Viper ready for next step of development

August 17, 2012

Viper ready for next step of development

August 17, 2012

After a promising debut at Mid-Ohio where the SRT Viper squad achieved their goal of completing the two hour, 45 minute race distance, the Mooreville, NC-based squad faces a bigger challenge this weekend at Road America.

With a four-hour race on the schedule, the Viper combo of Tommy Kendall, Marc Goossens, Kuno Wittmer, and Dominik Farnbacher has plenty of opportunity to complete more development miles as they set their sights on chasing down the likes of Corvette, BMW, Porsche and Ferrari.

“As excited as I was to get to Mid-Ohio for our debut, I am looking forward to going to Road America even more!  It is my favorite circuit in the world,” Tommy Kendall said.

“The whole area has been special to me since I went there as a teenager to watch my dad race.  I can’t wait to hear the SRT Viper’s V10’s music bellowing through Thunder Alley!

“At Mid-Ohio, we accomplished our goal of having both SRT Viper GTS-Rs finish.

“That was ambitious since the longest the car had run at once prior was about 35 minutes.  Even though both cars finished, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing.  So, I would have to say a realistic goal is to have a ‘routine’ run for both cars where we make the scheduled number of stops, driver changes, etc. and to extract a little more of the potential from the Viper GTS-R’s potent chassis.”

The SRT Viper squad is contesting a limited ALMS schedule this year in preparation for a full championship assault in 2012.

SRT is also backing the Baltimore ALMS/IndyCar weekend with the country’s leading sportscar teams doing battle in the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT.

“We need to build on how we started at Mid-Ohio,” SRT Viper Cheif Engineer, Bill Riley said.

“We need to make sure the reliability is there in preparation for the longer races, work on lap times and driver cooling.  Probably the biggest prep work that we did between Mid-Ohio and now is on the driver cooling side. We worked with SRT engineers on some AC stuff and did a lot of work in-house.

“Obviously we need to start turning our attention to lap times and to see where we are performance-wise.   At Mid-Ohio we were making sure that everything worked.  At Road America, we’ll be working more toward lap times and getting toward the other end (front) of the field.”


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