Denver's 3R-Racing Sets Fastest Lap Record and Takes Two Podiums at Road Atlanta. Team's efforts also clinches manufacturer's title for Porsche Denver (October 14, 2002) - The 3R-Racing team of Randy Pobst, Phil McClure and Tim Wiens is...
Denver's 3R-Racing Sets Fastest Lap Record and Takes Two Podiums at Road Atlanta.
Team's efforts also clinches manufacturer's title for Porsche Denver (October 14, 2002) - The 3R-Racing team of Randy Pobst, Phil McClure and Tim Wiens is continuing to make its presence known in this year's Speed World Challenge GT Championship Series. Following four, first place finishes by Pobst at previous events, the team entered the recent Road Atlanta with their sights set high and they didn't disappoint their fans or their sponsors.
The team had a second and a third place finish (Pobst took second in #22 1st Interstate Inn/3R-Racing's 1999 Porsche 911 GT3, and #73 McClure finished third in his Aggregate Industries/3R-Racing 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06); McClure set a Speed GT record for the fastest lap (at 1 minute 34.073 seconds, 97.201 miles per hour); and the combined efforts of #33 Wiens and Pobst helped Porsche secure the manufacturer's title for three times in the last four years.
"This has been a tremendous season for 3R-Racing, and we're looking forward to finishing strong at the Virginia International Raceway competition later this month," said team owner and driver Wiens. "2003 promises to provide our team and our sponsors with some significant achievements on the race track!"
Road Atlanta is a twelve turn, 2.54 mile road race circuit course. 3R-Racing's drivers all qualified in the top 15 times and started the race in prime positions. Pobst led for most of the race, and was seeking his fourth straight victory, until overheating dropped him back into second place. With the second place finish, Pobst is in fourth place in overall point standings for drivers, just three points from third place. His ranking is even more impressive considering he missed three races earlier in the season.
"This has been a great year with 3R-Racing, and to finish in third place in the individual point standings would be a great achievement," said Pobst. "Everyone on the team, from Tim and Phil, to our crew and fans, has been instrumental in my success. I'm looking forward to a great 2003."
McClure had his best race of the season, finishing third and setting a lap record. It also placed him in tenth place for drivers in the overall point standings. "This was a magical few days for me," said McClure. "Everything the 3R-Racing crew tried on the Corvette worked and worked well. I had some great racing with the Audi's and this will be a great race to see on Speed Channel."
Wiens also raced well, and was on his way to a top ten finish until a spin-out kept him from that goal. He is currently in twelfth place in point standings for drivers. "This was my first time to race at Road Atlanta, and it was one of the most challenging and fastest courses I've been on," said Wiens. "I had my sights set on a top ten finish, along with Phil and Randy, but some bad luck cost me at the end. Regardless, it was great to contribute to an outstanding year for the team and for Porsche."
3R-Racing's (www.3R-Racing.com) success this season has helped to attract the support of companies, sponsors and groups in individual race towns. The Road Atlanta race weekend attracted an estimated 76,000 fans. The race will be televised nationally on SPEED Channel on Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 27 at 1:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 2 at 11:00 a.m. MST.
The season will finish up at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia on October 25-27.
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