|De Retour! Viper Set for Return to 24 Heures du Mans With SRT Motorsports|
| • Two factory-supported SRT Viper GTS-Rs will compete in famous 24-hour endurance race in France in June |
February 1, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - It's official: Viper will return this year to the stage of some of its most impressive past road-racing performances – 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, June 22-23, officially returning the Viper sports car to one of the most prestigious automobile endurance races in the world. The Viper finished one-two at the 24 Heures du Mans in GTS class competition 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,' said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. '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.' Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports, and SRT Motorsports driver Marc Goossens were on hand at today's press conference in Paris to officially accept the invitation. 'The new SRT Viper GTS-R represents a rebirth for us in road racing by bringing an elevated level of technical sophistication to the track,' Paretta said. 'The invitation to return to the 24 Heures du Mans gives SRT Motorsports and the SRT Viper GTS-R the opportunity to compete on a stage with the best sports car teams from around the world.' SRT Motorsports teamed with Riley Technologies, based in Mooresville, N.C., 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) presented by Tequila Patrón. In addition to Goossens, drivers returning to the SRT Motorsports lineup for 2013 will be Tommy Kendall, Kuno Wittmer, Dominik Farnbacher and Jonathan Bomarito. Additional team announcements will be revealed at a later date. The Viper's successful racing heritage began in 1996 with its first racing entry, the original GTS-R, which earned five international GT championships and the 1997 to 1999 FIA GT championships in addition to the three consecutive one-two finishes at the 24 Heures du Mans in the GTS class. The Viper posted an amazing overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 – the first for a production-based American car. Viper also captured GTS class and driver's championships in ALMS competition in 1999 along with the series' class, manufacturer's and driver's championship in 2000 before retiring from the series. About SRT and SRT Motorsports The Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots. The SRT lineup in the 2013 model year features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are joined by the SRT flagship Viper and Viper GTS models, which are making their highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market. The engineering expertise within SRT extends well beyond its high-performance street vehicles. Technical support for the Chrysler Group's various racing programs is provided by the astute engineers at SRT Motorsports, where lessons learned on the race track directly translate to improved vehicles for the company's customers.
|TEQUILA PATRÓN ESM RUNS FIRST LAPS IN HONDA COUPEShakedown test for new HPD ARX-04b Honda coupe|
◾Extreme Speed Motorsports' Scott Sharp takes the wheel for initial run
◾Race debut set for Rolex 24 at Daytona
Dec 15, 2014 -- Tequila Patrón ESM attacked the 2015 sports car racing season today by running the all-new Honda Performance Development ARX-04b Honda prototype coupe for the first time. Tequila Patrón ESM principal Scott Sharp was first inside the enclosed-cockpit racing machine.
'This HPD coupe is very exciting for us, there has ....
|IMSA RELEASES 2015 SPORTING REGULATIONS, TECHNICAL REGULATIONS TO COMPETITORSDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 11, 2014) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today delivered its 2015 sporting regulations and technical regulations to teams entered to participate in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2015 in advance of the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 three-day test at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 9-11.|
'We requested and received feedback from the TUDOR Championship paddock and the overwhelming desire was to establish consistency as we....
|ACURA TLX GT PROGRAM EXPANDS FOR 2015◾Second RealTime Racing Acura to be driven by Ryan Eversley|
◾Touring Car winner moves up to Pirelli World Challenge
◾Joins Peter Cunningham in expanded Acura Motorsports effort
Dec 11, 2014 - TORRANCE, Calif. -- Acura Motorsports announced today that Ryan Eversley, a frequent Touring Car race winner and championship contender, will join RealTime Racing and veteran team owner/driver Peter Cunningham for an expanded two-car Acura TLX GT effort in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge.
|MAZDA POWERS INDY LIGHTS IN 2015• Mazda Enters Third Decade of Open-Wheel Racing with Addition of Indy Lights|
INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 11, 2014 -- Mazda announced the addition of Mazda-power in the all-new 2015 Dallara Indy Lights chassis at the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. This was the latest development in its ongoing commitment to motorsports, which includes the Mazda Road to Indy, the most comprehensive driver development system in the world.
While most noted for success in sports cars....
|NASA'S 25 HOURS OF THUNDERHILL PRESENTED BY HAWK PERFORMANCE READY FOR THE GREENNAPA VALLEY (Dec. 3, 2014) — The 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Brakes is ready to take the green flag this weekend. Top teams and drivers are preparing for the twice around the clock plus one hour event sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) to run at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif., Dec 6-7.|
The grudge match will continue between Mazda new car dealers and the Robert Davis led team of Mazda factory guys. Last year it was the dealers who won the inte....
|THE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE US RACE DRIVER AND ACTOR CONTINUES IN 2015Atlanta. Patrick Dempsey will tackle the 2015 motorsport season at the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, including the world famous Le Mans 24-hour race. The American actor and race driver, who thrills fans all over the world in his role as 'McDreamy' in the medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy', has been following his passion for racing since 2013 as a member of the Porsche motorsport family. With the expanded race program, the successful alliance be....|
|JEREMY GRENIER IS 44th RRDC MARK DONOHUE AWARD WINNERHILLIARD, Ohio (Nov. 19, 2014) - Jeremy Grenier, 39, of Charles Town, W. Va., is the 44th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award, presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.|
The award is named for RRDC member and former president Mark Donohue, who won his first National Championship in the SCCA E Production class in 1961, and then went on to become one of the U.S.A.'s ....
|NASA CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY TOYO TIRES READY FOR WESTERN GREENNAPA VALLEY (Nov. 5, 2014) - The National Auto Sport Association's (NASA) ninth annual NASA Championships presented by Toyo Tires will run their Western States Championships this weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Nov. 7-9. Racers from across the country will compete for class honors.|
Sandro Espinosa (Atlanta, Ga.) is coming off of the NASA Southeast weekend at Daytona International Speedway and heading directly across country to Sonoma Raceway for the NASA Western Championships to compete in ....