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Dodge Viper Cup Series Races on at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) July 9-10 With Record Number of Entries




AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 8, 2011

Dual race weekend at VIR features a series record 19 drivers

Championship points leader Ben Keating will be challenged by Jeff Courtney and two-time-race winner A.J. Morgan

Celebrity drivers include ESPN Winter X-Games snowmobile freestyle gold medalist Chris Burandt and Canadian auto writer Brian Makse


A record 19 drivers have entered the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series at the historic Virginia International Raceway July 9-10. The two-race weekend features a championship battle among race winners Ben Keating, Jeff Courtney and 21-year-old A.J. Morgan, a two-time winner in four races this season. They are joined by three first-time drivers, Brad Gorrondona, Bernie Katz and Marc Montour.

Morgan emerged as the new young gun during the first round at Sebring, Fla. in May, winning the first of his two races. Courtney took the second, while Keating took both poles, but had problems that prevented him from winning.

Keating was fast again in the second round at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville in June, leading the first race from Courtney, but both drivers went off the track, handing the win to Morgan. Keating then dominated the second race of the weekend to move into the championship lead.

Larry Carter, Eric Galerne and Ted Hughes are returning to the series this weekend after missing the second round at New Jersey.

"At the midpoint of our second season, we're seeing some great competition in the Dodge Viper Cup series in 2011, said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Street and Racing Technology and Motorsports. "With our largest field ever this weekend at VIR, it's certainly setting up to be an exciting and close race to crown the series champion later this year at Daytona."

Dodge Viper ACR-X drivers expected at VIR include:



Name Hometown


Connie Bogan Reno, Nev.


Chris Burandt (Celebrity Driver) Kremmling, Colo.


Larry Carter Evans, Ga.


Jeff Courtney Jackson, Wis.


Dave Fiorelli Coppell, Texas


Eric Galerne Houston, Texas


Ralph Gilles (Celebrity Driver) Auburn Hills, Mich.


Brad Gorrondona Burleson, Texas


Billy Gropp Evans, Ga.


Ted Hughes Seward, Neb.


Bernie Katz Tomball, Texas


Ben Keating Port Lavaca, Texas


Brian Makse (Celebrity Driver) Toronto, Ontario, Can.


David Mazyck Gainesville, Fla.


Marc Montour Blainville, Quebec, Can.


A.J. Morgan Darien, Ill.


Todd Nelson Buda, Texas


Kurt Sollberger Dana Point, Calif.


Michael Von Quilich Pahrump, Nev.






Celebrity Driver and Charity Payout Program

As part of the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series season, various celebrity drivers are invited to compete for charity. Guaranteed payouts to celebrity drivers following all 10 series races are donated to their charities of choice, with the highest finishing celebrity earning $2,000 and the next highest finishing celebrity receiving $1,000 for donation. In 2010, Dodge Motorsports donated close to $50,000 to various charities as part of the program.

Each celebrity driver is specifically chosen by Dodge Motorsports and specially trained for all on-track competition in the series by professional racer Cindi Lux of Lux Performance Group. Lux competed successfully in a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe and brings extensive experience in management of Dodge Viper SRT10 Clubs along with various celebrity driver programs.

Competing this weekend as celebrity drivers at VIR are Chris Burandt and Brian Makse.

Burandt from Kremmling, Colo., is a professional snowmobiler and backcountry adventure guide. Through his Colorado company, Burandt's Backcountry Adventure, he offers snowmobile excursions and instruction in deep powder through extreme terrain.

Burandt started snowmobiling at age 6 in the Colorado backcountry around his grandfather's home, and competed in snowcross as a teenager. He helped pioneer the sport of snowmobile freestyle in the early 2000's acquiring the nickname "Big Air Burandt." He used a newly learned snowmobile back flip to help win Gold at the 2007 ESPN Winter X Games first-ever Snowmobile Freestyle event. He won the Winter X Games silver medal in 2010 and has recently been a TV analyst for that event. He has been a two-time freestyle Rider of the Year.

Makse, an auto writer for major Canadian publications, also has been a driving instructor and coach for decades. He won the 2009 and 2010 National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Great Lakes racing championship, with first place in 10 of 15 NASA Great Lakes races in 2009. He won the 2010 NASA Great Lakes time trial championship with a perfect record and also won the 2009 Skip Barber Mazdaspeed MX-5 Media Challenge at Laguna Seca. He holds 10 current track records.


Remaining 2011 Races

Sept. 2-4 at Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas

Oct. 21-23 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Series Contingency Program

The series contingency program sponsored by Dodge Motorsports and Mopar® has been revamped for 2011 to expand the number of payouts to the top-10 drivers.




The 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series champion will win an additional $10,000 cash award.

Dodge Motorsports also is reducing entry fees for series competitors by 43 percent from $1,400 to $800 per race in 2011.

The 'Ultimate' Special-Edition Viper

Unveiled at the 2010 Performance Racing Industry show, the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper American Club Racer (ACR) and the safety equipment of championship-winning Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. Powered by the SRT-developed 8.4-liter V-10 engine and equipped with factory headers and a low-restriction exhaust system, the Viper ACR-X produces 640 horsepower (40 more than the production model) and 605 lb.-ft. of torque (45 more than the production model).

The suspension also is tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage with unique springs, two-way adjustable shocks and adjustable sway bar links.

Curb weight is a full 160 pounds lighter (compared with the standard-production Viper) to take on even the most challenging road course. Additional aerodynamic upgrades, including quad-dive planes and underbody ducts, improve downforce, while enhancing stability and significantly improving grip in high-speed cornering.

Similar to the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X contains factory-installed safety equipment such as a factory-designed roll cage, fire suppression system, fuel cell and race seat. Additional racing components, including a transmission cooler, rear differential cooling system, unique front rotors with larger surface area and improved brake cooling via scoops in the front fascia, are added to meet the significant durability and reliability requirements for on-track competition.

"The Dodge Viper ACR-X is designed and built specifically for the race track," Gilles said. "The Dodge Viper Cup series continues the racing legacy of the Dodge Viper right before our eyes, and we're looking forward to another chapter being written in 2011."

Dodge Motorsports continues to market and sell the non-street legal 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X. For more information call Viper Race Headquarters at (888) 960-3333 or visit Viper Headquarters | 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10, ACR, ACR-X, Competition Coupe, Vooodoo and 1.33 Special Editions.

Viper Racing Heritage

The Dodge Viper has enjoyed a successful racing heritage that began in 1996 with the original Viper racing entry, the GTS-R, which earned five international GT championships and the 1997-1999 FIA GT championships. It also posted an amazing overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 – the first for a production-based American car.

Viper finished 1-2 at The 24 Hours of LeMans in GTS class in three consecutive years: 1998 – 2000 and also captured GTS class, manufacturer's and driver's championships in the American LeMans Series in 1999 and 2000.

The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, introduced in 2003, delivered the next chapter of that history with its coupe-shaped carbon/Kevlar body and a track-ready chassis, based on the Dodge Viper SRT10. The Viper Competition Coupe has continued the on-track prowess by capturing the 2004 SCCA Speed World Challenge GT title, championships in Formula D Drifting series in 2004 and 2006 and the British GT Championship in 2007 and 2008.

In 2010, Ryan Schimsk of Austin, Texas captured the inaugural Dodge Viper Cup series championship by virtue of his five race wins and strong finishes in the other five races of no worse than fourth. Series regulars Ben Keating (Victoria, Texas) and Keith Verges (Dallas) finished second and third, respectively.



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All races will be broadcast, tape-delayed, on the Versus Network.
Round Race Venue City, State Race Date Broadcast *
Re-Broadcast *



1 Sebring International Raceway Sebring, FL May 14

June 15 - 4:30pm Oct 16 - 3:00pm

2 Sebring International Raceway Sebring, FL May 15
June 22 - 4:30pm Oct 23 - 3:00p

3 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ June 11
July 13 - 4:30pm Oct 30 - 3:00pm

4 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ June 12
July 20 - 4:30pm Nov 6 3:00pm

5 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA July 9
Aug 10 - 4:30pm Nov 13 - 6:00pm

6 Virginia International Raceway Alton, VA July 10
Aug 17 - 5:00pm Nov 20 - 3:00pm

7 Texas World Speedway College Station, TX
September 3 Oct 5 - 4:30pm Nov 27 - 3:00pm

8 Texas World Speedway College Station, TX September 4
Oct 12 - 4:30pm Dec 4 - 3:00pm

9 Daytona International Speedway Daytona, FL October 22 Nov 23, 4:30pm Dec 11 - 3:00pm

10 Daytona International Speedway Daytona, FL October 23 Nov 30 - 4:30pm Dec 18 - 3:00pm

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The Dodge Viper has enjoyed a successful racing heritage that began in 1996 with the original Viper racing entry that earned five international GT championships and the 1997-1999 FIA GT championships. The Vipers legacy continues with second year of the Dodge Viper Cup Series 2011.

Viper Championship points leader Ben Keating took on a record number of competitors at a dual race weekend at Virginia International RacewayJuly-10. The fifth and sixth rounds of the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series had a record 19 drivers entered, including two-time-race winner A.J. Morgan and Jeff Courtney.

Various celebrity drivers are invited to compete for charity as part of the 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series season with guaranteed payouts to celebrity drivers following all 10 series races donated to their charities of choice. Dodge Motorsports donated nearly $50,000 to various charities as part of the program in 2010. ESPN Winter X-Games snowmobile freestyle gold medallist, Chris Burandt and Canadian auto writer Brian Makse are among the celebrity drivers competing at VIR.

“At the midpoint of our second season, we’re seeing some great competition in the Dodge Viper Cup series in 2011, said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Street and Racing Technology and Motorsports. “With our largest field ever this weekend at VIR, it’s certainly setting up to be an exciting and close race to crown the series champion later this year at Daytona.”

In the Dodge Viper Cup Series 2011 the Dodge Viper ACR-X combines the best performance characteristics of the record setting, street-legal Dodge Viper American Club Racer (ACR) and the safety equipment of championship-winning Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. The SRT-developed 8.4-liter V-10 engine is equipped with factory headers and a low-restriction exhaust system and produces 640 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque. With unique springs, two-way adjustable shocks and adjustable sway bar links, the suspension is tuned and upgraded for on-track use and aerodynamic upgrades that include quad-dive planes and underbody ducts improve down force and increase stability while improving grip in high-speed cornering.

“The Dodge Viper ACR-X is designed and built specifically for the race track,” Gilles said. “The Dodge Viper Cup series continues the racing legacy of the Dodge Viper right before our eyes, and we’re looking forward to another chapter being written in 2011.”

Remaining races for 2011 are: Sept. 2-4 at Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas and Oct. 21-23 at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

For more information visit Viper Headquarters | 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10, ACR, ACR-X, Competition Coupe, Vooodoo and 1.33 Special Editions.


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2011 Viper Record Tour to Prove SRT-10 ACR Once Again




11th of July 2011
Chrysler Group might have big plans for the Dodge Viper, which will transform into a more relevant global product for the next generation, but the company isn’t done with the current one either. Apparently, the automaker wants to break every record it can with the impressive-looking SRT-10 ACR and is launching the 2011 Viper Record Tour.

Two months ago, a production version of the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (American Club Racer) made history at the Miller Motorsports Park, in the hands of Kuno Wittmer. The road racer broke the 2-minute mark for the first time in a production car on the 3.048-mile Outer Course configuration. In addition, the Viper also set a speed record back in 2008 on the famous Nurburgring track in Germany.

The 2011 Viper Record Tour will feature stops at the Monticello Motor Club, Sebring International Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and even the Nürburgring Nordschleife where Dodge hopes it will break the Viper’s own 7:22.1 lap time.

The automaker has yet to announce who will be the combatant to sit behind the wheel and wrestle this manly car on all these circuits, but it’s anticipated that Wittmer will make a comeback.

"With the all-new Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, SRT has taken the ultimate American sports car and injected it with an extra dose of racing DNA," said Mike Accavitti, Director - Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing and Communications, Chrysler LLC. "With the Viper SRT10 as the starting point, SRT engineered a combination of reduced weight, race-tuned suspension and aerodynamic improvements to create the ultimate Viper for the street and track."



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