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SRT Viper GTS-R Returns to American Le Mans Series Competition at Mid-Ohio

SRT, Viper GTS, American LeMans Series, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Posted July 16 2012 01:10 PM by Scott Ross 
Filed under: Mopar News, SCOTT ROSS

Here's your first look at the new SRT Viper GTS-R, set to debut at Mid-Ohio on August 4.


The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R will make its first on-track race appearance on August 4, in the American LeMans Series (ALMS) race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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Here's your first look at the new SRT Viper GTS-R, set to debut at Mid-Ohio on August 4.

“We’re thrilled to return to the world-class competition in the American Le Mans Series with our flagship American supercar,” says Ralph Gilles, President and CEO-RT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “The new SRT Viper GTS-R represents a rebirth for us on the race track. It epitomizes the best of what our new SRT performance brand represents and showcases the Viper’s natural affinity for road courses. Now the time has finally come to go head-to-head with the best sports car teams from around the world.”

SRT Motorsports partnered with Riley Technologies, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, on the design-and-build process of the new SRT Viper GTS-R race cars. The team will compete in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge, a three-hour American Le Mans Series (ALMS) endurance race presented by Tequila Patron.

Track-testiung the new SRT Viper GTS-R at Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, SC

“Racing has been a significant part of the illustrious history of Viper,” says Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations-SRT Brand and Motorsports. “Wins on the track, and continued development of our street cars along with our new 2013 SRT Viper models are proof of those lessons learned. Now with our new race team and the launch of the GTS-R, we’re excited and proud to begin writing more chapters in the racing history of the Viper beginning at Mid-Ohio.”

Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series, says the return of the SRT Viper to the series is one of 2012’s topannouncements.

“I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the significance of the SRT Viper returning to the top level of professional sports car racing,” Atherton says. “The Chrysler Group has a long, storied and very successful history of competing with the American Le Mans Series. The fact that they’re coming back concurrently with the introduction of the new production car, and doing it simultaneously, we would be hard-pressed to come up with a better-case scenario. What a great way for the SRT Viper to come back to racing!”

Is this how the competition will view the new SRT Viper GTS-R?

Two identical SRT Viper GTS-Rs will compete in the production-based GT class in the series. The GT class consists of production-based, moderately modified two-wheel-drive race cars. The SRT Viper GTS-R will compete against the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M3 GT, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, Ferrari F458 Italia, Lotus Evora and Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The GT class cars share many styling similarities to their showroom brands, and by series’ rules must have a minimum weight of 2,745 pounds. The cars produce between 450-500 horsepower with top speeds of up to 180 mph.

More than 30 SRT Motorsports team members were on hand for the most recent track test at Mid-Ohio.

“The decision to make our debut at Mid-Ohio is a result of the progress made with our testing program,” says Gary Johnson, who's the Road Racing Manager for SRT Motorsports. “The car has shown steady performance. Each test has met and more often exceeded our expectations, so we’ll see how things go at Mid-Ohio, and then make a decision about the rest of the 2012 season.”

Following the limited schedule this season, SRT Motorsports  will compete full time in ALMS in 2013.

Three full-time drivers currently are signed to drive including Dominik Farnbacher, from Ansbach, Germany; Marc Goossens from Geel, Belgium; and Kuno Wittmer from Montreal. Ryan Hunter-Reay from Fort Lauderdale, Florida will join the team for the longer endurance races. Additional driver and team announcements will be forthcoming.

(Courtesy SRT)

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