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Keating, Bleekemolen and No. 33 ViperExchange.com/Riley Motorsports Viper GT3-R Finish Seventh in Oak Tree Grand Prix

August 26, 2015

Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and the No. 33 ViperExchange.com/Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R team finished seventh Sunday in the Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). The race was the first one this season in which Keating and Bleekemolen were not able to contend in the lead pack of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona (GTD) class. The Dodge Viper GT3-R was hit with three different IMSA “Balance of Performance” (BoP) technical restrictions following the team’s first win of the season two weeks ago at Road... View Article

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Tommy Johnson Jr. and the 2015 Mopar® Dodge Charger R/T Races to an NHRA Northwest Nationals Win

August 11, 2015

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and the new 2015 Mopar® Dodge Charger R/T closed out the National Hot Rod Association’s three consecutive event Western Swing at the 28th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals with a title win by Tommy Johnson Jr., his second of the year aboard his Make-A-Wish Mopar machine. With the victory, the new Funny Car body made its 13th appearance in the winner’s circle this year after advancing to a 15th final elimination in 16 national events this season. “On behalf of everyone at Mopar, congratulations to Tommy Johnson... View Article

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Keating and Bleekemolen Race No. 33 ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper GT3-R to Road America Victory

August 11, 2015

Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen broke through for the first 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory for the No. 33 ViperExchange.com/Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R Sunday in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America. The victory, and a second place finish one race earlier at Lime Rock Park, have combined to move Keating, Bleekemolen and the No. 33 team off to a strong start in the second half of the IMSA TUDOR Championship GT Daytona (GTD) season. Only three races remain on this year’s 10 race GTD... View Article

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Beckman Sets Funny Car National Record, Wins All-Mopar® Final

August 4, 2015

It was as near perfect a weekend as a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racer could hope to have. Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Jack Beckman piloted his 2015 Dodge Charger R/T to five three-second runs, was quickest in three of four qualifying sessions, set a Funny Car national record for elapsed time with an extraordinary 3.921-second lap, earned the No.1 qualifier position, and then continued his impressive performance through eliminations to earn his place in winner’s circle at the 28th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway. “This... View Article

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Mopar® Keeps on Rolling: Beckman brings win tally to 11 of 14, Johnson takes second

July 27, 2015

“Fast Jack” Beckman powered to his third career Funny Car crown at the Mopar® Mile-High NHRA Nationals on Sunday, running the record of the new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to a dominating 11 victories in 14 events this season. In Pro Stock, Allen Johnson scored a runner-up finish after racing to his ninth consecutive final round at Bandimere Speedway — and taking part in a “burndown” for the ages. The victory was Beckman’s fourth of the year, a career best win total for a single season with... View Article


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Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen Finish Second in Lime Rock Park Northeast Grand Prix

July 27, 2015

Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen drove the No. 33 ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper GT3-R to a season-best second-place finish Saturday in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. The result was the first podium of the season for Keating and Bleekemolen in the No. 33 and capped a competitive weekend that also saw Keating qualify a season-best second and lead Saturday’s race. “Everybody did a great job,” Keating said. “Jeroen was really quick out there. This is one of those tracks where it’s a bunch of right hand turns, and... View Article

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“Mopar® President’s Award” Presented to Don Schumacher

July 27, 2015

During a short pre-race ceremony presentation, Hall of Fame NHRA drag racer and team owner Don Schumacher was presented with the “Mopar® President’s Award,” a special honor recognizing outstanding contributions by individuals that uphold the qualities and values that add to the Mopar brand’s legacy and reputation. Ross McGinnis, Vice President, Mopar Sales and Product Development, and Tricia Hecker, Head of Mopar Marketing, presented Schumacher with the award on behalf of Mopar President and CEO Pietro Gorlier. Schumacher was recognized for his enduring loyalty and passion for the Mopar brand... View Article

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Above and Beyond: 2015 Mopar® Dodge Charger R/T exceeds all expectations

July 17, 2015

When the engineers at Mopar® were developing the 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger NHRA R/T Funny Car body, they knew they were building something good. After all, they were replacing an already exceptional body shell and had no intentions of releasing an inferior replacement. But they had no idea that it would be this good. With 13 races under its belt, the Don Schumacher Racing team has already taken ten victories, and even more incredibly, made it into the final round at every event but one. Of the 13 events, four... View Article

Mopar® Doubles-Up on Wins at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

July 13, 2015

Mopar® earned a pair of national title wins at the 18th annual Lucas Oil Route 66 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Nationals this weekend at Route 66 Raceway thanks to victories by Allen Johnson in the Pro Stock class and Tommy Johnson Jr. in the Funny Car category. For both drivers (who are not related) it was their first trip to the winner’s circle this season and their first national titles earned at the Chicagoland facility. “All of us at Mopar are very proud of Allen Johnson and Tommy Johnson... View Article

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All-New Mopar® Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Focused On Performance

July 8, 2015

Remaining true to its performance roots, the next-generation Mopar® Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is a factory-prepped package car specifically geared for drag racing. Built on the Dodge Challenger platform, the vehicle will come with the option of either the brand’s first-ever offering of a supercharged 354-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI® engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine. The new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is designed for passionate Sportsman racers who compete in nationally-sanctioned drag racing series, such as the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The new generation Drag Pak combines the... View Article

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Beckman Scores Title Win for Mopar® at Norwalk NHRA Nationals

July 7, 2015

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Jack Beckman earned a hard-fought title win this past weekend aboard his Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car at the ninth annual Summit Racing Equipment National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. It was his third victory of the season after posting wins at Charlotte and Topeka, and also marked the ninth title in 12 events for the 2015 Mopar® Dodge Charger R/T since it was introduced to competition this season. Beckman qualified 11th and put his first round opponent, 16-time... View Article

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ViperExchange.com Viper GT3-R Wins Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen

July 2, 2015

The No. 93 ViperExchange.com/TI Automotive/Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R scored its second “Last-To-First” major endurance race victory of the 2015 season this past weekend in a wet and wild Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Marc Goossens, Al Carter and Cameron Lawrence co-drove the No. 93 to the win, overcoming a last-place grid position and all-day rain showers for another dramatic victory in an iconic North American sports car endurance race. In January, Carter and Lawrence joined Ben Keating, Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher in a... View Article

1 of 1 Viper Customization Program Intoduces New Matte-Finish Paint Option

June 19, 2015

The addition of matte-finish exterior paint across the full Viper color palette increases the available unique configurations for the 2016 model year to more than 50 million, with more than 16,000 unique paint color options and more than 48,000 unique stripe combinations. “The Anodized Carbon Viper was the first-ever use of this unique metallic matte exterior color by FCA and helped further the trend in automotive matte finish exteriors from the factory,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT brands, FCA US. “Now, by adding 8,000 new matte finish... View Article

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ViperExchange.com Team Proud of Strong Le Mans Effort

June 16, 2015

A lap-record pace and race-leading performance put the No. 53 ViperExchange.com/Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GTS-R, and drivers Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Miller, in contention for the GTE-Am class win during this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans only to have mechanical issues ultimately sideline the team late in the race’s 23rd hour. Although the team came up just short on finishing the race, they will leave France proud of more than one accomplishment. In addition to leading and setting the fastest race lap in class – a blistering... View Article

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ViperExchange.com/Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper Team Preparing for 24 Hours of Le Mans

June 11, 2015

Team drivers Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Miller arrived in France earlier this week in preparation for this weekend’s 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in which the trio will co-drive the No. 53 ViperExchange.com/Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GTS-R in the GTE-Am division. Returning to Le Mans less than a week after participating in last Sunday’s annual Le Mans Pre-Test, Keating, Bleekemolen and Miller are reuniting with a roster of Riley Motorsports teammates and support personnel that will be nearly complete by the end of the... View Article

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Successful Drive for Mopar® at NHRA Summernationals with Hagan Funny Car National Title Win and Johnson Runner-up Finish in Pro Stock

June 9, 2015

Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) Matt Hagan piloted his Mopar® Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T to a hard-fought victory this past weekend at the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey. The win was the seventh for the new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car this season and returned the reigning NHRA world champion to the top of the Funny Car points standings with a 39-point lead. “Congratulations to Matt (Hagan) for his third win of the year in the new 2015 Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T,” said Pietro Gorlier, President... View Article

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DIALED-IN DOWNFORCE: Taking Viper ACR aerodynamics to the extreme

June 9, 2015

Aerodynamic downforce. It adds stability at high speeds. It manages airflow around the car to improve cornering power and increases control. It unleashes the power of physics to add performance under extreme conditions, while enabling aggressive design aesthetics that match Viper ACR capabilities. The new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is capable of producing the highest aerodynamic downforce of any production car. Harnessing the hand-crafted culture of Viper personalization, even aerodynamic downforce can be dialed between two available packages: Dodge Viper ACR Dodge Viper ACR with Extreme Aero The Viper ACR... View Article