Team Viper, Archer Grab Podium Finish At Infineon Raceway Sonoma, Cal. - Team Viper earned their first Speed GT Series podium finish last weekend at Infineon Raceway. Tommy Archer impressively drove his Viper Competition Coupe into third...
Team Viper, Archer Grab Podium Finish At Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, Cal. - Team Viper earned their first Speed GT Series podium finish last weekend at Infineon Raceway. Tommy Archer impressively drove his Viper Competition Coupe into third position after starting the race in fifth. He maintained the position after two full-course cautions and posted the highest Speed GT Series event finish for Dodge Motorsports this season. Archer earned the podium finish after three fourth place finishes in the previous rounds. The veteran is now second in Speed GT Series points, trailing Michael Galati in the Audi RS 6.
Archer had the following comments:
"Once again, the C3 Controls/Whelen Engineering Dodge Viper came off the line like a bullet," Archer said. "My biggest concern at the start was, "Can we get to turn 1 before the Audi?" We accomplished this and the Audi slowed down the rest of the field behind me, allowing me to conserve my tires for the next 8-10 laps of the race. The first and second place Porsche and Corvette checked out, and I knew I couldn't maintain their pace. Knowing that the Cadillac and Corvettes behind me would eventually pass the Audi's, I anticipated a close finish at the end, and needed to conserve the car for the final laps. I was able to hold on to third in the final lap and bring the first podium finish in the Viper this year".
Archer was one of the three Team Viper members to place in the Top-10. Mike McCann finished in eighth position ahead of Tim Wiens, who finished ninth. Bob Woodhouse faced a major challenge after a heavy crash in practice with the Woodhouse Auto Family Viper Competition Coupe. Uninjured, he quickly switched to a back-up car for the remainder of the weekend. He and his dedicated crew battled back to finish the race solidly in 11th position. Jim McCann was credited with a 12th place finish, and Al Becera, driving the only Viper GTS in the field, crossed the line in 19th.
Team Viper and Dodge Motorsports maintained third position in the Speed GT Series manufacturer points standings. The series resumes action this week at the Portland International Raceway, where Archer will face an additional 45 lbs of "rewards weight" in this next race, putting him in the heaviest car entered in the event.
For more information regarding Team Viper or the Speed GT Series, log on to www.vipercompetitioncoupe.com or www.world-challenge.com.