By Patrick Rall
The folks from the American LeMans Series made the
announcement today that the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R race program will officially
debut in August 4th at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. There has been plenty of rumors and
speculation about when the new Viper would attack the ALMS but now we know that
the new Viper race debut is less than a month away.
The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R will arrive in the American LeMans
Series with two factory-backed teams; one being silver with blue trim, sporting
the Forza Motorsport 4 sponsor and the number 91 while the other car will be
silver with bright yellow trim, with the main sponsor being Pennzoil Ultra and
wearing the number 93.
These two 2013 Viper race cars
will be piloted full time by Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany; Marc
Goossens of Geel, Belgium; and Kuno Wittmer from Montreal, Canada. Texan Ryan Hunter-Reay will do some driving
duties for the SRT Viper GTS-R team during longer endurance races – although the
ALMS announcement of the Viper’s return did not mention which drivers will be
driving which cars. The release does say
that there will be more driver and team announcements – presumably the exact
driver lineup for the two Viper teams at their debut in Ohio.
“We’re thrilled to return to the world-class competition in
the American Le Mans Series with our flagship American supercar,” said Ralph
Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “The
new SRT Viper GTS-R represents a rebirth for us on the race track. It
epitomizes the best of what our new SRT performance brand represents and
showcases the Viper’s natural affinity for road courses. Now the time has
finally come to go head-to-head with the best sports car teams from around the
To get Viper fans excited about the August 4th
debut of the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R at Mid-Ohio, the ALMS folks added a video to
this morning’s announcement showing the Viper GTS-R being tested with Kimo
Wittmer at the helm. Crank up your
speakers because the sound on this video of the race-ready Viper is incredible.