Archer Fastest in SPEED GT Morning Practice at Miller Motorsports Park
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No 5 MOPAR/Autohaus Motorsports Dodge Viper of Tommy Archer - Photo credit ©SCCA/Mark Weber
TOOELE, Utah (May 17, 2007) - Tommy Archer, of Duluth, Minn., led the field in morning practice for Round Three of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship, part of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park. Doug Peterson, of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., completed the top three.

Driving the No. 5 MOPAR/Autohaus Motorsport Dodge Viper, Archer's fast lap of 2:56.616 (91.439 mph), was more than 1.5 seconds quicker around the 4.486-mile, 24-turn road course than Peterson, but Archer was quick to play down the large deficit.

"Looking at last year's times, the pole is probably going to be in the 2:55's," Archer said. "But nobody wants to come out in the first practice session and go that fast. We went fast compared to what everybody else did, but I'm pretty sure if everyone else was going fast we probably wouldn't be the quickest car out there."

"This track is 4.4-miles and 24-turns, and there are lots of different types of turns. There's so much give and take that you have to decide which turns you want to give up to take the good ones. We're working on that right now. Last year we didn't have the greatest race here because of other issues and I'd like to come out of here with a good finish."

Peterson led a pack of six cars in the 2:58 range with a 2:58.130 (90.661 mph) behind the wheel of his No. 87 3-Dimensional Services/LG Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.

Current point leader Curran finished the session third-quick in his No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette with a time of 2:58.194 (90.629 mph).

After pacing the SCCA SPEED Touring Car practice, Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., found himself fourth fastest in the SCCA SPEED GT morning practice. The No. 22 K-PAX Racing LLC/Jim Haughey Porsche 911 GT3 pilot turned a fast time of 2:58.212 (90.620 mph)

Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas, Texas, completed the top five in his No. 28 LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevrolet Corvette with a time of 2:58.416 (90.516 mph).

The second SCCA SPEED GT practice session will take place this afternoon at 4:55 p.m. (MDT). Qualifying will commence at 11:30 a.m. (MDT) on Friday. Saturday's Round Three race is scheduled to go green at 9:45 a.m. (MDT).

For all the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge event coverage from Miller Motorsports Park, including live timing and lap notes, visit www.world-challenge.com

TOOELE, Utah - Results from the first practice for Saturday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Round Three race, part of the 2007 Larry H. Miller Dealers Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park, with position, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time, and speed in miles per hour.

1, (5), Tommy Archer, Duluth, Minn., Dodge Viper, 2:56.616, 91.439.
2, (87), Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette, 2:58.130, 90.661.
3, (30), Eric Curran East Hampton, Mass., Chevrolet Corvette, 2:58.194, 90.629.
4, (22), Randy Pobst Gainesville, Ga., Porsche 911 GT-3, 2:58.212, 90.620.
5, (28), Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette, 2:58.416, 90.516.
6, (82), Michael McCann, North Canton, Ohio, Dodge Viper, 2:58.560, 90.443.
7, (31), Sonny Whelen, Old Saybrook, Conn., Chevrolet Corvette, 2:58.830, 90.307.
8, (8), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V, 2:59.207, 90.117.
9, (14), James Sofronas, Newport Beach, Calif., Porsche 911 GT-3, 2:59.542, 89.948.
10, (99), Jeff Courtney, Slinger, Wis., Dodge Viper, 2:59.699, 89.870.
11, (05), Jason Daskalos(R), Albuquerque, N.M., Dodge Viper, 2:59.752, 89.843.
12, (2), Cindi Lux(R), Aloha, Ore., Dodge Viper, 2:59.878, 89.780.
13, (23), Michael Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Porsche 911 GT-3, 2:59.926, 89.757.
14, (56), Ritch Marziale, Tempe, Ariz., Dodge Viper, 2:59.935, 89.752.
15, (12), Brian Kubinski(R), Plainfield, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 3:00.028, 89.706.
16, (17), Rob Foster, Phoenix, Ariz., Dodge Viper, 3:00.100, 89.670.
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