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3R Racing Qualifies Ninth and Sixteenth at Infineon Sonoma, California -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified ninth and sixteenth for round seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run this ...

3R Racing Qualifies Ninth and Sixteenth at Infineon

Sonoma, California -- 3R Racing drivers Tommy Archer and Tim Wiens qualified ninth and sixteenth for round seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series race to be run this afternoon at Infineon Raceway.

In Thursday's open practice session, Tim Wiens driving his number 3/FirstTier Bank/3R Viper was coming through turn ten when he was caught out and ended up in the wall on the outside of the turn. The damage to the Viper Competition Coupe was extensive enough that the 3R crew had to unload the number 2 car and prepare it for Wiens to continue on with the race weekend.

"On Thursday I was coming through the fast esses and the rear end stepped out on me and sent me skidding across wine country and into the wall," explained Wiens. "It was the last session of the day on old tires and track temperatures exceeding 140-degrees. The team did a great job to get the spare car ready and we were very close with the setup right off of the truck. In qualifying I struggled to get a clean lap with traffic. The tires came into temperature and I was on the gas when I caught two cars cooling down through the esses. I have a good car for the race and I am confident that I can move up, plus the attrition here should help." Wiens posted a qualifying time of 1:42.932 which will start him from the eighth row.

Tommy Archer, driver of the number 1/c3controls/3R Viper, qualified in ninth position with a time of 1:41.947 and an average speed of 89 mph. The Duluth, Minnesota resident will start from the fourth row at 1:05 p.m. today. "I went out and was caught up behind a Porsche who was obviously having some handling issues, but he was able to motor me down the straights, but was slow through the corners. The car feels sluggish getting off of the turns so we are trying to maximize our transition setup into, through and out of the corner to try and makeup time. We will run hard in the race and take advantage of every passing opportunity presented."

Round seven at Infineon will be run on today and televised on the Speed Channel, tomorrow, Sunday, July 17th, at 1:30 p.m. EST.

-3Rracing

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Drivers Tommy Archer , Tim Wiens