DODGE VIPER COMPETITION COUPES AND SRT4S SHOWCASE SONOMA STYLE AT INFINEON RACEWAY Tommy Archer Continues His March Through the Points in the GT Series SONOMA, Calif. (June 23, 2006) -- The SPEED World Challenge Series took center stage this...
DODGE VIPER COMPETITION COUPES AND SRT4S SHOWCASE SONOMA STYLE AT INFINEON RACEWAY
Tommy Archer Continues His March Through the Points in the GT Series
SONOMA, Calif. (June 23, 2006) -- The SPEED World Challenge Series took center stage this weekend in Sonoma in front of a capacity crowd there for the companion NASCAR race. It was a chance for the Dodges to shine in the California sun.
The fleet of Dodge Vipers in the SWC GT class race had solid runs on the12-turn, 1.99-mile road course. Led by Tommy Archer of Duluth, Minn., and Mike McCann, of North Canton, OH, the Dodge Viper team was rounded out by Bob Woodhouse, Rob Foster, Ritch Marziale, Skip Sauls, Kyle Foster and Brett Pearson.
Archer took second place on the podium, his second podium visit of the season. McCann finished fifth, Woodhouse finished seventh and rookie Kyle Foster finished ninth, giving Dodge four spots in the top 10. Pearson was 14th, Sauls was 15th, Al Becera was 19th, Rob Foster was 22nd and Marziale was 25th.
The No. 5 c3controls/Dodge Motorsports/Dodge SRT Viper held the second position in firm control from start to finish. While Archer could run up to the leader, he could never make the pass. At the same time, he was holding off the competitors behind him.
"I came really close to getting to the front a couple of times but couldn't get by Ricardo Imery," said Archer. "I had to keep my mind focused on keeping up with him and keeping the other guys behind me. He just had more than we did today. I could have caught him if the race had gone for 50 minutes. When I saw smoke from his car, I thought he was going to give it to me, but he held on for the win."
Archer moved up three spots in the championship point standings, from 11th to 8th. McCann is at fourth, Woodhouse is sixth and Rob Foster is ninth, giving Dodge four positions in the top 10. Dodge moved to third in the manufacturers' championship, just one point out of second and two points out of first.
The weekend's crowds brought additional excitement to the event. Nearly 100,000 fans were on hand for Sunday's NASCAR event and many were there for the entire weekend.
"It's great to be racing in front of all the fans," said Archer. "It's good for our series to be in front of all the NASCAR people -- it makes it more exciting for us to put on a good show."
In the SPEED Touring Car class, the Dodge SRT4 squad was represented by Brian Smith of Simpsonville, S.C. Smith, driving the Woodhouse Auto Family/Kicker/Dodge SRT4 started 21st and finished 17th. He is 26th in the points standings.
Saturday's Touring Car race will be broadcast on SPEED Saturday, July 8 at 3 p.m. (EDT). The GT race will air on SPEED on Saturday, July 8, at 4 p.m. ET.
In addition to its technical support for race teams, Dodge Motorsports is offering nearly $0.75 million in its SCCA contingency program in 2006. Prize money from the fund is awarded to Dodge drivers who finish in the top 10 positions in SWC races, and Dodge further rewards teams that earn points toward a Dodge Manufacturer's Championship. The Dodge Street and Racing Technology (SRT) vehicle line carries the status of "Official Cars and Trucks" of the SCCA.