DODGE MOTORSPORTS TAKES TWO ON THE PODIUM AT LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 10, 2006) -- With fans packing the streets of Long Beach, Tommy Archer, driving the No. 5 c3controls/Autohaus Dodge Viper, executed a last-lap pass to finish...
DODGE MOTORSPORTS TAKES TWO ON THE PODIUM AT LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 10, 2006) -- With fans packing the streets of Long Beach, Tommy Archer, driving the No. 5 c3controls/Autohaus Dodge Viper, executed a last-lap pass to finish second in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT held Sunday as part of the 32nd annual Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Fellow Dodge Viper driver Michael McCann, in the No. 82 McCann Racing Dodge Viper, was leading the race with just two turns to go on the 11-turn, 1.968 mile course when he was passed by Ron Fellows, who eventually won the race, and Archer. He finished third on the day.
Archer, of Duluth, Minn., started on the pole but battled a computer issue on his car all day. From the start, the computer would reset itself every five or six laps, meaning Archer had to go to half throttle, shut down the power and coast while the computer recycled. This cost him precious seconds every time it occurred, meaning his second-place finish was even more impressive.
"It was a hectic race," said Archer. "The computer recycled six to eight times, which kept us off the lead and cost us up to three or four seconds in some places. We're going to go testing before Mid-Ohio to see if we can figure out where the bug in the car is. This is a brand new team and it's only our third race together, so we're going to continue to build. I think we're going to be okay."
Of his finish, Archer said it was a relief to claim second and move to 12th in the points after disappointing outings at Sebring and St. Petersburg.
"The fans were excited," said Archer. "This was the last race of the day and they said it was the best race of the weekend. There were lots of people on the streets and the course runs through downtown, which makes it fun. It also makes you want to try harder and put on a good show."
McCann, of N. Canton, Ohio, who won the season opener at Sebring, regained the points lead by one with his third-place finish. Bob Woodhouse, who finished 11th, is sixth; Rob Foster finished sixth and is seventh in the points; followed by Skip Sauls who finished 14th and is 11th in the standings; and Archer, who moved to 12th in the points. Dodge is in second place in the manufacturer standings, just five points out of first.
Sunday's race will air on SPEED Channel on Sunday, April 16, at 2 p.m. ET.
The SCCA SPEED World Challenge next heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on May 19-21.