3R-Racing Finishes 4th, 5th and 10th at Sebring Sebring, Florida -- 3R-Racing was able to put all three cars in the top-ten for the first round of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Speed GT series race today at Sebring. Under sunny skies and a...
3R-Racing Finishes 4th, 5th and 10th at Sebring
Sebring, Florida -- 3R-Racing was able to put all three cars in the top-ten for the first round of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Speed GT series race today at Sebring.
Under sunny skies and a temperature of 85-degrees the 3R-driving trio looked very strong in the season's first event. Bob Raub and the crew did an excellent job with a complete car transition from 2003. The 3R-Racing team prepared two new Vipers and built a new Corvette for 2004, making the finishes today an excellent reward for a long winter of work for the Colorado based operation.
Tommy Archer, driving the number 22 3R-Racing/c3controls/Viper, was able to get a great start from his sixth place qualifying position to move up to third place. "It was my first standing start and it was great! The power of the Viper just launches you down the straight," said Archer. "The Cadillac was parked so I had to maneuver around and that cost me a couple of tenths. We made a change to the car this morning and it handled better in the race that it did all week. I was able to run 12-flat for the race, we need to put the Viper on a diet to be able to move forward."
Number 73 Aggregate Industries/Corvette Z06 driver, Phil McCLure, also was able to get a good start, following Archer up through to run in fourth. "I settled into a nice pace, was able to get around Tommy and I could push Galati," said McCLure. "I had a plan to get around him on the last lap, but then into turn 17 on lap 17, I developed a fuel pickup problem, which progressively got worse. I was doing all I could to hold my fifth place."
Tim Wiens, 33 3R-Racing/1st Interstate Inns/Viper, raced to tenth from his thirteenth place qualifying effort. "The Cadillac was parked in the center of the track so that shuffled the order a little on the first lap. It was my first standing start in the Viper and it really gets off the line," said Wiens. "I was in a good battle with the cars around me, I was focused on the other Viper ahead of me but just ran our laps before I could catch him. I wanted to run consistent laps and finish in the top ten. The 3R crew did an excellent job all weekend."
The race will be televised on Speed TV, Sunday, March 21 at 12:00 noon.