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National Sports Car: Viper GTS-R poised to strike at Mid-Ohio

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American Le Mans Series
In the week ahead two Viper GTS-Rs will make their racing debut in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) sponsored by Tequila Patrón at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge will be the sixth of 10 races that make up the ALMS championship.

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The ALMS GT class thus far this season has featured some of the closest, most competitive sports car racing on the planet between Corvette, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus. The first five races have seen four different winners – BMW, Corvette, Porsche and Ferrari – with only Corvette able to score more than one victory. Add two Vipers to this volatile mix and it can only get more intense.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge
The famed 2.25 mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course features elevation changes, long straights and highly technical corners that will test even the best cars and drivers. Activities for the Sports Car Challenge will kickoff on Thursday afternoon with test sessions for all ALMS classes and continue on Friday with morning practice and afternoon qualifying. The race will get the green flag at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday and will be a timed event lasting for 2 hours and 45 minutes. For tickets or more detailed schedule information, please see ALMS web site.

Viper Drivers
Mid-Ohio is one of the shorter races on the ALMS schedule and each car will use two co-drivers. For the SRT Motorsports Vipers, four-time Trans Am champion Tommy Kendall will team with Le Mans veteran Marc Goossens in the number 93 Pennzoil Ultra Viper, while up-and-coming drivers Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher will man the helm of the number 91 Forza Motorsports GTS-R.

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©July 2012 by Bruce Troxell

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