Detroit, Mich, --Tommy Archer was ready to win his team's home race, but he was thwarted by a mechanical failure during Sunday's Trans-Am Series race for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. The Clinton Township-based team was hoping for a strong finish to...
Detroit, Mich, --Tommy Archer was ready to win his team's home race, but he was thwarted by a mechanical failure during Sunday's Trans-Am Series race for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. The Clinton Township-based team was hoping for a strong finish to match Archer's qualifying run on the 2.136-mile Belle Isle road course. In only four races, the new team had already scored a second-place finish, a record race lap, a front-row start and an additional fast-five qualifying run.
Archer, of Duluth, Minn., started second on the 28-car grid in the No. 36 Cinjo Racing / Motorcity True Performance Viper. He was challenging polesitter Paul Gentilozzi of Lansing, Mich., for the race lead when the left rear axle failed on lap five of 42. The crew quickly replaced the axle, but lost five laps. Archer returned to the race on lap 12 in 24th place. He benefited from two subsequent caution periods and finished 19th.
In addition to its usual livery, the team carried the colors of Promise Village: Home for Children for the race and hosted a dozen of the home's children during the race weekend.
"It's a tough break. The team worked hard and we thought we had the Viper hooked up quite well. I was pushing Paul hard and I think we had something for later in the race. But it was just a mechanical failure, nobody's fault. Even though we were five laps down, I was running our car hard to see if we could turn it into a test session. It's unfortunate for Cinjo and the Promise Village, but we kept running and did the best we could for the team."
Joe Tranchida, Cinjo Racing owner:
"My goal for the team was to make improvements every weekend and that's what we've done. From a performance end, the car is getting better and we're right with the leaders. Qualifying second was an improvement this weekend and the team didn't give up."
Steven Veeder, Cinjo Racing general manager:
"The car let Tommy down today. We don't know what the problem was, but we'll figure it out and it won't happen again. Luckily, we got it back together, but it was a snakebite!"
Cinjo Racing Season At-A-Glance:
Sebring Qualify sixth, Finish fifth
Long Beach Quality sixth, Finish fourth
Mosport Qualify third, Finish second, new track record
Detroit Qualify second, Finish Nineteenth