By Patrick Rall
Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology division has
announced that they will have a major presence at the return of the Detroit
Belle Isle Grand Prix next week – including an exclusive area for SRT owners to
park their vehicles and enjoy the race with other Mopar diehards.
The SRT fan package costs $150 and includes parking on Belle
Isle in the special SRT Car Corral parking area for June 2nd and 3rd,
two grandstand tickets for Saturday and Sunday and with two Paddock passes for
both days – giving you and a guest access to check out some of the high
performance cars racing around Detroit’s Belle Isle road course. Those who opt for the SRT ticket package will
also receive meal vouchers as well as having their SRT vehicle entered into a
virtual car show on Facebook with the winners receiving “valuable prizes”. These passes are only available by clicking
here and visiting DriveSRT.com.
It is interesting that SRT is so involved with the Detroit
Belle Isle Grand Prix considering that the four racing leagues who will compete
don’t have any Chrysler Group products in their fields. Two of the classes are open wheel and really don’t
apply to the Chrysler Group and the other two – while packed with lots of
competition from Ford, GM and a variety of European and Japanese competitors – don’t
have any registered Dodge or SRT entrants.
There has been speculation that the 2013 SRT Viper, SRT
Viper GTS and SRT Viper GTS-R could be in attendance to show off the newest
Chrysler supercar to race fans in Detroit.
These rumors have not been confirmed but considering that SRT is putting
so much effort into getting people to the event – we expect that there has to
be something special planned.
Could it be that the new 2013 SRT Viper will be entering
either the Grand Am Rolex or the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge – both of which
feature plenty of cars that the Viper will face in the American LeMans Series
later this year? With the Detroit Belle
Isle Grand Prix just a few weeks away – we could have some big Viper racing
news over the next month.