TOMMY ARCHER WINS FROM POLE FOR DODGE MOTORSPORTS AT ROAD AMERICA; DODGE PUTS FOUR DRIVERS IN THE TOP-10 IN GT COMPETITION ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 20, 2006) -- Tommy Archer lead the Dodge brigade at Road America this weekend, leading every lap...
TOMMY ARCHER WINS FROM POLE FOR DODGE MOTORSPORTS AT ROAD AMERICA; DODGE PUTS FOUR DRIVERS IN THE TOP-10 IN GT COMPETITION
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 20, 2006) -- Tommy Archer lead the Dodge brigade at Road America this weekend, leading every lap from the pole to win the seventh round of the GT series competition at Road America. Archer drove a flawless race in the No. 5 Autohaus Motorsports/C3 Controls/SRT Viper Competition Coupe to get his first win of the season and lead the Dodge camp with four drivers in the top-10 and six drivers in the top-15.
Going into the weekend, Archer was looking to build momentum on a season that has seen some tough luck. He was able to do so with his dominating win from the pole at the historic four-mile track in Wisconsin.
"It's a rewarding weekend. We came here expecting to be somewhat competitive but kind surprised even ourselves in qualifying," said Archer in a post-race interview. "The car just ran good and we made some adjustments to it last night. The crew is really starting to understand what I need and that little adjustments mean big things even though it's a big car. So we just keep working hard at it and we're improving. But it was a great weekend, it feels good to be here (celebrating the victory), close to home, and I had family here so they all got to be a part of the win."
With one-third of the field competing in Vipers, Mike McCann was the second highest finishing Dodge, bringing his No. 82 McCann Plastics/K & N Filters Dodge Viper home in the fourth position. It was a solid end to the weekend for McCann, who paced both practice sessions on Friday, as the fastest in the first session and the second-quickest in the second session.
Ritch Marziale, in the No. 56 All-Cut Concrete Cutting Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, and Bob Woodhouse, in the No. 13 Woodhouse Auto Family Dodge Viper, rounded out the top-10 for Dodge, with eighth and 10th place finishes respectively.
Woodhouse qualified his Viper in the 12th position and picked up two positions on his way to another top-10 finish.
"I thought that we could work toward the front but there were a lot of battles out there, there was war everywhere--I think I got passed and passed back more times than in any race I've been in so far," Woodhouse said after the race. "We had a little contact but overall it was a good race. I got in some oil and got sideways, totally sideways, but was able to save it. So we were able to overcome a few things and post a top-10 finish and we're glad for Dodge this weekend overall."
Rob Foster, Jim McCann Jr. and Lenny Diller rounded out the top-15 for Dodge Motorsports. Foster finished 12th, recovering from a spin early on in the race in the kink. McCann Jr. drove his No. 83 McCann Plastics/K&N Filters Dodge Viper to a 13th place finish, while Lenny Diller posted a 15th for his No. 51 King Cole Audio Visual Service Dodge Viper team.
Michael Greenberg (21st), Skip Sauls (28th) and Adel Elsayed (31st) rounded out the field for Dodge in the GT series.
Greenberg was given the Sunoco Hard Charger award for picking up the most positions throughout the race, starting 32nd in his No. 04 Greeenberg Cheese Company/Big Daddy Racing Dodge Viper and picking up 11 positions on the way to the 21st place finish.
"The car was perfect, Tommy Archer drove it when it was brand new for two days before I got here," Greenberg said after the race. "John Archer, his brother, had been working on it for three years and all the guys at Dodge have been helping us, and it's probably the best Viper there is. It gave us a good run today."
This weekend's results move Dodge into second place in the GT Manufacturer's Championship, trailing Porsche by just five points.
Dodge, who is the only manufacturer that races in both the GT and Touring Car series, dominated this weekend at Road America, posting podium finishes in both races.
The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe and SRT4 will compete next at Mosport over the Labor Day weekend.
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