The SRT Viper will this weekend make its long awaited return to the banking of Daytona 14 years after the last Viper raced and took an overall victory at the Florida track.
The team come off their first full season in the American Le Mans Series in 2013 with a third place in the GT manufacturers standings.
Drivers Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the #91, as well as Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer in the #93 will be hoping that the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will bring them just as much success as it kicks off this weekend.
The quartet will be joined for this twice round the clock race by 2012 IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay as well as Rob Bell who has a wealth of experience behind the wheel of a GT car.
Hunter-Reay, who has numerous starts at Daytona, said: “I enjoy this event – everything about it. It’s the right way to kick off the year. I’m just so glad that both series are here together now. It’s really cool to see the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) GT category and the DPs (Daytona Prototypes) out there and the ALMS prototypes all together – this is how it should have been many years ago.”
SRT Team Manager Gary Johnson was equally as ecstatic about seeing a factory Viper at one of America’s top endurance races: “We’re excited to bring SRT Motorsports to Daytona and return factory-backed Viper GTS-Rs to this historic event. The Rolex 24 At Daytona is the pinnacle of sports car racing in America and it’s very important to us to have the SRT brand contending for the wins in this event. When we began discussing our return to sports car racing back in 2011, success in the premier endurance events was a goal for our group and we have put in considerable effort to get to this point. We are looking forward to a successful weekend of competition.”
The team will be hoping to emulate the 2000 win where drivers Oliver Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique Dupuy scored the first victory for a production based car at what was then the closest finishing gap of little over 30 seconds.
To see if Viper can take honours in the GT Le Mans class keep your eyes peeled to www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk where James Broomhead will be reporting live from Daytona with hourly reports and Tweets at @tcfsportscars.