|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.
|GAVIN GIVES CORVETTE RACING FIRST ROLEX 24 POLE SINCE 2000, BECOMES 12TH GTLM POLE WINNER IN 12 RACES• Davison Last-Lap Charge Nets Fifth Straight TOTAL Pole Award In GTD|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015) – OIiver Gavin gave Corvette Racing its first pole at Daytona International Speedway since 2000, in the process extending an impressive streak that highlights the competitiveness of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, Friday in qualifying for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona. With his lap of one minute, 43.488 seconds (123.840 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, Gavin became the 12th diff....
|BMW TEAM RLL QUALIFIES 4TH AND 7TH FOR 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA; EDWARDS 4TH, AUBERLEN 7THWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 22, 2015… BMW Team RLL will start the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona from the fourth and seventh GTLM class positions following this afternoon's very competitive qualifying session at the Daytona International Speedway road course.|
John Edwards, driving the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, qualified in the fourth starting spot with a lap of 1:43.966 minutes around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn circuit. His time was only 0.478 seconds slower than the pole winner. The top six qualif....
|AUDI R8 TO PACE 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR• Premium Manufacturer Renews IMSA Partnership|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2015) – A V10-powered Audi R8 will lead the field to the green flag for the third consecutive year in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, as International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today announced the Audi R8 V10 Plus will be the Official Safety Car for the twice-around-the-clock event.
The announcement comes as Audi has renewed its official automotive partnership with IMSA. In addition to provi....
|INGERSOLL RAND BECOMES ‘OFFICIAL POWER TOOLS OF IMSA'• Multi-Faceted Agreement Makes Company an Official Partner of IMSA|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2015) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Ingersoll Rand has announced a multi-year partnership designating the global brand as the 'Official Power Tools of IMSA.'
The multi-faceted agreement also designates Ingersoll Rand as the 'Official Power Tools of NASCAR' and as a contingency sponsor of the NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. ....
|YOUNG LAMBORGHINI STARS STAYING BUSY WITH TESTING, DAYTONA RACE ROLESDAYTONA, Fla. (January 23, 2015) - Two of the young stars of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America are staying busy in the offseason, both on and off track.|
Andrew Palmer, the 2013 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final champion, and Cody Ware, the 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Rookie of the Year, are members of the Lamborghini Young Drivers Program.
This objective of the program is to develop the all-around skills - on and off the trac....
|THE DOOR TO THE YEAR: THE 53RD ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONAIn the world of motorsport racing, January (coming from the Latin word for door) has certainly been the door to the year as the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona has marked the start of a new season for 52 years. With the 53rd edition of the historic endurance challenge set to get underway on Saturday, January 25, at 2:10 p.m. EST, the latest chapter in the race which has captivated the interest of leagues of dedicated followers is about to be written. The Rolex 24 At Daytona is first and foremost a t....|
|TEAMS ADJUST ROLEX 24 STRATEGY WITH EYE ON POINTS-PAYING PATRÓN ENDURANCE CUP SEGMENTS• Season-Opening Race To Award Points At Six-Hour Intervals|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2015) – While racing teams have the goal of the overall victory in this weekend's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona, they also will be planning strategy to win three additional 'races within the race' segments that award points towards the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
The Patrón Endurance Cup recognizes competitors in the four en....