Confirmed: SRT VIper GTS-R in 24 Hours of Le MansSaturday, February 2, 2013 8:11 by Arman Barari
SRT officially confirmed that two factory-supported SRT Viper GTS-Rs will compete in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious endurance race. The Vipers will race in the LM GTE Pro class in hope to repeat the success of their ancestors. They won the GTS class three times in a row from 1998 to 2000.
To help the Viper in its return to the world’s biggest motor race, SRT has teamed up with Riley Technologies, who are trusted with the job of turning the Viper GTS into a racing machine. They started working on the racing Vipers last year and made track debut at the Mid-Ohio race, the first of four test-and-tune races in preparation for a full 2013 schedule in the GT class in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
The driver lineup includes SRT Motorsports driver Marc Goossens, plus Tommy Kendall, Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and Jonathan Bomarito. Additional team announcements will be revealed at a later date.
“Racing is truly a part of the illustrious history of Viper and a proving ground for the SRT brand,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “Historically the Viper GTS-R has enjoyed great success at Le Mans, so we couldn’t be more excited and proud to accept the challenge to return to France and continue composing the next chapter in the history of Viper racing at such an historic venue.”