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Sebring: 3R-Racing race notes

3R-Racing takes top spots at Sebring. Colorado team places first and second at first race of the 2003 season. Denver (March 17, 2003) - Picking-up where they left-off last year, 3R-Racing (a Wiens Racing company) roared to a fast start in 2003,...

3R-Racing takes top spots at Sebring.
Colorado team places first and second at first race of the 2003 season.

Denver (March 17, 2003) - Picking-up where they left-off last year, 3R-Racing (a Wiens Racing company) roared to a fast start in 2003, taking first and second place at last weekend's Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring weekend in Sebring, Fla. It was the first race of the 2003 SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT series and signals another outstanding start to the 2003 race year for the 3R-Racing team.

Racing for his second straight season with the team, Phil McClure started from the pole position and never looked back, capturing his first-career win while driving the choice car of the day, the No. 73 Aggregate Industries/3R-Racing Chevrolet Corvette ZO6. McClure motored to a 7.037-second win, averaging 97.785 mph in the 66.6-mile contest on the legendary 3.7 mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway.

"The level of competition has never been at this level in this series and we rose to the occasion!" said McClure. "It feels wonderful to win my first race and get the team off to a fast start."

McClure was joined on the top steps of the podium by teammate Mike Fitzgerald, who is racing with 3R-Racing for the first time this season. Fitzgerald, driving the No. 22 1st Interstate Inn/3R-Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, started fourth and had a solid run to second. A veteran driver who is well regarded by his fellow racers, Fitzgerald continued to add to his impressive resume at the weekend's event.

"It was an awesome day for the team, and while I was chasing Phil and tried to make a push for a few laps and dent his lead, I just couldn't pass him," said Fitzgerald. "It was great to join him on the podium, even if it was the second spot."

Also finishing strong for 3R-Racing was team owner Tim Wiens, who placed sixth after starting in the 12th spot to begin the race. Wiens, who was second in the Rookie Point Standings for the 2002 season, raced to the top finish of his career in the 1st Interstate Inn/3R-Racing's 2003 Porsche GT3 Cup Car (Porsche 996 model). He has continued to make impressive strides at Speed World Challenge events, including three top ten finishes in 2002, and has shown continued dedication and commitment to forming the best team possible for 3R-Racing.

"For 3R-Racing to have two of our drivers standing on the podium at Sebring is a great achievement," said Wiens. "The entire team is excited about the 2003 season, and this weekend's performance has us even more focused and geared-up for the next race! I'm very excited about this team and all we can achieve during the next several months."

Coverage of the Speed World Challenge GT race from the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring weekend will be broadcast March 29 at 3:00 p.m. (Mountain) on Speed Channel. The series next travels to Mosport International Raceway May 16-18.

About the SCCA and Speed World Challenge
The SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge is the ultimate production car sprint road racing series in North America. Split into two, distinct categories (Speed GT and Speed Touring Car), the Speed World Challenge features the cars that fans desire to own with performance-tuned engines, big wheels and aftermarket bodywork. Some of the top drivers in road racing today compete in the Speed World Challenge, running on 10 different high profile weekends in 50-minute sprint races featuring standing starts. For more information regarding the Speed World Challenge, visit www.world-challenge.com.

The Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 64,000-member motorsports organization, which incorporates all facets of autocross, rally, and both club and professional motorsports events. It annually sanctions nearly 2,000 events through its 109 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events for the Club include the Club Racing Valvoline Runoffs® National Championship races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Solo II® Nationals and ProSolo® National Series at Topeka, the ProRally® Championship and the United States Road Rally Championship, in St. Louis, Mo. The SCCA has two wholly owned subsidiaries; SCCA Pro Racing and SCCA Enterprises. For more information, visit www.scca.org.

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