viper cup week 1.jpgThis past weekend kicked off the third season of the Viper
    Cup, now sporting the SRT brand name rather than Dodge, but just like last
    season the 2012 SRT Viper Cup is packed full of factory built Viper SRT10 ACR-X
    race cars.  For the first two-race event
    of 2012, the Vipers headed to Braselton Georgia and the Road Atlanta race
    course with the Saturday race being a 25 minute timed event while Sunday
    brought a longer, 40 minute race. 

    As is the case with every Viper Cup race since the series
    began in 2010, the first weekend of the 2012 SRT Viper Cup featured a pair of
    celebrity drivers racing for charity. 
    For this event, the celebrities were author/experienced racer Burt Levy
    and former WWF wrestler/well known car collector Bill Goldberg.  These guys, like all of the celebrities that
    will race in the 2012 SRT Viper Cup will be doing so to benefit the National
    Breast Cancer Coalition.

    In the 25 minute Saturday race, Ben Keating started the 2012
    Viper Cup season as well as he finished the 2011 season – qualifying on the
    pole position and never looking back as he went on to win the first race of the
    season at Road Atlanta.  David Pintaric
    finished second in his Viper ACR-X while David Maczyk finished third.  For the celebrity drivers, things didn’t go
    so well as Burt Levy finished 8th while Bill Goldberg was involved
    in a “mishap” and finished 12th. 
    This race will air on the NBC Sports Network on May 9 at 4:30pm and
    again on Oct 21 at 4:00pm.

    The second race of the 2012 SRT Viper Cup season came on
    Sunday with a timed 40 minute dash featuring the new qualifying system.  In the first two Viper Cup seasons, there
    were individual qualifying rounds for both the Saturday and Sunday race but for
    2012, there is qualifying for the Saturday race while the starting grid for the
    Sunday race is determined by flipping the order of finish from the Saturday
    race.  This meant that reigning champion
    Ben Keating would have to start at the rear of the field after winning the Saturday
    race but by lap five, he had already worked his way up to second place although
    he trailed leader Eric Galerne by a fair distance.  Luckily for Keating, a caution came out on
    lap 13 that allowed him to catch up to Galerne and by lap 16, Keating had taken
    the lead.  From there, Keating would go
    on to win the 40 minute event – completing 23 laps to win the second race of
    the season.  David Pintaric once again
    finished second while Louis-Philippe Montour came in third.  Bill Goldberg again finished 12th
    while Burt Levy finished in the 9th spot.  For their efforts this weekend, $3,000 will
    be donated to breast cancer research.

    Unfortunately for Ben Keating, early in the race he made
    contact with the Viper ACR-X of driver Trevor Nelson and after the race, Nelson
    complained to race officials about said contact.  The race officials ruled that Keating could
    have avoided that contact and because of the rough driving, he was penalized 32
    in the season standings. Because of that, even though Keating has won both of the
    races this year, he trails David Pintaric by 5 points in the run for the
    championship.  This race will air on the
    NBC Sports Network on May 16 at 4:30pm with an encore presentation on Oct 28 at

    The next stop for the 2012 SRT Viper Cup is at Road America
    on May 12th and 13th.