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Sebring: 3R Racing preview

3R Racing Ready to Start Season at Sebring Englewood, Colorado - 3R Racing has spent the off season celebrating their SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Speed GT series driver's championship and preparing their, now three, Viper Competition Coupes...

3R Racing Ready to Start Season at Sebring

Englewood, Colorado - 3R Racing has spent the off season celebrating their SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Speed GT series driver's championship and preparing their, now three, Viper Competition Coupes for the 2005 schedule.

Following the team's success with Tommy Archer's championship last year, 3R has purchased a third Viper for Phil McClure and is ready to defend their driver's title and make some waves in the manufacturer chase for Dodge.

"The 2004 season was great, but that is behind us now," said Tim Wiens, 3R Racing owner and driver of the number 3/First Interstate Inns/3R Viper. "I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel after a long winter in Colorado. Bob Raub and the crew have done everything to update the Vipers and get them ready for the new season. All three of us were able to finish in the top ten at Sebring last year, we are looking to finish the race a few more places toward the podium in the finishing order next weekend."

Tommy Archer, driver of the c3controls/3R Viper has enjoyed being the champion and will carry the number one on his car for 2005. "It was nice to represent 3R and Dodge as the champion," said Archer. "Tim has done a great job to keep the team together for this year and improve the cars. The car is different, the rules have changed the car somewhat including a 50% restrictor, but that is the nature of the series. We will go to Sebring with the same attitude as we did each race last year, take every position we are given and complete every lap. I hope to improve my fourth place finish from last year."

Driving the number 2/Aggregate Industries/3R Viper is returning World Challenge GT veteran Phil McCLure. "I've had the opportunity to drive the Viper, it will be fun. It seems bigger and heavier. The brakes on the car are really good and will take some getting used to. The sound of the motor is a very different. In the Corvette I could hear the shift point. Bob Raub and Will Moody have a good handle on the car and we have a year of development to lean on. Porsche, Cadillac and the new C6 will be cars that will be really strong. Sebring rewards horsepower, so we are hoping to be right there in the top eight looking for a good finish. I am looking forward to getting some quality seat time in the Viper."

Round one of the World Challenge GT schedule at Sebring will be run on March 18th at 3:45 p.m. EST and televised on Speed Channel Sunday, March 27th at 3:00 p.m.

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Drivers Tommy Archer , Phil McClure , Tim Wiens