Archer Qualifies 3R Viper on Pole at Portland Portland, Oregon -- Tommy Archer, driver of the number 22/c3controls/Whelen Engineering/3R Viper, drove to his first pole of the season and the first professional racing pole position for the ...
Archer Qualifies 3R Viper on Pole at Portland
Portland, Oregon -- Tommy Archer, driver of the number 22/c3controls/Whelen Engineering/3R Viper, drove to his first pole of the season and the first professional racing pole position for the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe today at Portland Raceway.
Teammates Phil McClure and Tim Wiens qualified in fifth and tenth place starting all three 3R cars in the top ten for tomorrow's running of round five of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series at the Oregon track.
It took only one flying lap for the Duluth, Minnesota based driver to post a time of 1:17.978 and a speed of 90 mph to put his 3R-Viper on the pole. "It was fun! 3R has worked incredibly hard chasing the rules, the weight and the set-up of the Viper," said Archer. "Will Moody and I have put together a good car for the Portland track. I have always done well here, I had my first pole here in 1984 and won the last time I drove here in a Viper Trans-Am car. I have a lot of tire left for the race, so all I have to do is keep 21 cars behind me for 50-minutes tomorrow."
Teammate Phil McClure, driving the number 73/Aggregate Industries/3R Corvette, put in a time of 1:18.31 good enough for a third row starting position. "The time was a little better than I expected. I thought we would do an 18.5, so that is good. The car is handling well and we will have a good car for the long run in the race. We are expecting cooler weather tomorrow, but either way we will be competitive."
Tim Wiens, driver of the number 33/1st Interstate Ins/3R Viper, qualified with a time of 1:19.071 for a tenth place starting position. "I hit some traffic on my laps and then had a couple of spinners in front of me. The motor is pulling really good, but the 100-degree temperature is causing us to run a little hot. The handling of the car is predictable and I will just have to manage my tires tomorrow for a good run in the race."
The race will be run on Sunday, July 25th and televised on Speed Channel at 1:00 p.m. on August 1st.