viper-cup.jpgby Ashley Fournier

    The fifth and sixth rounds of the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup Series are set to take place this weekend (July 9th-10th) at the historic Virginia International Raceway. What is setting these rounds apart from the others? It’s the 19 drivers that have entered to participate, a record number for the series!

    The weekend will already be thrilling with two races happening and so
    many participants, but adding to that excitement is a championship battle
    among race winners Ben Keating, Jeff Courtney and 21-year-old A.J.
    Morgan, a two-time winner in four races this season. The champion
    drivers will be joined by three first-time drivers, Brad Gorrondona,
    Bernie Katz and Marc Montour as well as Larry Carter, Eric Galerne and
    Ted Hughes who are returning to the series this weekend after missing
    the second round at New Jersey.

    The Dodge Viper Cup Series is all about helping out a good cause as
    well, having invited celebrity drivers to compete in the races for a
    charity. Guaranteed payouts to celebrity drivers following all 10 series
    races are donated to their charities of choice, with the highest
    finishing celebrity earning $2,000 and the next highest finishing
    celebrity receiving $1,000 for donation. Almost $50,000 was donated by
    Dodge Motorsports to different charities during last year’s series.

    Celebrity drivers competing this weekend at VIR are Chris Burandt, a
    professional snowmobiler and backcountry adventure guide, Brian Makse,
    an auto writer for major Canadian publications, and our very own Ralph
    , President and CEO, Street and Racing Technology and Motorsports
    for Chrysler Group LLC.

    “At the midpoint of our second season, we’re seeing some great
    competition in the Dodge Viper Cup series in 2011, said Ralph Gilles,
    “With our largest field ever this weekend at VIR, it’s certainly setting
    up to be an exciting and close race to crown the series champion later
    this year at Daytona.”

    With only four races left after this weekend, the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup
    Series ends October 23rd at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona
    Beach, Florida.

    Content courtesy of Chrysler