BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 29, 2006) – Dodge successfully took over the manufacturers’ point lead with their success at Road Atlanta, now five points ahead of a tied Cadillac and Porsche in the second position.
Along with leading the manufacturers point standings, Dodge has four drivers in the top-10 in driver points.
Tommy Archer (shown) posted a second place finish after an eyebrow-raising pass on the final straightaway of the final lap at Road Atlanta. It was his third podium in a row and his fifth of the season in Speed World Challenge GT Series competition. With the run in his No. 5 C3 Controls/Autohaus Motorsports/ SRT Dodge Viper, he put Dodge Motorsports into the lead in the Manufacturer’s Points Standings and sustains the momentum he began at Road America.
Archer led six laps and then battled the Cadillacs all day long. The first battle was with Max Angelelli in the No. 12 car, and the other was with front-runners Andy Pilgrim and Ron Fellows for the remainder of the race. He made the phenomenal pass for second position on the Cadillac of Ron Fellows in the final seconds of the race.
“I battled with these guys [winner Pilgrim and third-place finisher Fellows] all day. There wasn’t a battle with Max [Angelelli]. He had the ax out and he was coming after me,” said Archer after the race. “I was glad to be able to hang on to it when he made contact, but ever since that hit [from Angelelli] I think it knocked the toe out and the car was loose from then on.
“The race was great with these guys who finished on the podium with me. We all ran each other clean because I think there’s mutual respect there -- I won’t hurt them and they won’t hurt me,” Archer continued. “Ron [Fellows] and I just had a heck-of-a-time out there. I was going down into [turn] six a couple of times just giggling because I was having so much fun. “
When asked if he was confident coming into the final turn that he could make his Dodge Viper stick going into the pass on Fellows, Archer responded with a giggle.
“Yes (laughing)…..actually, no. It was one of those deals where I knew it was going to be close, but that’s my job. That’s what I do. You’ve got to go out there and do what you’ve go to do. I wasn’t sure it was going to stick, but it’s my job to try to make it stick.”