a manufacturer known for racing excellence." Upton does not plan on driving one of the cars in an effort to concentrate on team management, car development and sponsorship opportunities. For more information on Mountain Auto Sport Racing, visit its website at www.masracing.com.
FRIEDMAN TO MAKE ROOKIE RUN IN GT PORSCHE: Clemson University Engineering student Cory Friedman plans a Rookie of the Year assault in GT with Autometrics Motorsports and the team's No. 14 Porsche RSR. Friedman is an AMA veteran who switched to car racing in 1996, running Porsche Club and Historic Sportscar Racing events in Porsche 944 Turbos and 911s. For more information, visit the team's website at www.autometricsmotorsports.com.
REALTIME TO CHANGE CARS? RealTime Racing, which finished second, third and sixth in the Speedvision Touring Car Championship in 1999, has reserved numbers 42 through 46 in Touring for 2000, providing nothing more than TBAs for drivers and cars. The RealTime Racing team has campaigned Acuras and Hondas for years, contributing to six Manufacturers' Championships since 1993.
FITZGERALD TO COMPLETE TC KLINE LINEUP: Motorola Cup star Mike Fitzgerald has been tabbed as the third and final driver in TC Kline's Touring Car effort, joining SCCA Club Racing National Champion Neal Sapp and multiple SCCA Solo Champion Shauna Marinus. Fitzgerald, who will drive the No. 12 BMW 328ci, has one Drivers' Championship (Motorola Cup Sports Class, 1998) and two runner-up finishes (Speedvision Cup, 1997-1998) in five years of professional showroom stock racing. He also competed in the American Le Mans Series in 1999 with GT Champion Alex Job Racing, earning sixth place in the Drivers' Championship. Fitzgerald, 33, works as a driving instructor at the Bob Bonderaunt School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix.
MCMILLIN TO FIELD GT, TOURING BMWS: 1997 PSCR Speedvision Cup Sports Class Champion Jeff McMillin plans an entrance in the Speedvision GT for 2000 with the team fielding a car for Steve Pfeffer in Touring as well. McMillin, who recorded three top-five finishes in four 1998 World Challenge Touring starts, will pilot the No. 25 BMW M3 in GT for 2000. Pfeffer comes off of his most successful season of racing in 1999, where he teamed with fellow Bondurant instructor Mike Fitzgerald to finish fourth in the Motorola Cup Sports Class. He is slated to drive the No. 26 John Hancock BMW 328 in Touring.