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SRT's Viper GTS-R Gets Ready For Its Mid-Ohio Debut: Video

 

When the new Viper was unveiled at this year’s New York Auto Show, SRT revealed both road and race versions of its performance icon simultaneously. Since the racing pedigree of the original Viper was so impressive, SRT felt it was necessary to launch a race version of the car even before the road-going variant hit dealerships.

Since then, we’ve been shown the occasional on-track footage of the Viper GTS-R racer testing at Carolina Motorsport Park and at Virginia International Raceway. We’ve heard that development work with partner Riley Technologies remains on schedule, but we haven’t been told when the car will make its competition debut.

Until now, that is. SRT’s latest GTS-R teaser video shows the car on track at the Mi-Ohio circuit, where it will make its American Le Mans Series racing debut on August 4, running in the GT Class. Driving duties for the two factory cars will be shared by Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Kuno Wittmer.

The fact that Riley Technologies was able to produce a racing version of the Viper in under a year is nothing short of remarkable, and we’ll admit to having modest expectations for the Viper in its first year of competition. The Corvette C6 R looks unbeatable at the moment, and even BMW’s M3 GT looks like a strong competitor.

If you want to catch the SRT Viper GTS-R’s competition debut as it happens, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge will be televised on ABC at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 4. The race will also be streamed live from the ALMS website, beginning at 12:45 p.m. EDT.

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