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Road America: GT practice two report

Archer Fastest in Late SPEED GT Practice at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 8, 2008) -- Tommy Archer, of Duluth, Minn., was fastest Friday evening in the final practice session for Sunday's Road America SPEED GT Presented by Remington...

Archer Fastest in Late SPEED GT Practice at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 8, 2008) -- Tommy Archer, of Duluth, Minn., was fastest Friday evening in the final practice session for Sunday's Road America SPEED GT Presented by Remington race, part of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship. Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., completed to the top three.

Driving the No. 13 Foametix/Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper, Archer turned a fastest time of 2:16.893 (106.454 mph). His afternoon time was a half-second off the time he turned in the morning, which was good enough for second.

"This is the slipperiest I've ever seen Road America," Archer said. "It's been slippery the whole week, but the Woodhouse team has been working hard to get me back attached to the track. We'll just keep working hard on it. We never give up.

"Last night, I went golfing with Andy Pilgrim, Michael Galati and Jeff Courtney, but in the middle of the round, I called the engineers and said 'hey, I have an idea.' They put it in this morning and boom -- it was faster."

Archer, who has two wins on the season and won two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, was not even scheduled to drive the No. 13 Viper this weekend.

"Bob Woodhouse called me last Friday evening," Archer recalled. "I was fishing with my niece on a lake in northern Minnesota and I told him I'd call him back when I had time. I called him back and he said 'we have a problem, Claudio [Burtin] can't make it to the race. Is it possible you could come down?' So we worked out a deal and here I am."

Pilgrim was just a tick behind in his No. 8 Remington Shaving & Grooming Cadillac CTS-V, turning a fast lap of 2:17.015 (106.359 mph). Curran, who struggled in the morning session, recovered to turn a fast time of 2:17.048 (106.359 mph), good enough for third.

Jason Daskalos (No. 5 Daskalos Development & Investments Dodge Viper) was fourth fastest in the afternoon with a time of 2:17.130. Local driver Jeff Courtney, of Slinger, Wis., was fifth, with a 2:17.519 (105.969 mph) in his No. 99 KENDA/JTM/MPI Coin/Badger Dodge Viper.

James Sofronas (Porsche 911 GT3), Michael McCann (Cadillac CTS-V), Robert Foster (Dodge Viper), Randy Pobst (Porsche 911 GT3) and Michael Galati (Porsche 911 GT3) completed the top 10.

Afternoon times were slower than the morning session, where eight drivers were under the 2:17 threshold, led by Brandon Davis' 2:15.749 (107.351 mph). Davis did not take his No. 10 ACS/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang Cobra out in the afternoon.

-credit: scca pro racing

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Series PWC
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Tommy Archer , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Eric Curran , James Sofronas , Michael McCann , Bob Woodhouse , Brandon Davis , Jeff Courtney , Jason Daskalos
Teams HART