3R Racing Looks for Better Fortunes in Cleveland Englewood, Colorado -- 3R Racing will take to the 2.1-mile, 10-turn circuit at Burke Lakefront airport in Cleveland for round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be...
3R Racing Looks for Better Fortunes in Cleveland
Englewood, Colorado -- 3R Racing will take to the 2.1-mile, 10-turn circuit at Burke Lakefront airport in Cleveland for round five of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run on Sunday, June 26th. Tommy Archer leads the series driver's points with teammate Phil McClure in sixth and team owner/driver Tim Wiens in ninth.
The series last visited the laser flat airport circuit in 1992.The team had an uncharacteristic race weekend at Mid-Ohio four weeks ago. Tommy Archer was able to finish seventh to keep his overall series lead, with teammate Phil McClure coming home tenth and Tim Wiens having two incidents of contact finishing in the twenty-fifth position.
Tommy Archer, driver of the number 1/c3controls/3R Viper, last raced at the Cleveland Grand Prix in 2002 driving a Viper Trans-Am car. The Duluth, Minnesota resident had the fastest car on the track that day, only to be put down a lap due to a scoring error. Archer went on to lap the field to get back on the lead lap and finish fourth.
"Getting through turn one at the start of the race is biggest hurdle. The track is wide at the turn in and doubles back on itself, so if you try to go to the inside you virtually have to make a u-turn. You have to concentrate because there are no land marks on this track to mark your critical braking and turn-in points. I am hoping that my experience with the track will prove to an advantage."
Phil McClure, driving the number 2/FirstTier Bank/3R Viper, is looking forward to the challenge of a new track. "It looks like it is going to be a fast and exciting track. Turn one is infamous for action and bad decisions. I need to focus on being in the top ten. At Mid-Ohio we struggled with handling and it felt really odd going backward in the race. I am looking forward to a little redemption in the state of Ohio next week."
Tim Wiens, team owner and driver of the number 3/FirstTier Bank/3R Viper, is ready for Cleveland. "I had a tough weekend at Mid-Ohio. The Cleveland track layout is wide open, it makes Sebring look like a street course. I have been flying planes for eight years and I hope that my pilots experience will help me to navigate around the Burke Lakefront airport circuit."
Round five of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series will be run on Sunday, June 26th starting at 4:00 p.m. and will be televised on Speed Channel the same day at 5:00 p.m. EST.