Sebring, Florida - Tommy Archer, driving the number 36 Cinjo Racing/Motor City True Performance/Viper, qualified in a competitive sixth for the first round of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup race in Sebring. On the sixth lap of ...
Sebring, Florida - Tommy Archer, driving the number 36 Cinjo Racing/Motor City True Performance/Viper, qualified in a competitive sixth for the first round of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup race in Sebring.
On the sixth lap of qualifying, Archer put the Viper on the third row of the grid with a time of 2:05.476 and a speed of 106 mph. This was the first qualifying session ever for the team. The fact that the car missed the Trans Am Fast Five bonus points and money by two one-hundredths of a second is a great beginning.
Since the car was completed just recently, the Cinjo team is using the Sebring race as an extended test session. With a constant focus on changing shocks, springs and sway bar settings, the crew, headed by Will Moody, is trying to find the set-up that Archer needs to take the Viper to the front of the pack.
Quotes after qualifying:
Tommy Archer, driver, #36 Viper: "This is really an extended test for us. The team is gelling, and we are making huge improvements with every practice session. With a new car and a new team, we are really pleased with our qualifying effort. I think the car will race well."
Joe Tranchida, owner Cinjo Racing: "We picked up a lot since yesterday, so the changes the guys are making are taking us in the right direction. We are working on finding more time in the car, but sixth on the grid with a brand new car is a great start to the season." <pre> Qualifying: 1. Boris Said Mustang 2:03.885 2. Johnny Miller Jaguar 2:04.155 3. Lou Gigliotti Corvette 2:04.265 4. Kenny Wilden Corvette 2:04.361 5. Paul Gentilozzi Jaguar 2:04.808 6. Tommy Archer Viper 2:05.476 7. Stu Hayner Mustang 2:05.994 8. Michael Lewis Jaguar 2:06.309 9. Max LaGod Corvette 2:06.340 10. Justin Bell Corvette 2:06.771
</pre> The green flag will fly for the 27 lap, 99.9-mile Trans-Am race at 3:50 p.m. on Friday and will be televised on Speedvision at 8:00 p.m. the same day.