Viper strikes at the Brickyard

July 26, 2014

Viper strikes at the Brickyard

July 26, 2014

kiss_the_bricksThe Dodge Viper duo of Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito have continued their great recent run of success with victory in the Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After the Le Mans break, the Canadian/US duo have finished third at Watkins Glen, second at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and now to victory lane at Indianapolis.

kiss_the_bricks2 The win was the first for Dodge in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the team’s first since the Road America ALMS round last year and the first victory for Wittmer and Bomarito in the GTLM class.

It was also the team’s first victory since returning to the historic red and white Dodge Viper livery which dominated GT racing at the turn of the century.

While Porsche, BMW and Ferrari benefitted from balance of performance changes for the Brickyard Grand Prix (and Corvette was penalized with a 25kg weight penalty), the Viper was the only car which ran in the same configuration from the previous round in Canada.

Pole winners Risi Competizione took second with Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer, while Porsche’s Patrick Long and Michael Christensen.

The pair of Corvettes finished fourth and fifth with championship leaders Magnussen and Garcia making a late race pass on teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.

The heartbreak of the race was the No.911 Porsche of Nick Tandy and Richard Lietz which retired from the race lead with engine problems.

“Everybody that is part of this team was out there kissing the bricks,” Bomarito said.

“That’s just memories that will last a lifetime for everyone. It was very special. It’s great momentum, we have three podiums in a row. We’re second in the championship. I hope and I know it drives everyone to push even harder between now and the race at Road America.”

Not only has Wittmer been climbing the podium steps in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the past three races, he took a World Challenge victory on the Toronto street course for Team SRT and is about to welcome another generation of the “Racing Wittmer” family in the near future.

“You don’t get to kiss the bricks every day,” Wittmer said.

“Today we got off to a good start. I knew it was going to be a very aggressive race. A lot of contact between competitors.

“It was a two hour, 45 minute race but a lot of competitors treat it like a 25 minutes race. On a personal note, I’d like to dedicate this win to my unborn son who will be coming home in about two more weeks.”

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