New SRT Viper GTS-R to make race debut image

Following months of speculation, Dodge is making a factory return to the American Le Mans Series competition with its 2012 SRT Viper GTS-R.

Two V10-powered Vipers running on Michelin tires will join the ALMS’s highly competitive GT class, resuming battle against entries from BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Lotus and Porsche.

“Racing has been a significant part of the illustrious history of Viper not only with significant wins on the track, but also in the continued development of the street cars,” said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO, Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

Four drivers currently are signed to drive including Dominik Farnbacher, from Ansbach, Germany; Marc Goossens from Geel, Belgium; Ryan Hunter-Reay from Dallas and Kuno Wittmer from Montreal. Additional driver and team announcements will be forthcoming.

The Viper’s last foray into American Le Mans Series racing was in 1999 and 2000, when the car took back-to-back GTS class and driver’s titles.

It also became the first American car to score an overall win at the 2000 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, and Vipers finished one-two at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Look for the 2013 Viper GTS-R to make its competition debut this summer, although a specific date or event has not yet been set.