By Patrick Rall
In addition to SRT CEO and President Ralph Gilles
introducing the new 2013 SRT Viper on Wednesday, the boss of the Street and
Racing Technology division introduced the all new SRT Viper GTS-R–a purpose-built race car headed for the American Le Mans Series. No indication has been given as to when the
Viper will hit the grid, but the new GTS-R will debut before the end of the season.
When the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R does show up in the ALMS GT
class lineup, there will be two factory backed teams with a pair of drivers for
each car. It is a diverse bunch with
Dominik Farnbacher from Germany, Marc Goossens from Belgium, Ryan Hunter-Reay
from Dallas, Texas and Kuno Wittmer from Montreal, Canada and with the
exception of Wittmen – the team has a great deal of ALMS experience and
success. These four drivers will do battle
with other production-based race cars from around the world including the BMW
E92 M3, the Chevrolet Corvette C-6 ZR1, the Ferrari F458 Italia, the Porsche
911 GT3 RSR and the Aston Martin Vantage V8.