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    This past weekend, the two 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R teams hit
    the pavement of Road Atlanta for the American LeMans Series Petit Le Mans –
    marking the end of the new Viper race program’s inaugural season.  Unfortunately, with finishes of 8th
    and 13th in the GT Class of 13 cars, the Petit Le Mans didn’t end up
    a whole lot better than the other races in which the new Viper GTS-R teams have
    participated but there were some important bright spots at the teams prepare
    for a full 2013 ALMS season.

    During the week-long practice session and into qualifying, with
    both the #93 Pennzoil Ultra 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R and the #91 Breast Cancer
    Deadline 2020 Viper GTS-R running in the middle of the 13 car GT Class
    field.  Once qualifying was completed, Marc
    Goossens had put the #93 Viper in the 6th starting spot while the
    #91 Viper driven by Dominik Farnbacher qualified in the 10th
    position.  Unfortunately, due to the fact
    that the #91 Viper GTS-R team did not meet the minimum required number of laps during
    the final evening practice, they were in violation of the qualifying rules –
    forcing the #91 to start at the back of the field.  Fortunately, the #02 Ferrari F458 Italia team
    failed to past the post qualifying tech inspection so the #91 Viper got to
    start in the 12th place in class; 39th overall in the 42
    car field.  Due to the penalty handed to
    the #02 Ferrari team, the #93 Viper actually started in the 5th spot
    in the class and the 23rd overall position.

    Early in the race, things were going well as both of the
    2013 SRT Viper GTS-R race teams gradually worked their way towards the front of
    the field.  In fact, on lap 66, the #91 Breast
    Cancer Deadline 2020 driven by Dominik Farnbacher took the class lead and held
    the position for 17 laps before he dove into the pits for gas, tires and a
    driver change.  However, as time went on,
    the #91 Viper wasn’t able to maintain his class lead, forcing the silver and
    blue Viper to settle for an 8th place GT Class finish and 20th
    overall.  Also, the #91 Viper was also
    one of just 4 cars in the GT Class to post a lap time under the 80 second mark
    as the charity-sponsored SRT race car finished a total of 369 laps…6 laps
    behind class-winning Ferrari #01.

    Things didn’t go quite so well for the #93 SRT Viper GTS-R
    as transmission problems put the faster of the two qualifying Vipers in and out
    of the pits all day.  The Viper driven by
    Tommy Kendall, Marc Goossens and Jason Bomarito completed just 170 laps along
    with being on the track for only 7 hours and 50 minutes (the other Viper was on
    the track for 9 hours and 38 minutes). 
    The result was a disappointing last place finish in the GT Class and an
    overall spot of 39th in the 42 car field.

    The good news is that the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R teams showed
    that they were competitive so as both teams prepare to run a full schedule with
    the American LeMans Series in 2013 – the teams and the drivers gained a great
    deal of experience for next season.

    Click here to head into the DodgeForum.com racing section to discuss the final race of the ALMS season!