Two SRT Viper GTS-Rs that achieved a one-two finish in the GTS class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1998 to 2000 will make their return to what is considered as the oldest active sports car race in the world.
Event organizer Automobile Club de I ‘Quest (ACO) sent an invitation to SRT Motorsports in February 2013 to field a two-car team in the LM GTE Pro class. Only 56 entries are selected for the annual racing event, which 81st edition will be held on June 22 to 23, 2013 at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
Ralph Gilles, president and chief executive of (SRT) Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports of Chrysler Group LLC, remarked that racing is a cornerstone of “Viper’s illustrious history.” He noted that the GTS-R has achieved success at Le Mans – which he called as a world stage -- in the past, and the team is excited to start a “new chapter of Viper racing” at the event.
Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations of SRT Brand and Motorsports, quipped that racing is a big part of “everything that SRT does.”
She noted that racing is in their name, “Street and Racing Technology,” so there is a blur line between things they do on the road and on the track. She remarked that SRT does not only run competitively on the road, but also on the track.