The number 91 SRT Viper GTS-R, driven by Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher, has captured victory at Road America in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) making the first win since returning to motorsports.
Taking the checkered flag the the SRT (not Dodge) Viper’s win marks the car’s first motorsports victory since 2000 and falls a year after the new Viper made its return to the series. The team competes in the GT Class and actually qualified behind the number 93 Viper GTS-R driven by Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer, which started on the pole position in today’s race, showing just how far the Vipers have come since their debut a year ago.
“It”s unbelievable, the first win for the Viper in quite a while,” said Farnbacher. “It was a nail biter. I think we made it to the finish line with the last drop of fuel. If you look at all those faces (SRT team), they’re almost crying, everybody’s crying. It’s so emotional for us. I’m just speechless at the moment.”
The best lap time for the number 91 Viper at Road America was a 2:05.990 with Wittmer behind the wheel. The number-93 Viper had actually qualified with a blisteringly-quick time of 2:03.410.
Regardless, Goossens and Farnbacher took the win over Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1. by 0.36 seconds.
“The last five minutes were a nail biter,” said Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations for SRT Brand and Motorsports. “We had different strategies for the two cars and it was going to come down if we had a yellow or not. We got the yellow, so that determined the outcome with the 91 getting the win. I”m so happy for SRT Motorsports and the SRT brand. It’s been one year, this is our birthday, so happy birthday to SRT Motorsports. This is a great way to celebrate.”
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