Tyler Chevy Dealers know the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is one of the world’s most thrilling motorsports competitions, featuring high-powered, high-tech prototypes along with production-based GT cars including the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, BMW M3 and Aston Martin Vantage. And Chevrolet Dealers Indianapolis said beginning Aug. 4, 2012, ALMS will welcome a new GT challenger to the series: The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R, which will make its motorsports debut at the fabled Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.
“We’re thrilled to return to the world-class competition in the American Le Mans Series with our flagship American supercar,” said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of the Chrysler Group’s SRT Brand and Motorsports. “The new SRT Viper GTS-R represents a rebirth for us on the race track. It epitomizes the best of what our new SRT performance brand represents and showcases the Viper’s natural affinity for road courses. Now the time has finally come to go head-to-head with the best sports car teams from around the world.”
According to Albuquerque Used Cars, the Viper last campaigned in ALMS in 1999-2000, winning multiple championships in both years before moving on to other competitions, and the car’s return is being heralded as a major boost to the series.
“I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the significance of the SRT Viper returning to the top level of professional sports car racing,” according to Scott Atherton, president and CEO of ALMS. “The Chrysler Group has a long, storied and very successful history of competing with the American Le Mans Series. The fact that they’re coming back concurrently with the introduction of the new production car and doing it simultaneously, we would be hard-pressed to come up with a better-case scenario. What a great way for the SRT Viper to come back to racing.”
Viper fans who can’t make it to the historic track in Lexington, Ohio, can watch the race on ABC on Aug. 4, 2012, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.