Archer Qualifies Mopar Viper Ninth at Sebring in SPEED GT Pearson to start on 12th row and Robbins on 13th SEBRING, Fla. March 15, 2007 -- Autohaus Motorsport pilot Tommy Archer qualified his No. 5 Mopar Viper Competition Coupe in ninth place ...
Archer Qualifies Mopar Viper Ninth at Sebring in SPEED GT
Pearson to start on 12th row and Robbins on 13th
SEBRING, Fla. March 15, 2007 -- Autohaus Motorsport pilot Tommy Archer qualified his No. 5 Mopar Viper Competition Coupe in ninth place for tomorrow's opening round of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Series race at Sebring International Raceway.
Archer was not able to best his fast practice time of 2:09.677 which had him topping the charts yesterday. The Duluth, Minnesota resident qualified with a time of 2:10.296 with an average speed of 102 mph which will see him go away from the standing-start from the fifth row.
"There are some fast cars up the grid from me," Archer said. "We weren't able to go faster than our best practice time. The cars handling was a little off compared to yesterday, I think the heat a lot to do with the handling, I was a little loose in the rear. We will pour over the data and make a few adjustments for the race. I always seem to race well here, so we will be pushing the issue tomorrow in the race. The top cars really had a visit from the speed fairy overnight."
Teammate Brett Pearson in the No. 7 Ventex Pearson Motorsports Viper will start tomorrow's race from the 12th row with a qualifying time of 2:14.262.
"Tough," Pearson explained. "I had a lot of push in the car and that doesn't give you a lot of confidence going into turn one and turn 17. I came into the pits and the guys did a quick adjustment, it was better, but we may have to go a bit farther. I had a pretty good lap going on my second time around and then came upon a creeping Vette in the wrong spot and that cost me a few tenths."
Jeff Robbins in the No. 6 RSIG Security Viper posted a time of 2:16.352 that will see him start from the 13th row for the 50-minute sprint tomorrow afternoon.
"We loosened up the rear of the car last night and it felt a little better today," Robbins said. "I made a few mistakes on my fast lap; I had two wheels off exiting turn 16 and had to lift a little. I am satisfied with my effort, I have less than 40 laps in the car and I am still learning the characteristics of the tires."