By Patrick Rall
The modern SRT Viper race teams struggled in their early races of the 2012 and 2013 American LeMans Series but after this weekend’s 3rd place class finish in the 2014 Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway, it looks like the Viper teams have finally figured out the winning equation. Sure, the #91 Viper finished 3rd – not 1st – so it wasn’t exactly a winning equation but the #91 SRT Viper team was the fastest GTLM car in practice, the fastest GTLM car in qualifying and for much of the race, the #91 car was the fastest GTLM car in the 24 hour endurance event.
The #91 SRT Viper was 12 laps behind the class leader with about 14 hours left in the race and that Viper was fast enough to make up 8 of those laps before the end of the race. The #91 was so fast that he was able to pass the leaders of the class 8 times so imagine if that group hadn’t gone 12 laps down due to the power steering problem…they would have likely crushed the field and won by a landslide.
Based on these simple factors, do you think that 2014 will be the year where the SRT Viper race teams finally realize similar success to the Viper teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s? Click here to head into the forum to tell us whether or not you think that the Rolex 24 is the beginning of a great season for Team SRT.