By Patrick Rall
April 14th 2012 will bring us the start of the
third installment of the racing series now known as the SRT Viper Cup – a 10
race season strictly featuring the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X. The 2012 SRT Viper Cup will have five stops
around the country starting in April and finishing up in October with a pair of
races in each location.
The format for the 2012 SRT Viper Cup is pretty much the
same as it has been in the past two years, with a field comprised strictly of
2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X battling for the end of season championship.
Points, prize money and Mopar vouchers going to every car in the SRT Viper Cup field regardless of where they place. The top three finishers of every race will also be the lucky recipients of Michilen bucks. Winners of the series will take home a check for a cool $10,000.
There are even new rules in place for this years cup that should help make the races more interesting for fans. They’ve opted to cut out qualifying rounds for sunday races. Instead, they’ll invert the finishing results from Saturday to create the starting grid for Sunday. Quite literally, the last will be first, and the first will be last.
One of the main “problems” for the Viper Cup in the past two seasons is that a small group of drivers would qualify at the front of both races and run away from the field as soon as the green flag dropped. Under the new rules, the quickest cars from the first race will have to work their way through the field if they want to win the Sunday race as well. This move should promote more passing and door-to-door racing, hopefully, making the race more exciting.
Each race will feature a pair of celebrity drivers who have been specially trained by the SRT folks to race the Viper ACR-X. For 2012, the Viper Cup will pay $2,000 in the name of the highest finishing celebrity and $1,000 to the second highest finishing celebrity in each event to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Since the Viper Cup started in 2010, the series has donated almost $80,000 to various charities. Breast cancer research of course is a great cause for because, honestly, we all love boobies.
The 2012 SRT Viper Cup will be televised on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus). Here are the race dates for your calendar. The 2012 season will take place at five locations, with only the Virigina International Raceway returning to the series from last year’s Cup.
April 14-15 – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia
May 12-13 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
July 7-8 – Virginia International Raceway – Alton, Virginia
August 25-26 – Monticello Motor Club – Monticello, New York
October 20-21 – Watkins Glen – Watkins Glen, New York