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New Viper GT3-R being prepped

by David Zatz on
2014 Dodge Viper GT3-R
Chrysler and Riley Motorsports are planning to unveil the country’s first mass-produced GT3-based car by the 24 Hours of Daytona race, four months away. The United SportsCar Racing (USCR) season opens in January.
The V10-powered car will be eligible, as delivered, for competition in series sponsored by USCR, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), North American Road Racing Association (NARRA), and the Pirelli World Challenge GT Class and International GT3 Championships.
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2014 dodge srt viper gt3-rRiley Technologies’ Ben Keating was first in line to purchase a SRT Viper GT3-R from Riley Technologies earlier this year, to compete full-time in the USCR’s GT Daytona Class in 2014.

Netherlands native Jeroen Bleekemolen has been named primary co-driver for the #33 car.

A Houston native, Mr. Keating won the SRT Viper Cup championships in 2011 and 2012, and will compete in the newly formed GT Daytona Class, which mixes professional and amateur drivers.

The last Viper GT3 car debuted in 2005 and went on to win two GT3 championships and a World Challenge GT title. That car was based on the GTS-R program dating back to 1996.

Mr. Bleekemolen, the co-driver, won the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year, and was on the winning team the past two years in the GT3 Class at the 24 Hours of Dubai. He claimed the GTC championship in the American Le Mans Series in 2010. He was the 2001 FIA GT1 co-champion driving a Viper.

“I think the Viper is going to be one of the best cars in the GT Daytona Class,” said Bleekemolen. “That’s one of the main reasons I’m pleased to join this team. The team is very strong and the Viper is one of the best cars out there. I raced the Oreca Viper back in 2001 for the GT1 championship, so I have some experience with the Viper.”

Current development timelines have the GT3-R’s first on-track testing set for next month as the team prepares for the first official USCR test, and the GT3-R‘s first public appearance, in November.
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