SRT Motorsports are hoping that their Vipers can still bite in the GT Le Mans class as they sniff for blood at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.
Following a poor showing at Long Beach, which was due to set up and mechanical issues, the Detroit team will be hoping to go back to form they experienced at Daytona and Sebring where they scored podiums.
Marc Goossens will be hoping that now the team is getting back to familiar tracks the Vipers will show their increasingly sharpened fangs: “The fact that we are starting to go to past race tracks has its advantages. Last year, we went to Laguna and it was my first time being back there in a number of years and our first time going there with the SRT Viper. We’ve come a long way with the program in the past year – the cars have changed and we’ve progressed in this past year, I am really looking forward to going back.”
For one driver of the #93, Jonathan Bomarito, the trip back to Laguna Seca is a trip back to childhood: “I was born and raised in Monterey County and I used to ride my bike from my backyard up to the track as a kid. I’ve always been around it. I taught at the racing school up there for a number of years and it’s definitely my hometown. I would go up there as a young kid with my dad and I remember going out there and watching IndyCar practice when I was very small, my first memories of racing are out there at Laguna Seca.”
SRT Motorsports will also be hoping that the two hour race can cement their GT Le Mans challenge in this years TUDOR United SportsCar Championship when the green flag falls at Monterey on Sunday.