McClure puts 3R-Racing Corvette on Pole at Infineon Sonoma, Calif. -- Phil McClure, driving the number 73/Aggregate Industries/3R Corvette, qualified on pole for Sunday's running of round four of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series.
McClure puts 3R-Racing Corvette on Pole at Infineon
Sonoma, Calif. -- Phil McClure, driving the number 73/Aggregate Industries/3R Corvette, qualified on pole for Sunday's running of round four of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT series. Teammates Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified their Vipers in fifth and thirteenth.
>From the drop of the green flag, McClure went out and set the mark for the GT pole with a time of 1:40.444 and speed of 91 mph. After improving the car through Thursday and Friday practice the 3R crew made the proper adjustments to give the Corvette that extra tweak to lead the field to the start on Sunday. "It was a good run, we knew we had to be in the mid to low 40-seconds to be in the hunt for the pole. We kept making improvements on the car and it really came to me. The car is very predictable around the track and easy to drive fast, that will be a big benefit for the race."
Tommy Archer, driving the number 22/c3controls/Whelen Engineering/3R Viper, qualified with a time of 1:41.505 good enough for a fifth place starting spot. This marks the best qualifying effort for Archer in 2004, proving that Infineon is a true driver's track. "We had some troubles during Thursday's practice with a motor and we have really been putting the tools to the car so I can drive it hard here. Will Moody and I have been really in sync with what the car wants. However, it still feels really heavy carrying the extra 275 pounds running on the small front tire. I will have to get a good start and keep my pursuers behind me."
In the number 33/1st Interstate Inns/3R Viper, Tim Wiens will start from the seventh row Sunday with a qualifying time of 1:43.333. "The car gets better every time we go out. It feels real heavy in the transitions; since this track has 11 turns there are a lot of transitions to upset the car. I will have to make a charge from the sixth row and I am looking forward to running in the top ten for the race Sunday morning."
The pole position for McClure is his second career pole in the series. McClure has a best finish of third at Infineon in 2001 and is currently ninth in driver's points for the 2004 season.
The race will be run on Sunday, July 18 at 8:55 a.m. Pacific Time and televised on Speed Channel the same day at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.