Two-Car Team Set for Full 2013 ALMS Season and 24 Hours of Le Mans
Chrysler Group’s SRT® (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports team announced its driver lineup today for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
Beginning at the ALMS season opening event – the 12 Hours of Sebring – Tommy Kendall, Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito will share GT-class driving duties in the No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R, while Marc Goossens, Dominik Farnbacher and Ryan Dalziel will be in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R.
Kendall has also taken on an expanded role within the team. He will join Wittmer and Bomarito for the three endurance events (Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans) and will serve as an extended team leader and ambassador for SRT Motorsports and the SRT Brand, lending his extensive road-racing experience to the continued development of both Viper GTS-Rs on the track while increasing his role as product spokesperson for the SRT lineup of high-performance vehicles.
Dalziel will join regulars Goossens and Farnbacher for the endurance events.
“SRT Motorsports is truly one team with two cars,” said Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports. “The changes we’ve made for 2013 better aligns the dynamics of each driver which we think will enhance the success of each car and the team overall. Our team chemistry is undeniable and is something we realized the first time we went to the track last year. We feel extremely confident that our drivers are matched well for their strengths which will provide the best results on the track.”
The two SRT Viper GTS-Rs competed in four ALMS races in 2012 and have made a couple of trips to Sebring for testing in preparation for the full 2013 schedule. All six drivers recently participated in the Winter Test at Sebring and are set for the ALMS season opener on March 16.
“While we were pleased with the progress of our program in the four races last year in preparation for a full season in 2013, the changes made in the off-season and the two test sessions this year have produced some significant results,” said Gary Johnson, Road Racing Manager – SRT Motorsports. “The next step is to see how we stack up against the competition and the 12 Hours of Sebring certainly provides that kind of test by challenging both driver and machine for 12 grueling hours. Our two-car team returns to Sebring with a new level of optimism.”
Both cars were also recently invited and accepted invitations to participate in this year’s prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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 Hours of Le 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 SRT, Dodge Challenger SRT 392, Dodge Charger SRT and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 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.