Tommy Archer Biography
Family: Two children: daughters Pamela and Stephanie
Residence: Duluth, Minnesota / Treasure Island, Florida
Racing experience: SCCA World Challenge 2004 - 2008 PVO Development Driver 2003 PVO Development Driver 2002 Trans-Am Series 2001 Daytona/ALMS/Le Mans 2000 Le Mans/ALMS 1999 FIA GT/Le Mans 1998 FIA GT/Le Mans 1997 SCCA 1985 - 1996 IMSA 1981 - 1984 IIRA 1972 - 1987
Tommy Archer has been driving cars fast since he was fifteen years old. He learned most of his trade from the school of hard knocks. Never was there a day he didn’t learn something from somebody or from some circumstance.
Tommy has parlayed all of this experience into becoming probably the best known Dodge Viper driver in North America. He has been involved with the Dodge Viper racing project since 1995. He tested and developed the very first Dodge Viper GTSR.
All that testing developed into a ride on the factory backed Oreca championship Viper team. From there he took his expertise to wins and championship level in the SCCA Speed GT series with 8 wins in that highly competitive series.
Tommy has helped Dodge SRT develop many of their models. Most recently the Dodge Viper ACR suspension. As a race/Test driver he has logged thousands of miles in this fast and fun car. “I find enjoyment in making cars go faster and faster” says Tommy.
Tommy finds a lot of pleasure in helping his fans and friends enjoy their Dodge Viper experience by instructing and test driving their cars. The two of these put together makes for one sweet ride!
Career highlights: 2008 SCCA Speed GT – Partial season – 6 races, 3 pole positions at Miller Motorsports Park, Mid-Ohio, Elkhart Lake. Three wins at same 3 Tracks.
2007 SCCA Speed GT – Partial season with Autohaus Motorsports. Pole position and a win at Miller Motorsports Park.
2006 Joined Autohaus Motorsports, finished fifth in driver points with one win at Road America and pole positions at Long Beach, Road America and Road Atlanta
2005 Continued with 3R-Racing and placed second in the SCCA World Challenge Speed GT class on the strength of three wins at Sebring, St. Petersburg and Mosport
2004 Wins SCCA World Challenge Speed GT class championship with a win and a pole at Portland, reunited with engineer Will Moody at 3R Racing.
2003 Sabbatical from on-track competition, continued with Dodge to develop Viper Competition Coupe and worked as a private driving coach
2002 Archer has been concentrating on the development of the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe with PVO engineers. Archer also provides professional testing support for the road-going Dodge Viper SRT-10 development.
2001 Driver of the Cinjo Racing Viper in the BF Goodrich Trans-Am Series. Archer qualified on the pole twice, won the Portland race and scored podium finishes at Mosport and Houston, finished fourth in driver points.
2000 Competed with Dodge’s manufacturer-backed Viper Team Oreca in the full schedule of the American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Finished fifth overall in the Rolex 24-hour race at Daytona.
1999 Continued with Viper Team Oreca, racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 24 Hours of Le Mans – where he finished second in GTS class with teammates Justin Bell and Marc Duez – while continuing to develop the company’s Viper GTS-R race car, as well as the Dodge Ram NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry.
1998 Raced with Viper Team Oreca, finished second in class at Le Mans 24 Hours behind teammates Justin Bell, David Donohue and Luca Drudi. Also qualified for the Orlando NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in the toughest field of the year.
1997 Teamed up with Justin Bell for selected FIA GT Championship rounds; helped Chrysler Corporation win its first-ever international endurance racing driver’s and manufacturer’s title with a victory at Silverstone; had four other podium finishes driving the Dodge Viper GTS-R.
1993 Won the Lime Rock Trans-Am race driving a Dodge Daytona. Finished. fifth in points that year.
1992 Won the Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year Award driving a Dodge Daytona, with a third-place finish in the drivers’ standings. Won the Trans-Am round held in conjunction with the Detroit Grand Prix in a Dodge Daytona – the first Trans-Am win for the Dodge brand in 25 years.
1989-1996 Archer Brothers Racing (Tommy and Bobby Archer) won eight consecutive SCCA World Challenge Championships. Scored Eagle Talon’s first professional series win in 1989. Tommy also had a championship title in the SCCA truck series and overall wins at the 24 Hours of Mosport and Nelson Ledges.
1987, 1988 SCCA Escort Endurance Series champion, driving Corvette; also competed in the SCCA truck series winning the manufacturers championship for the Jeep brand.
1986 Scored Chevrolet’s first professional front-drive victory at Lime Rock Park’s IMSA event
1985 Raced Chevrolet Cavalier with brother Bobby in IMSA.
1984 Won seven of 16 races to capture the IMSA Champion Spark Plug Challenge national title for Renault.
1982 Competed in the IMSA Champion Spark Plug Challenge for Renault, scored first professional win from the pole position at Summit Point Raceway (W. Va.).
1980 Qualified on pole for the SCCA National Run-offs in first attempt, finished second to brother Bobby.
1975 Began road racing.
1972-1987 Captured seven national IIRA ice racing championships.
1971 Entered International Ice Racing Association (IIRA) rookie drivers’ school.
1970 Began autocross racing at the age of 16.