By Patrick Rall
The Chrysler Group announced this morning that the new blue hue that will grace the color chart of the 2014 SRT Viper will be named Competition Blue – a color name proposed by Patryk Skarzynski of Chicago Illinois as part of the “SRT Viper Color Contest.” Skarzynski’s entry of Competition Blue beat out Overtaking Blue and Viral Blue in the finals with those three colors having been picked out of the 11,000+ entries received since the contest was launched almost a month ago.
“This contest demonstrates just how strong and vocal the SRT and Viper community is; to receive more than 11,000 entries was rewarding. This contest was created for our brand loyalists to make them a part of SRT history,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We’re looking forward to seeing Competition Blue drape the skin of the 2014 SRT Viper.”
With Patryk Skarzynski’s entry of Competition Blue being chosen as the official name for this new Viper blue, he will receive a trip for two to the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway that will include some great seats to watch the race, a full outfit of SRT and Viper branded apparel, spending money while in Daytona and a special chance to meet SRT and Viper team engineers. Skarzynski and those SRT fans credited with entering Viral Blue and Overtaking Blue will all receive a “speed form” sculpture that displays the shape of the 2014 Viper – which will likely be painted Competition Blue – just for being chosen as a finalist.
It should be noted that with over 11,000 entries for the SRT Viper Color Contest, there is a good chance that more than one person entered with the name Competition Blue but Skarzynski is credited with being the first one to submit that color so he is the lucky winner of the Rolex 24 prize package…while also being able to forever brag that he named the 2014 SRT Viper Competition Blue paint code.