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Vipers victorious at the Brickyard

by Bill Cawthon on

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Jonathan Bomarito and Kumo Wittmer participated in the traditional kissing of the bricks after winning the GT Le Mans class in Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This is the first Viper win of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season and it’s a major win for SRT Motorsports.

Driving the red No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT, Bomarito moved into the lead just under an hour from the race’s end and crossed the finish line 10.789 seconds ahead of the No. 62 Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer. Fisichella was also the fastest driver in the race and the No. 62 Risi Competizone team won the Green Challenge.

This is the second win for the Viper since Chrysler’s motorsports team returned to sports car racing on 2012.

The win, combined with a sixth-place class finish for Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx and an unfortunate eighth-place finish for Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher in the No. 91 Viper could move Bomarito and Wittmer into sole possession of second place.

Wittmer started from third on the grid and despite a very competitive opening hour of racing, the No. 93 cars was in fourth place when Bomarito took over after a pit stop.

Bomarito moved up, eventually taking the lead that he maintained through a final pit stop and onto the checkered flag.

Dominik Farnbacher started alongside Wittmer but his luck wasn’t as good. A Mazda Prototype hit the No. 91 Viper and knocked the passenger door loose. Then Farnbacher became entangled in a multi-car accident. Multiple pit stops to repair damage and 60-second penalty dashed the No. 91 team’s hopes of a third consecutive podium finish.

BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX: GT LE MANS CLASS
Class O/A Drivers Car No. Car Total Time Fastest Lap Status
1 14 Bomarito/Wittmer 93 Dodge Viper SRT 2:46:14.196 1:23.292 Running
2 16 Fisichella/Kaffer 62 Ferrari 458 Italia 2:46:24.985 1:23.248* Running
3 17 P.Long/Christensen 912 Porsche 911 RSR 2:46:25.333 1:23.987 Running
4 18 Magnussen/Garcia 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 2:46:32.662 1:23.760 Running
5 19 Gavin/Milner 4 BMW Z4 GTE 2:46:35.044 1:23.337 Running
6 20 Auberlen/Priaulx 55 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 2:46:47.471 1:23.790 Running
7 21 Müller/J.Edwards 56 BMW Z4 GTE 2:46:50.404 1:23.744 Running
8 24 D.Farnbacher/Goossens 91 Dodge Viper SRT 2:46:07.679 1:23.636 Running
9 28 Henzler/Sellers 17 Porsche 911 RSR 2:46:10.898 1:23.659 Running
10 44 Tandy/Lietz 911 Porsche 911 RSR 1:48:29.978 1:23.437 Not Running
*Race lap record

Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen took third place in GT Daytona with the 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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