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Viper returning to Le Mans

by David Zatz on

Following the launch of a new Viper and four races this past summer, the SRT Motorsports team is planning a full-time return to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2013.

The Viper had three top-10 finishes in the four ALMS events it entered; the team is planning to have two Viper GTS-R cars to work with in 2013, as it did in its late summer campaign.

SRT Motorsports partnered with Riley Technologies to design and build the competition-ready, non-street-legal SRT Viper GTS-R.

The Viper’s racing heritage began in 1996 with the first Dodge Viper racing entry, the original GTS-R, which earned five international GT championships and the 1997-1999 FIA GT championships. It also posted an overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 – the first for a production-based American car.

Viper finished one-two at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in GTS class in three consecutive years, 1998-2000, and also captured GTS Class and driver’s championships in the American Le Mans Series in 1999 along with the Series Class, manufacturer’s and driver’s championships in 2000.

The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, launched in 2003, continued the on-track prowess by capturing the 2004 SCCA Speed World Challenge GT title, championships in Formula D Drifting series in 2004 and 2006 and the British GT Championship in 2007 and 2008.

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