The Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT not so kind to the Vipers

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Today marked the first two practice sessions along with the
qualifying run for the American LeMans Series Baltimore Sports Car Challenge
presented by SRT but in the early going – the event sponsored by the brand
behind the new SRT Viper GTS-R race teams has not been so kind to the two Viper

During the first run of practice, the #93 SRT Viper GTS-R
sponsored by Pennzoil Ultra and driven by the duo of Marc Goossens and Tommy Kendall
ranked 13th (last) in the GT Class and 27th overall on
the 2 mile city course with a best lap of 1:35.072.  Things were not much better for the #91 Forza
Motorsport Viper GTS-R driven by Kumo Wittmer and Dominic Farnbacher, which
turned in a best lap of 1:34.227
– placing them 11th in the GT class and 24th overall. For
comparison, the quickest car in the first practice session from the ALMS GT
class with the Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 driven by Gavin and Milner with a lap
of 1:30.580.

As the
field took the field for the second practice session of the day, the hotter
weather slowed the field as a whole but the session was unfortunately shortened
when Dominic Farnbacher slammed the #91 Viper GTS-R into the wall in turn
#9.  The accident caused a red flag
situation and the rest of the practice session was officially canceled.  Things were only slightly better for the #93
Viper GTS-R but with the field as a whole being slower in round 2, the #93
Viper’s time of 1:35.072 moved them up to the 25th place overall –
even though they were still the slowest car in the class.

There was
some good news and some bad news for the Viper teams come qualifying.  The bad news was that the crash by Farnbacher
prevented the #91 Viper from entering qualifying and there has been no word
thus far whether the car will be ready to race tomorrow.  However, the good news is that during
qualifying, the #93 Viper GTS-R driven by Marc Goossens turned in their best
lap of the weekend with a pass of
1:33.526.  This places the Pennzoil Ultra Viper in the 9th
place in the GT class for Saturday’s race and the 22nd spot overall –
both of which are significant improvements compared to the practice sessions.

The 2 hour long Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by
SRT is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 4:30pm EST and you can catch the action
live by watching on the ESPN3 app on your Xbox360 or on the ALMS website.  Those who don’t have an Xbox360 (or a good
internet connection to watch streaming video) can catch the action on ABC on
Sunday, September 2nd at noon EST. 
There will also be an encore presentation at 4am on Wednesday September
5th on ESPN2 for you night owls.

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