Tommy Archer

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Tommy Archer
54 Tommy Archer 2016 TA2 Road America.jpg
2016 TA2 car at Road America
Born (1954-11-16) November 16, 1954 (age 65)
Duluth, Minnesota
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
5 races run over 3 years
Best finish50th (1995)
First race 1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race 1999 O'Reilly Auto Parts 275 (Topeka)
WinsTop tens Poles
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Tommy Archer (born November 16, 1954) is an American professional racing driver. He has competed in International Motor Sports Association, Sports Car Club of America, Trans-Am Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans and National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing events.

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Racing career

Archer started his racing career in ice racing, running Porsches borrowed from his father's car dealership. [1] He later attempted the SCCA Runoffs, finishing second in 1980. [2] Along with his brother Bobby, Archer won an IMSA championship in 1984. [2] The duo also ran road races with Porsche Le Car entries throughout the 1980s. [3] In 1986, they won the SCCA drivers' championship. [4] Late in the 1980s, Archer also drove Jeeps in the SCCA truck series. [5] In 1987, Archer qualified fastest in the GTO class of the 24 Hours of Daytona. [6] From 1989 to 1996, the brothers won an additional eight SCCA championships. [2]

Archer also dabbled in the Trans-Am Series, helping Dodge enter victory lane. [2] He debuted in the Trans-Am Series in 1992 and claimed a race win at Detroit Belle Isle. [7] In both 1998 and 1999, Archer claimed the runner-up spot in the 24-hour race in Le Mans, France. [2] The runs while Archer drove for Oreca. [8] He also spent a stint driving in the American Le Mans Series. [9] At the end of the 2004 season, he won the SCCA World Challenge title. [2] Archer contined running SCCA events until the late 2000s. [10] In 2015 and 2016, Archer raced Trans-Am cars again. [11]

Personal life

Archer is a prostate cancer survivor. [12] He is also a Coldwell Banker-affiliated real estate agent. [13] He and his brother formerly operated an auto parts store in Duluth, Minnesota. [14]

Motorsports career results

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

YearTrackCarEngineClassFinishStartStatus
1980 Road Atlanta Renault LeCar Renault GT421Retired

24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1997 Flag of France.svg Viper Team Oreca Flag of France.svg Soheil Ayari
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Marc Duez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT276DNFDNF
1998 Flag of France.svg Viper Team Oreca Flag of Monaco.svg Olivier Beretta
Flag of Portugal.svg Pedro Lamy
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GT231213th2nd
1999 Flag of France.svg Viper Team Oreca Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Justin Bell
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Marc Duez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS31812th2nd
2000 Flag of France.svg Viper Team Oreca Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Marc Duez
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Patrick Huisman
Chrysler Viper GTS-R GTS32412th5th

NASCAR

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
YearTeamNo.Make123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627NCTCPts
1995 Archer Motorsports 03 Ford PHO
18
TUS SGS MMR POR EVG I70 LVL BRI MLW CNS HPT
10
IRP FLM RCH
27
MAR NWS SON MMR PHO 50th325
1998 Westbrook Racing 4 Dodge WDW
36
HOM
DNQ
PHO POR EVG I70 GLN TEX BRI MLW NZH CAL PPR IRP NHA FLM NSV HPT LVL RCH MEM GTY MAR SON MMR PHO LVS 100th77
1999 K-Automotive Motorsports 29 Ford HOM PHO EVG MMR MAR MEM PPR I70 BRI TEX PIR GLN MLW NSV NZH MCH NHA IRP GTY HPT
16
RCH LVS LVL TEX CAL 85th120

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