ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Jan. 31, 2005) -- 3R-Racing will return to the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Speed GT series with three Dodge Viper Competition Coupes to be driven by 2004 driver’s champion Tommy Archer as well as top ten points finishers Tim Wiens and Phil McClure.
In 2004 Tommy Archer won the GT Drivers’ Championship by posting consistent top five finishes and a win at Portland. 3R-Racing owner and driver, Tim Wiens finished the season ninth in driver points with a best finish of fifth at Portland. Phil McClure will switch over from his Corvette to Viper this year looking to improve on his sixth place points position in ’04.
“With the success we had last year running the Viper Competition Coupes, we decided to focus the team on running one make,” said Tim Wiens, 3R team owner and driver of the number 3 3R Viper. “Tommy’s driver’s title last year was hard earned by the team. The experience that 3R-Racing’s Team Manager Bob Raub together with Will Moody has amassed with the Viper should give us a nice start to challenge for the manufacturers title this year. We are also looking forward to running two street races with the IRL in St. Petersburg and then with Champ Car in our hometown of Denver.”
Tommy Archer will carry the #1 on his Viper Competition Coupe as defending champion. “The goal for ’05 is clear, defend the Drivers’ Championship. We had a lot of luck on our side last year winning the title running a consistent and well-prepared car. I think we will need to show more speed in qualifying and run at the front of the field to repeat. The front half of the grid will be even more competitive this year. Now, with a full year together, our expectations are for a good result at Sebring to start off 2005.”
Phil McClure will shed the Chevy Bowtie and run the #2 3R Viper. “It will be fun to drive the Viper. I wanted to start with it seven years ago, but went with the Corvette instead. I drive one on the street, so it will be nice to race one on the track. As a result of Cadillac, Volvo and Porsche improving their cars and drivers, it should be really tough at the front of the field. With three cars I am sure we will be able to combine all our input to make all three faster on every weekend. The Viper is a couple of hundred pounds heavier than the Corvette, but Tommy and Will were able to overcome some of that last year, and now we have a year’s worth of quality data on the car, so Sebring won’t be all new.”
“3R-Racing ran a very competitive effort in 2004 and Tommy did a great job to run consistently to win the Drivers’ Championship,” said Dan Knott, Chrysler Group’s Director of Racing Technology. “We have encouraged Tim to run three cars this year and combined with the other quality Vipers in the GT field, we are hoping to compete for the manufacturer’s title as well as defend the driver’s crown.”