Official: 2013 SRT Viper returns for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 4, 2013

It has been confirmed that Viper will be going back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France -- one of the most important automobile endurance races in the world. SRT Motorsports has formally accepted an invitation from the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) to bring two SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the LM GTE Pro class of the 2013 24 Heures du Mans on June 22-23. From 1998 to 2000, the Viper sports car finished first and second at the 24 Heures du Mans in GTS class competition.

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, said that racing is included in Viper’s eminent history and is an opportunity for the SRT brand to prove itself. He said that the Viper GTS-R has achieved tremendous success at Le Mans so it proudly accepts the challenge to go back to France and to continue beefing up the history of Viper racing.

At the Paris’ press conference, the invitation was formally accepted by Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports, and SRT Motorsports driver Marc Goossens. She said that the new SRT Viper GTS-R stands for the company’s rebirth in road racing by offering a high technical advancement to the track.

She also said that the invitation to go back to the 24 Heures du Mans to give SRT Motorsports and the SRT Viper GTS-R the chance to compete with the best sports car teams from around the world.

SRT Motorsports partnered with Riley Technologies, which is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., on the design-and-build process of the SRT Viper GTS-R. Last year, two identically prepared cars went back to competition at Mid-Ohio, the first of four test-and-tune races to prepare for a full 2013 schedule in the GT class in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) that Tequila Patrón presented.

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