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Mid-Ohio: Dodge preview

Dodge Motorsports, Team Viper Ready to Roll at Mid-Ohio Auburn Hills, Mich. - The SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT Series is poised to roll out on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend to do what they do best...provide fans with the best...

Dodge Motorsports, Team Viper Ready to Roll at Mid-Ohio

Auburn Hills, Mich. - The SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT Series is poised to roll out on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend to do what they do best...provide fans with the best sports car racing action in the world. The weekend's events will feature some of the most extraordinary racecars currently in production, including the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. Team Viper, which consists of hotshoes Michael and Jim McCann, Tommy Archer and Bob Woodhouse, will pilot their machines to the limit in their quest to capture the 2004 SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT Series Championship.

The McCann brothers will have the hometown advantage on their side this weekend, as they hail from nearby Canton, Ohio. Piloting the No. 82 and No.83 Dodge Viper Competition Coupes, McCann Racing will carry the colors of McCann plastics as their primary sponsor. The duo is looking to use the Mid-Ohio event as a stepping stone to elevate their 2004 racing efforts.

"We're pleased to come to Mid-Ohio this weekend, "Jim McCann said. "We've been to two tracks early this season that we were unfamiliar with, and with the rule changes we've faced, we've had to make adjustments in our programs. We're very familiar with Mid-Ohio, and we know that we've got a good opportunity to perform well here. This weekend will hopefully be a turning point for our team."

Team Viper's Archer will attempt to earn his first win of the season at Mid-Ohio, which he notes is one of his favorite race tracks. Driving for 3R-Racing, Archer is always at the top of his game and a constant threat on the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT Series tour. While he knows he'll have his hands full, Archer is looking forward to turning the No. 22 Competition Coupe Viper loose at Mid-Ohio.

"A win for the Viper community would be fantastic," Archer said. "To earn a win is great, but to win at Mid-Ohio would be outstanding. This is one of my favorite race tracks, and we're looking forward to competing here this weekend. We've been fighting an uphill battle this season due to some rule changes, and we believe we may be at the turning point to showcase what a great program that Dodge and the Viper Competition Coupe represents. This weekend at Mid-Ohio would be an opportune time to get our first win."

Woodhouse and the Woodhouse Auto Family team will also be in the hunt for a win at Mid-Ohio, as the "Rookie of the Year" contender is banking on a top-ten finish to keep him solidly in the title chase. Woodhouse, who holds the distinction of being the world's largest Dodge Viper dealer, is pleased with the performance of the Viper Competition Coupe. The veteran race driver is also pleased with the direction the 2004 season has taken his team, and is looking forward to competing this weekend at Mid-Ohio.

"We're looking for a top-10 finish this weekend at Mid-Ohio," Woodhouse said. "We're in contention to earn the "Rookie of the Year" award, and in order to do that we've got to remain as consistent as possible. We've developed a lot as a team this season, and we're going to continue to do so. The Viper Competition Coupe is a lot of car, and it's perfect for this series. We learn more about the car at every event, and we're looking forward to applying this knowledge to the event at Mid-Ohio."

Team Viper also has another distinction to their credit, as Archer, Woodhouse and the McCann's are all privateers in the racing community. They are all part of race teams that are privately owned and operated. For more information regarding Dodge Motorsports, Team Viper or the Viper Competition Coupe, log on to www.dodgemotorsports.com or www.vipercompetitioncoupe.com.

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Drivers Tommy Archer , Bob Woodhouse , Jim McCann