Viper has announced its return this year to the most important endurance race in the world – the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.
SRT Motorsports today accepted an invitation from the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) to field two SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the LM GTE Pro class of the 2013 24 Heures du Mans, scheduled on June 22-23. This marks the official return of the Viper sports car to Le Mans after finishing one-two in the GTS class three consecutive years – 1998 to 2000.
“Racing is truly a part of the illustrious history of Viper and a proving ground for the SRT brand. Historically the Viper GTS-R has enjoyed great success at Le Mans, so we couldn’t be more excited and proud to accept the challenge to return to France and continue composing the next chapter in the history of Viper racing at such an historic venue,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports.
SRT Motorsports teamed with Riley Technologies on the design-and-build process of the SRT Viper GTS-R. Two identically prepared cars returned to competition last year at Mid-Ohio, the first of four test-and-tune races in preparation for a full 2013 schedule in the GT class in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
SRT Motorsports’ driver lineup currently includes Marc Goossens, Tommy Kendall, Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and Jonathan Bomarito. Additional team announcements will be revealed at a later date.