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SRT Motorsports - ALMS Race Advance - Round 6 - Road America
August 6, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

THE VIPER GTS-R IS BACK IN 2013
• SRT Motorsports will field two SRT Viper GTS-Rs in Sunday’s race at the 4.048-mile circuit, the sixth event on the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron schedule.
• The driver lineup for Sunday’s race: Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R; Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R.
• SRT Motorsports visits Road America after scoring two podium finishes and winning the pole position at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport). The No. 91 Viper GTS-R placed second, just ahead of the No.93. Bomarito won the pole with a record lap of 117.309 mph.
• SRT Motorsports competed at Road America in 2012. The No. 91 team placed ninth while the No. 93 finished 13th.

SRT VIPER RACING HERITAGE
• In 1996, the Viper GTS-R made its debut and competed in a limited schedule in the GT1 class of the European and Asian BPR Global GT Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
• Finished 1-2 at 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTS class for three consecutive years (1998-2000).
• Five international GT championships.
• Three-consecutive FIA GT championships (1997-1999).
• Won the ALMS GTS class, manufacturer’s and driver’s championship in 2000.
• In 2000, became the first production-based American car to capture the overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“It’s really just a matter of time before we’re on that top step of the podium (race win). I think that given a little better luck at Mosport, we would have hit the top spot at that race. I think we can carry the momentum from Mosport into the race at Road America this weekend. We expect our SRT Viper GTS-Rs will do well on that type of track. We have the same drivers and team that has done such a great job for us this year. The cars are obviously very good.”
--Gary Johnson, SRT Motorsports Racing Manager


FOLLOW THE ACTION
• Race Broadcast –- 8/11/13 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) on ABC
• Live Streaming –- 8/11/13 at 2:45 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN3
• Live Qualifying –- 8/10/13 at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) on ESPN3
• Live Timing and Scoring available at ALMS.com.


SRT MOTORSPORTS QUOTES

Gary Johnson – SRT Motorsports Racing Manager
“I think we can carry the momentum from Mosport into the race at Road America this week. We’ve got the same great drivers and the same team that has done such a great job for us. We expect the cars will do well on that type of track. We’ve worked a little bit in between race weekends to improve on our pit stop times.”

IS MOSPORT AND ROAD AMERICA SIMILAR? DO YOU CARRY A LOT OF SPEED AT BOTH TRACKS? “I think Road America might have more straights. We think we’re good at balancing the downforce required for cornering with our top speed. I believe this track might suit the combination really well.”

HOW SPECIAL WAS IT TO SEE BOTH CARS RUN SO WELL AT MOSPORT? THAT MUST BE VERY GRATIFYING TO SEE THE PROGRAM TAKE STEPS TO BEING A CONTENDER FOR A WIN WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT. “It’s really just a matter of time before we’re on that top step of the podium. The cars are obviously very good. I think that given a little better luck at Mosport, we would have hit that top spot. Traffic really got in the way of the race up front and kind of ended our hopes for a win (91 car) at Mosport.”

Kuno Wittmer – No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R
“We’ve definitely been carrying momentum since the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has been on a high since scoring a top five at Lime Rock and then scoring a double podium at Canadian Motorsports Park (Mosport). That was huge.

“Road America is a track that resembles Le Mans. As far as the straightaways go, you have two or three really long straights where we build a lot of speed. So, things that we learned in France, things that we learned on a simulator will apply at Road America very well. Overall, I think that the SRT Vipers will do very, very well there. It’s finally a track that we have data from 2012. That’s definitely going to be a benefit for us, a big plus in our pocket. The next race after that is Baltimore, so we have to be very cautious and careful that we don’t wad up the cars in qualifying or practice, that we finish the race properly and go for the win.”

HOW SPECIAL HAS IT BEEN TO SEE THIS PROGRAM DEVELOP FROM THE GROUND UP AND GET MORE COMPETITIVE EACH WEEK? “It’s an honor to race with Bill Riley and SRT Motorsports day in and day out. We’re one family and the team is coming together nicely. Keep in mind this program started last year. What Bill Riley has done to form the team is a masterpiece. Being there since day one, yes, it’s definitely a big plus. I’ve seen everything developing and it’s all in a positive way. Everybody is putting in their time, everybody is turning the page properly and that’s what counts. It’s just moving ahead and the wins will come.”

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE AT ROAD AMERICA? “Actually I consider Road America my special home. I’ve had some great success there. I’ve won races there, I’ve won pole positions there and currently hold the track record there. So, it’s a place where I’ve had really, really good times and success. In 2009, it’s where I met the family I’m working with right now – SRT Motorsports. It was the first race I ever did in a GT car. It’s where I met Gary Johnson (SRT Motorsports Racing Manager) and Matt Bejnarowicz (SRT Motorsports Lead Engineer) and that’s basically where our journey started.”

THE GRAND-AM CARS ARE ALSO RACING AT ROAD AMERICA THIS WEEKEND. DOES THAT CREATE A DIFFERENT DYNAMIC TO THE WEEKEND? “I think being the premier series so far in the first five rounds was very nice but we have to keep in mind that ’14 is the big picture and the wheel is slowly turning to having both championships combined. We’re going to be joining forces with Grand-Am next year so it’s really nice that we’re going to be together this weekend. It’ll be great to compare lap times even though there’s going to be minor changes to many of the classes for next year. Still, it’s good to meet some of the drivers, the teams and especially the fans that support Grand-Am and the fans that support ALMS.”

Jonathan Bomarito – No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R
“Road America is an awesome track. It’s big, it’s four-miles long. It has every kind of corner that you can think of – hairpin, fast, flowing corners. It’s a really good track. I enjoy racing there, everybody does. It just has a nice flow to it and makes for some really good racing. You have to be good everywhere. You need to be fast on the straightaways so you’re constantly trying to take away downforce, drag, off the car. But then you have to get through all the high speed corners well that lead onto those straightaways. It’s a fine line, a compromise to find good balance, cornering speed and straightaway speed.”

ARE THERE ANY SIMILARITIES BETWEEN ROAD AMERICA AND MOSPORT? “I think there’s a lot that can be taken from Mosport and transitioned to Road America. One good thing that we haven’t had up to this point this year is a track that the team has been to before. I wasn’t a part of the team at this stage last year but they got to run these cars on Road America last year, so we actually have some data to pull from which should help.”

YOU ENTER THE ROAD AMERICA RACE FRESH FROM MOSPORT WHERE THE TEAM HAD A STRONG CHANCE TO WIN THE RACE WITH BOTH CARS. THE PROGRAM IS GETTING MORE COMPETITIVE EACH WEEK. THAT MUST BE REWARDING FOR EVERYONE ON THE TEAM. “I think it’s huge for everybody on the team. Everybody has worked so hard to get to this point and we’re starting to see the potential and reap some of those rewards – two cars on the podium, pole positions. All of those things are just good for everybody, they are rewards for all the hard work. I think we’re on the right track. Everybody is working harder than ever. That glimpse of everything going well and the opportunity to get our first win is pushing us very hard.”

SINCE THE MIDDLE PART OF THIS SEASON THE TEAM HAS RUN VERY WELL AND TAKEN A STEP TOWARD WINNING A RACE. DO YOU THINK THAT WAS BECAUSE OF TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT OR PERHAPS COMPETING AT LE MANS OR A COMBINATION OF EVERYTHING? “I think it’s just a combination of everything. Every piece has to be right to be competitive in this class and the team has been working hard to get us to that point. It’s really a combination of everything. It’s not just one thing that clicked for us and now, all of sudden, we’re more competitive. It’s putting all the pieces together and all the detail work that goes into these programs that takes time.”

Marc Goossens – No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R
WHAT IS KEY TO HAVING A GOOD RUN AT ROAD AMERICA? “First of all, I want to point out this is the first track that we go back to. It’s one of the tracks that we participated at last year. Some of the data that we gathered last year has actually helped us in making all the progress that we did from August of last year until now. Hopefully, we can optimize all the information we got last year and apply it this weekend for a strong run.

“Road America is one of those tracks where you’ve got to like the combination of high speed corners and low speed corners. It’s a race track that’s looks very similar to some of the European tracks. It’s a great challenge. I think the key word for us as a team needs to be consistency. I see the strong run that we had at Le Mans. So far this year, the Viper GTS-R has been in the top five in every single race in the American Le Mans Series. Unfortunately, our car had an issue at Lime Rock but had a strong showing last race. I think we’ve got a good show going on right now and we need to build on it, keep finishing in the points and try to get the No. 91 and No. 93 back up front.”

COMMENT ON FINDING THE DELICATE BALANCE AT ROAD AMERICA BETWEEN DOWNFORCE AND DRAG. HOW DIFFICULT IS THAT TO ACHIEVE? “Of course you need to find that balance but where that fine line is depends on what you’re trying to achieve. You can go for straight-line speed and give up some of the cornering speed and lap time in the corners because you know you’re going to catch up down the straightaways. I think here, it’s very important that we have the right communication prior to the race. We need to have the pre-race meetings, debriefs and all that in order to know what our objectives are for the weekend. As long as everybody knows and we’re heading in the same direction, I’m sure we can maximize what we try to achieve on the track.”

CAN YOU PUT IN PERSPECTIVE HOW FAR THIS TEAM HAS COME IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME? “We’ve come very far. If you look back at where we were a year ago at races at Mid-Ohio and Road America, we were struggling. It was a very young program. We had to deal with a lot of issues at the same time but I think it shows the people that were chosen to be on the team has been right from the start.

“I think a lot of credit there goes to Bill Riley for putting a great team together. Everybody knew what we were there for and I think drivers, engineers, mechanics, everybody has been going in the same direction. First, we had to deal with small issues like heat inside the car. After we got that out of the way, we started proving that sometimes we had some speed, sometimes we made it to the end of the race. We showed some strength and speed; the pace was there. After that, the reliability came and before we actually realized it, our hard work was paying off with consistency.

“If you look back at Sebring, after a winter of hard work, you saw more progress. I think Sebring was the first showing. And then we confirmed that progress at Long Beach and had a good run at Laguna, although I have to admit that maybe that (Laguna Seca) was one of the weak showings we’ve had so far this year.

“A lot of it has to do with balance of performance. Look at the results we’ve had recently. I mean if you go back to Mosport, Lime Rock, Le Mans and Sebring, the results confirm we’ve all been working very hard to bring our program to this level. We’re on that wave. If it’s up to me, I don’t want to quit that wave. I want to stay on it and I can’t see any reason we can’t and why we shouldn’t be competitive at Road America.”

Dominik Farnbacher – No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R
“We have pretty good momentum going after the last race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport). The whole team is happy. You should have seen all the e-mail traffic. That’s very good for us. We needed that, we needed that motivation kick. Now, the last step we can make is first-place. We did a third-place, we did a second-place place and now we need a first-place, a win.

“This will be the second time we’ve been to Road America. Last season it was our second race. We’re bringing the experience we gained last year to the race this weekend. This is the first time we’ve raced at a track a second time. That actually helps a lot.

“I’m very motivated. The race track is a very quick, high-speed race track. It’s a little like Mosport. I think it suits the Viper pretty well; our car should be good there.”

HOW BIG OF A FACTOR IS IT TO GO BACK TO A RACE TRACK FOR THE SECOND TIME? “The thing we struggled with last year was the setup for the first practice session. Now, the second time at Road America, we can start with the setup we used last year in qualifying or in practice. We have a base point to start. That gives us the opportunity to concentrate on other stuff, go more into the detail of fine-tuning the car.”

AS FAST AS ROAD AMERICA IS, DOES IT PUT PRESSURE ON YOU TO BE ALERT IN THE CAR BECAUSE OF THE SPEED OF THE PROTOTYPE CARS? “No, usually not. Road America is very wide. It’s not that big of a deal at Road America. It’s one of the best tracks for traffic and so I don’t think that will be a big problem. We have to fine-tune the car for top speed. You have three or four long straightaways; we have to fine-tune the car to get a good run out of the corners onto the straightaways.”

Bill Riley – Vice President and Chief Engineer, Riley Technologies
ROAD AMERICA IS THE FIRST TRACK THAT YOU’RE GOING TO FOR A SECOND TIME. DOES THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOTES FROM THE RACE LAST YEAR? “It should but from where we were at Road America last year, we’ve made a lot of changes and learned so much more about the car that we’re really going back to Road America with almost like a clean sheet of paper. It should be a fairly big departure from how we were at Road America last year.”

FROM AN ENGINEERING STANDPOINT, WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RUN WELL THERE? “It’s a big combination place. Horsepower is great everywhere but a lot of the corners at Road America are really fast and long durations, so you need a lot of downforce. We’ll be showing up in full downforce trim to this weekend. Some of the other classes I’ve been there with, it was always a mixture where you could qualify in high downforce and race in low downforce. We’ll explore both options but mostly it’s a high-downforce place because the corners that lead onto the straightaways are so fast. Your exit speed off those (corners) is the most critical part for a good lap time.”

DOES THE SPEED OF THE RACE TRACK WORK TO THE ADVANTATAGE OF THE VIPERS? “Well, I’m really looking forward to it. That’s what I have to say about that question (laughs). Hopefully, we’ll have a solid run like Mosport.”

TO SEE BOTH CARS ON THE PODIUM AT MOSPORT AND TO SEE THE PROGRAM GETTING BETTER EACH AND EVERY RACE MUST BE REWARDING. “It was a great event. It was great for everybody to get both cars on the podium. Obviously, we hadn’t done that yet. All the drivers did great and the crew did a great job. I’m not as happy about it as some. I’m not going to be super-excited about it until we’re all the way at the top.”

Matt Bejnarowicz – Lead Engineer, SRT Motorsports
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES ABOUT ROAD AMERICA? “Road America probably requires a little bit tougher balance of downforce and drag. Mosport was an obvious high downforce track and Road Atlanta is a pretty high downforce track. Road America has those types of corners but a long gap in between because of the long straightaways. Both have some importance so it’s always interesting to try to figure out where the optimum balance is. You can’t go low and you can’t go completely high without some penalty.”

HOW MUCH OF AN ADVANTAGE WAS IT TO RUN THAT RACE LAST YEAR? DOES HAVING ONE RACE THERE UNDER YOUR BELT HELP THE PROCESS A LITTLE BIT? “It helps a little bit but the car has changed so much since we were there the last time. It’s evolved. Last year, we were running such a small restrictor that we struggled to pass a GTC car. That was one of the last races before they (ALMS) equalized things for us. Unfortunately, a lot that we learned last year has changed. I think that since the car is so much better and the team is so much better and we have a better balance of performance, we’re almost starting a little bit new. We have some data and that helps us prepare but in terms of something like car setup, I think we’ll go with a completely different setup than what we had last year.”

HAS THERE BEEN A TRACK YOU’VE RACED AT THIS YEAR THAT HELPS PREPARE FOR ROAD AMERICA? DOES IT ALL BOIL DOWN TO STRAIGHT LINE SPEED? “A lot of people think straight-line speed is a key factor but the corners are so fast that what you gain on the straight line you can easily give away in a corner. The corners are a lot faster than people realize. They tend to think that Road America requires a low drag setup because of the long straightaways. However, you’ve got to be real careful because if you trade off too much downforce trying to get your straight line speed up, you’re overall lap times are going to suffer.

“On the flip side, if you put too much drag in the car, you’re a sitting duck down the straightaways. You get passed on a straightaway, catch up in the corners but you can’t get by because it’s not easy to pass. There’s a delicate balance at Road America. For us, I think we’re going to lean more towards a high downforce car to start. Overall, I think that will be faster but we’ll see how we stack up with the competition and adjust as necessary.”

YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS PROGRAM FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. HOW REWARDING IS IT TO SEE THE TEAM GETTING MORE COMPETITIVE EACH AND EVERY RACE? “You feel a little bit like a proud father although there’s probably a lot of those on the program. Everybody is pulling in the same direction, everybody has the same goal. The mechanics are focused on trying to make a faster pit stop, trying to do things better. The engineers are trying to find every ounce of speed in the car. The drivers are 100 percent committed. Everybody on the program deserves to win races. There’s nobody that puts themselves before the team.”

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SRT Motorsports - ALMS Keys for Success - Road America

August 10, 2013 , ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -

Each race weekend, SRT Motorsports provides insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, Matt Bejnarowicz, Lead Engineer – SRT Motorsports, which will field two SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the GT Class, provides the keys for Sunday’s race.

Track: Road America (Race 6 of 10 in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron)

Race: Orion Systems 245 at Road America

Trivia Question: SRT Motorsports’ Viper GTS-Rs have earned two pole positions in GT Class since returning to the American Le Mans Series last year. At what races were the poles earned?

MATT BEJNAROWICZ (Lead Engineer – SRT Motorsports)

Downforce vs. Straight-Line Speed: “We want to make sure that the Vipers have the right mix of downforce and straight-line speed. We don’t want to put too much of a parachute on them to get the cars through the corners. We had a good grasp on the aerodynamics right off the truck. Typically, the Porsches are fast here because it’s a little bit of a cleaner car, but we’re in good shape.”

Tire Management: “You’re going to have to keep an eye on track temperature. Getting a handle on how much the track temps are going to grow will be important.”

Tire Selection: “We have two different tire compounds – a hard and a soft. If the track temperature comes up too high, you’re going to wear out the tires during a stint. How you keep the tires underneath the car for a full stint will be really important.”

Small Handling Tweaks: “To be successful at Road America, you always get rewarded if your car is stable heading into the braking zones. A lot of the tracks that we race on are high-speed entries where you don’t have to stand on the brakes and turn the car. The more stable the car is and the more a driver can challenge the corner with confidence it’s not going to snap loose will result in higher speeds and more confidence in the passing zones.”




TRIVIA ANSWER: 2013 – Long Beach (Dominik Farnbacher, No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R) and Mosport (Jonathan Bomarito (No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R)

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SRT Motorsports - ALMS Post-Qualifying Quotes - Road America

August 10, 2013 , Elkhart Lake, Wisc. -



Jonathan Bomarito, driving the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R, won the GT Class pole during qualifying Saturday here at Road America. It was the second consecutive pole for Bomarito and the No. 93 Viper (also claimed pole at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) and third for SRT Motorsports this season. The No. 91 grabbed the pole at Long Beach earlier this year. Dominik Farnbacher qualified the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R sixth for tomorrow’s race here at the 4.048-mile road course.

Jonathan Bomarito – No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R (Pole Winner)
"It was a great lap, a great day for us. The team is doing an awesome job. Our GTS-R is running really, really well. We made quite a few changes overnight from yesterday's last practice session to today's qualifying. We knew that it was going to be a lot cooler and tried to think ahead to put the best setup possible in the car. We nailed it today. The car was really, really good. We have a good car for the race. The team has worked really hard on pit stops and strategies and we feel we’re well prepared for the race.”

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE IN BALANCING STRAIGHT-LINE SPEED AND DOWNFORCE HERE AT ROAD AMERICA? "It's always a compromise here at Road America. We looked at the split times of other cars on what their straightaway speed is compared to our straights and infield speed. This track is always a compromise. Do you have super-light aero and be really fast down the straightaway and suffer in the braking zones or be fast in the corners and slower down the straightaway? We have a really good balance on our Vipers to integrate straight-line speed and corner speed."

WILL TIRE MANAGEMENT BE AN ISSUE TOMORROW? "It won't be as critical if the weather stays cool tomorrow. If it's cool outside like it was today for qualifying, that would be ideal for us. We've been following the radar and there is a chance for a rain shower today. I hope the rain stays away. The weather will be the same for everyone; we'll be prepared."

Gary Johnson – SRT Motorsports Racing Manager
"Two poles in a row for the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R is a great accompaniment. We're really proud of the efforts by both drivers (Farnbacher qualified sixth in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R). The car was flawless. We had a great qualifying combination in the Viper.

“Coming back to Road America for the second time certainly provided us the opportunity to utilize all the data we collected here last year. We're almost five seconds faster this year compared to what we were here last year. We’ve been able to take that data and make great improvements along the way."

Bill Riley – Vice President and Chief Engineer, Riley Technologies
"Great lap by Jonathan in the 93. Viper. We were trying different things in practice on both cars and, as a team, we got both cars really fast. We've worked really hard as a team and today's qualifying results are an indication of that."

Matt Bejnarowicz – Lead Engineer, SRT Motorsports
"Jonathan was totally on it today in qualifying. We made a bunch of changes for qualifying. We took a pretty big risk on some things that proved to be correct. We have a lot of expertise on our engineering staff, got a little lucky and nailed a qualifying setup."

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SRT Motorsports - SRT Viper GTS-R Wins GT Class at Road America - Post-Race Quotes

August 11, 2013 , ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -

Marc Goossens – No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R (GT Class Race Winner)
“I'd like to say a very big thank you to Ralph Gilles, Beth Paretta, Gary Johnson, Matt Bejnarowicz and of course Bill Riley for building such a great car. It's not only the history of being the first factory-backed victory for Viper since 2000, but we’re only one year old with this program. This is the first track that we've gone to for the second time. What else can we hope for? We had a pole position with the No. 93. They were a little unfortunate in the race, but we brought the 91 back in first place - the first victory since the comeback of the Viper GTS-R. I can't say enough about Dominik (Farnbacher) for a great stint at the beginning of the race. Great work from the team because on that first pit stop, we had to fix the car because of some damage to the rear. The first pit stop took a little longer but after that, it was going flat out. We’re so happy that we are on the top step of the podium.

“It's the first time that we've run so well up front. Obviously, we gambled a little bit on fuel. Talking to the competition, it seemed that they were a little bit more concerned making it to the end (of the race). It's no secret that the last caution helped. We were very low (on fuel) to say the least. But you know what we made it to the end. Strategy worked out. All stints were driven perfectly and the guys did a great job on pit lane. Like Dominik (Farnbacher) said, Michelin gives us a great product. The Viper is great. Everything else is gathering data and how we can learn from this one."

Dominik Farnbacher – No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R (GT Class Race Winner)
“It’s unbelievable, the first win for the Viper in quite a while. 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.

"It was a difficult start. You could hardly see anything because it rained before the race. The start was quite tricky. I tried to stay away from the people around me but at the end, you just ended in a big mess. I got bumped in the front, rear, side and cars were spinning. It was pretty hectic at the beginning. It calmed at a point and we could drive quickly. The (SRT) Viper was just fantastic in the rain. It was the best car that I have driven in the rain. On the first caution, we went to slicks (tires) and were one of the few teams to try that. It was really good. The Michelin tires worked really well in the rain. They gave me good feedback and confidence. I was very happy."

HOW WAS THE VIPER TO DRIVE EARLY IN THE RACE DESPITE HAVING REAR-END DAMAGE? "I didn't even know that I had damage. I felt that I had contact everywhere. I looked in my rearview monitor and the camera was upside down, pointing in the sky. I was like, 'Why is that?' So I came in and Bill (Riley) said that we had to repair the rear bumper. It took a while and
I think we were last when we came out of the pits for the first full-course caution. I told Bill that I think we should go to slicks because it looked like the track was drying out pretty quickly. So we changed to the slicks and it was the right decision. I think we drove by the field pretty fast."

Jonathan Bomarito – No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R (Sixth-Place - GT Class)
"What a day for SRT and Viper. This is huge. To win in GT Class with this kind of competition is just amazing. What a show today. This entire SRT team has worked so hard to get these Vipers to victory lane. The cars ran amazing. The No. 93 Viper was on an amazing alternate strategy. If the race would have stayed green at the end, we would have had a shot at the win. The race strategy was fantastic. We had a good feeling that one of the SRT Vipers would win today and it was the No. 91."

Kuno Wittmer – No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra Viper GTS-R (Sixth-Place - GT Class)
"This is what is comes down to – winning races. We've put so much effort into this win that it's very rewarding. The entire team has worked so hard that when you get to the top of the podium, it's an amazing feeling. We got the win. The Viper was amazing all day. When I saw the full-course yellow (flag) at the end and Marc (Goossens) in P1, it didn't really matter where I was. A SRT Viper was going to win the GT Class. I had tears in my eyes.

"We win as a team and lose as a team. The bottom line is that the SRT Viper was atop of the podium today."

Beth Paretta -- Director of Marketing and Operations, SRT Brand and Motorsports
“The last five minutes were a nail biter. 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.

“At the beginning of the season, we thought one car might be stronger than the other but now, week-to-week, it could be either one that is stronger. SRT Motorsports is one team with two cars. It’s not two teams. And we have four great drivers.

“The early incident with the 91 just knocks you off your game a little. You just have to regroup and make a pit stop earlier than you might have planned but everything worked out, the strategy was perfect. I’m really happy for SRT and the brand.

“This is a great statement. Seeing our car in the lead is better than any commercial or any ad that you can see in a magazine. It shows that our car is durable, can battle with anything on this grid and some days like today, you’re at the top of the podium.

“Bill (Riley) is very calming. He could be an air traffic controller. He’s very good about keeping us up to date on what’s going on and if there is a change of plans. Everything just worked great. It was a team effort.”

Gary Johnson – SRT Motorsports Racing Manager
“The No. 93 and one other car were the only cars that could make it to the end if the race stayed green and the 93 was in front of that other car. If there was a yellow, then the 91 was in control. We had it covered both ways. It was a great, great race but certainly a nail biter at the end. The credit goes to the team and drivers; they did a fantastic job today.

“We had the issue early with the 91 getting hit and had to come in early to make the repair. We had to make sure the rear end didn’t fall off the car but the crew made the repair and it wasn’t an issue. It wasn’t an issue with the performance. We just needed to make sure everything stayed together.

“With the opposite pit strategy for each car, we felt we had it covered either way. Today, the strategy worked to perfection.”

Bill Riley – Vice President and Chief Engineer, Riley Technologies
“We were going to bring the No. 91 to pit road for fuel on the lap the caution came out there at the end of the race. So it couldn’t be better for us right now. We had a plan, a strategy. We split the strategy for the two cars. If the caution did not come out, the No. 91 and the other cars up front would have to come to pit road for fuel as they couldn’t make it to the end under green. If that happened, the 93 was in position to win with enough fuel without making a stop. The only other car that could have made it under green was behind the 93.

“The speed was there with both cars. The 93 was on the pole. Both cars led laps. The SRT Motorsports team did a great job on pit road and our drivers were superb in the cars. It was a great job by everyone involved – great strategy and execution.”

Matt Bejnarowicz – Lead Engineer, SRT Motorsports
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team and I couldn’t be prouder of the drivers. It was a big nail biter. We spilt strategies because we couldn’t make it on fuel in the 91 if it went green so the 93 was playing it conservative and making sure we could make it to the end in case the rest of the cars in front of us pulled in for a splash of fuel. We really tried to keep both ends of the strategy covered and it worked out.

“On the 91, they weren’t sure they were going to make it on the caution laps. They were on fumes on the caution lap before they hit the checkered. Everyone was kind of biting their nails. We were that close on fuel. They were probably getting ready to pit the next lap for a splash if that yellow didn’t come out and a lot of competitors would have had to pit. The 93 could have stayed out but the 91 would have had to come in for sure without the yellow.

“It’s a year and a half of hard work by team members and it’s probably two-and-a-half to three years of planning. We’ve been away from factory racing at the top level since the year 2000 so it’s 13 years overdue.”

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SRT Viper GTS-R Claims GT Class Win at Road America


Race Strategy Pays Dividends for SRT Motorsports, No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R


August 12, 2013 , Elkhart Lake, Wis. -

SRT Viper GTS-R Wins GT Class at Road America. Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens drove the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R to victory in the GT Class Sunday at Road America, the first factory-backed American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron win for the Viper since 200



SRT Viper GTS-R Wins GT Class at Road America. Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens



Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens drove the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R to victory in the GT Class Sunday at Road America, the first factory-backed American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron win for the Viper since 2000.

It was the 17th factory-backed victory for SRT Viper in ALMS competition (16 victories from 1999-2000). The last victory came December 31, 2000 in Adelaide, Australia. The Vipers posted a 1-2 finish led by Karl Wendlinger/Dominique Dupy followed by Jean-Philippe Belbc and Ni Amorium.


"Winning at Road America is not only a victory for Team SRT, it's also a win for the entire SRT Brand and the Viper," said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer - (SRT) Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "We are very proud of the performance delivered by our drivers and the crew. I am truly humbled by the hard work and dedication given by Team SRT this entire season. Thank you for all the support of our extended Chrysler Family."

Goossens drove the No. 91 Viper past Antonio Garcia’s Corvette with 33 minutes remaining in the 2:45 event and was never challenged. However, there was plenty of nail biting in the SRT Motorsports pit over the final eight minutes of the race. Fuel was an issue. The No. 91 along with the rest of the top five in the running order were low on fuel and would have to make a final pit stop for a splash under green-flag conditions. Just as the 91 was ready to make that stop, the caution appeared. That’s all Goossens needed as he had just enough fuel to complete two more circuits around the 4.048-mile circuit at reduced speed for the win.

“The last five minutes were a nail biter,” said Beth Paretta -- Director of Marketing and Operations, 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.

“At the beginning of the season, we thought one car might be stronger than the other but now, week-to-week, it could be either one that is stronger. SRT Motorsports is one team with two cars. It’s not two teams. And we have four great drivers.

“This is a great statement. Seeing our Viper in the lead is better than any commercial or any ad you see in a magazine. It shows the car is durable and can fight with anything on this grid and some days like today, you’re at the top of the podium.”

Goossens was very quiet in the car the last couple of laps, listening for that possible sputter of the engine. Only as he crossed the finish line under the checkered flag did the anxiety subside. “Man, it was a great race,” he said. “We gambled a little bit on the fuel. We had to save fuel, but we had to push as well. There is no secret the last caution helped; we were very low on fuel to say the least.”

"I'd like to say a very big thank you to Ralph Gilles, Beth Paretta, Gary Johnson, Matt Bejnarowicz and of course Bill Riley for building such a great car. It's not only the history of being the first factory-backed victory for Viper since 2000, but we’re only one year old with this program. This is the first track that we've gone to for the second time. It was a great race, a great weekend.”

The race weekend belonged to SRT Motorsports and the two SRT Viper GTS-Rs from Riley Technologies. The No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R claimed the pole while the No. 91 was fifth on the starting grid. Both cars led laps throughout the race including a couple of stints running 1-2 in the order. To complicate the situation for the competition, the two Vipers were on different pit strategies. The 91 ended up with the winning strategy but the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R had the field covered if the race had stayed green. The 93 Viper with Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer aboard finished sixth.

“We were going to bring the No. 91 to pit road for fuel on the lap the caution came out there at the end of the race,” said Bill Riley, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Riley Technologies. “We had a plan, a strategy. We split the strategy for the two cars. If the caution did not come out, the No. 91 and the other cars up front would have to come to pit road for fuel as they couldn’t make it to the end under green. If that happened, the 93 was in position to win with enough fuel without making a stop. The only other car that could have made it under green was behind the 93.

“The speed was there with both cars. The 93 was on the pole. Both cars led laps. The SRT Motorsports team did a great job on pit road and our drivers were superb in the cars. It was a great job by everyone involved – great strategy and execution.”

The race started on a wet surface following a morning rain. Farnbacher got the nod in the No. 91 with the team opting for rain tires to start the race. Contact during the early laps did minor damage to the rear end of the Viper, prompting an early pit stop for repairs. That sealed the race strategy for the team.

“We had the issue early with the 91 getting hit and had to come in early to make the repair,” said Gary Johnson, SRT Motorsport Racing Manger. “We had to make sure the rear end didn’t fall off the car but the crew made the repair and it wasn’t an issue. It wasn’t an issue with the performance. We just needed to make sure everything stayed together.

“We had it covered both ways. It was a great, great race but certainly a nail biter at the end. The credit goes to the team and drivers; they did a fantastic job today.”

Farnbacher did a bit of pacing and nail biting the last few minutes of the race, hoping his teammate had enough fuel to make it to the end.

“It’s unbelievable, the first win for the Viper in quite a while,” said Farnbacher of his fifth career ALMS win but first with SRT Motorsports and Viper. “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.

"It was a difficult start. You could hardly see anything because it rained before the race. The start was quite tricky. I tried to stay away from the people around me but at the end, you just ended in a big mess. I got bumped in the front, rear, side and cars were spinning. It was pretty hectic at the beginning.”

Bomarito qualified the No. 93 on the pole and took the first stint in the car and spent much of the time at the front of the field.

"What a day for SRT and Viper,” Bomarito said. “This is huge. To win in GT Class with this kind of competition is just amazing. What a show today. This entire SRT team has worked so hard to get these Vipers to victory lane. The cars ran amazing. The No. 93 Viper was on an amazing alternate strategy. If the race would have stayed green at the end, we would have had a shot at the win. The race strategy was fantastic. We had a good feeling that one of the SRT Vipers would win today and it was the No. 91."

Wittmer summed up the day with “We win as a team and lose as a team. The bottom line is that the SRT Viper was at the top of the podium today. This is what it comes down to – winning races. We've put so much effort into this win that it's very rewarding. The entire team has worked so hard that when you get to the top of the podium, it's an amazing feeling. We got the win. The Viper was amazing all day. When I saw the full-course yellow (flag) at the end and Marc (Goossens) in P1, it didn't really matter where I was. A SRT Viper was going to win the GT Class. I had tears in my eyes.”

Matt Bejnarowicz has been the SRT Motorsports lead engineer on the program since the inception. “I couldn’t be prouder of the team and I couldn’t be prouder of the drivers,” he said. “It was a big nail biter. We split strategies because we couldn’t make it on fuel in the 91 if it went green so the 93 was playing it conservative and making sure we could make it to the end in case the rest of the cars in front of us pulled in for a splash of fuel. We really tried to keep both ends of the strategy covered and it worked out.

“It’s a year and a half of hard work by team members and it’s probably two-and-a-half to three years of planning. We’ve been away from factory racing at the top level since the year 2000 so it’s 13 years overdue.”

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GT Class Race Results


1. No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R
2. No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
3. No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
4. No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
5. No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
6. No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R
7. No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE
8. No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE
9. No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
10. No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia
11. No. 23 Ferrari F458 Italia

American Le Mans Series
Provisional Point Standings
GT Class
(After 6 of 10 Races)

1. Oliver Gavin 78
1. Tommy Milner 78
2. Dirk Muller 73
3. Dominik Farnbacher 73
3. Marc Goossens 73
4. Antonio Garcia 72
4. Jan Magnussen 72
5. Bill Auberlen 54
5. Maxime Martin 54
6. John Edwards 49
7. Marco Holzer 42
7. Bryce Miller 42
8. Jonathan Bomarito 37
8. Kuno Wittmer 37
9. Joey hand 32
10. Patrick Long 32
10. Tom Kimber-Smith 32

GT Auto Manufacturer
(Provisional)

1. Chevrolet 111
2. BMW 95
3. SRT 86
4. Porsche 71
5. Ferrari 69

GT Team Championship
(Provisional)

1. Corvette Racing 108
2. BMW Team RLL 84
3. SRT MOTORSPORTS 81
4. Paul Miller Racing 42
5. CORE Autosport 32
6. Risi Competizione 30
7. Team West/AJR Ferrari 25
8. Team Falken Tire 24

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