Dodge Viper Rolex/Daytona Qualifying Review

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 5, 2000 - Dodge Motorsports' Tommy Archer qualified one of the Viper Team ORECA GTS-Rs on the outside pole today for Saturday's (Feb. 6) Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. The Duluth, Minn., native, driving an ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 5, 2000 - Dodge Motorsports' Tommy Archer qualified one of the Viper Team ORECA GTS-Rs on the outside pole today for Saturday's (Feb. 6) Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. The Duluth, Minn., native, driving an out-of-the-crate ORECA GTS-R factory race car, laid down several impressive laps - the fastest of which came in at 1:49 at 117.46 mph. Archer led the other two Vipers, No. 93 (driven by David Donohue) and No. 91 (driven by Olivier Beretta), which qualified in 3rd and 5th place, respectively. Vipers capturing three out of the top five spots sets the stage for what could be an epic battle between two industry giants this year - DaimlerChrysler and General Motors, which topped the time sheets with its Corvette C5-R. "It was a brand new car, still in the shrink wrap when it arrived yesterday," said Archer of the No. 92 Viper. "ORECA put it together and I hadn't turned a lap under 2:00 prior to qualifying. And there was very little grip out there (during Thursday's practice session) so we put the pedal to the metal as best we could." ORECA Team Director Hugues de Chaunac downplayed the importance of a high qualifying position for the perennial powerhouse Vipers. "One has to remember that this is a 24 hour race," said de Chaunac. "Because we start 30 meters behind another team is insignificant. We have to prepare the car and concentrate on the fact that we will begin the race early Saturday afternoon, race through the day, the night, the next morning and into Sunday afternoon. There is so much more to be concerned with." Joining Archer in the No. 92 Viper are Marc Duez (FRA) and Vincent Vosse (BEL). Beretta, the defending American Le Mans Series Drivers Champion (No. 92) is joined by fellow FIA GT Drivers Champion Karl Wendlinger (AUS) and Dominique Dupuy (FRA) in the No. 91 Viper - the same team that won Le Mans last year. Donohue (Malvern, Pa.) teams up with Jean-Phillippe Belloc (FRA) and Ni Amorim (POR).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ni Amorim , Tommy Archer , Vincent Vosse , David Donohue , Olivier Beretta , Marc Duez , Dominique Dupuy , Hugues de Chaunac