By Patrick Rall
On Friday, March 15th 2013 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time, SPEED TV will air a new documentary on the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R entitled “SRT Viper: Soul Survivor” – a 1 hour long in-depth look at the development of the current GTS-R racing program starting with its public debut in New York last April and running through the 2012 American LeMans Series. We can expect to get a look at the development of the new race car with the help of Riley Technologies as well as a look at the tough return to the ALMS for the mighty Mopar supercar last year.
The new 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R documentary airs on the eve of the Viper’s return to the 12 Hours of Sebring, which is the first stop on the 2013 ALMS season. This season will mark the first full endurance racing schedule in over a decade, following up to the shortened season that the #91 and #91 Vipers ran in 2012. The teams will be largely the same as they were in 2012 but both Viper teams bring a great deal more experience with the car and the competition for the 2013 season. It is that experience that has the Chrysler Group heads hoping that the Viper will have a far more successful season this year than the 2013 Viper did in its first season.
The good news is that both of the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R race teams did poorly enough last year that doing better in 2013 shouldn’t be all that difficult. With the first race scheduled to start at 10:45am in Florida so by Sunday morning, we should have a much better look at the state of the Viper racing program for the New Year. With testing having run all week long, both of the 2013 Viper teams have found themselves in the top of the GT class including posting the second best time in the class in the Wednesday test session and the 4th best time in today’s first main practice session.
Remember, SPEED TV, Friday March 15th, 8pm, Viper GTS-R documentary.