A History Of Success

The first Viper GTS-R hit the track in 1996 during the Rolex 24 at the famed Daytona International Speedway in Florida. That same year three Vipers competed in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, with all three finishing the race, including one that was among the top-10 overall in the final rundown.

Making its first trip to Victory Lane in 1997, the Viper GTS-R won an FIA GT event at Hockenheim in Germany, en route to claiming both the Driver and Manufacturer championships in the series. This would begin a string of three consecutive FIA GT titles and five overall international GT titles for Team Viper. The Viper GTS-R scored its first class win at Le Mans in 1998 and would claim victory in GT2 for three straight years, running 1-2 in each of those events.

Stateside, Team Viper Won the ALMS GTS class manufacturer and driver championship in 2000, the last full year the GTS-R competed with the series prior to this year. That same year, the Viper GTS-R became the first production-based American car to capture the overall win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The GTS-R returned to full-time sports car racing competition in 2013, with the former American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The No. 91 of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens were victorious at Road America, returning to Victory Lane for the first time in well over a decade. Between the No. 91 and No. 93, the team picked up a total of five podium finishes in ALMS competition. A return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans also highlighted the 2013 campaign.

In 2014, Viper claimed the driver championship with Kuno Wittmer, and the team championship with the No. 93 GTS-R, piloted all season by Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito, in the GTLM class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The championships were the first major North American sports car road racing titles for Viper in more than a decade and came less than three years after returning to competition halfway through the 2012 racing season. The No. 93 won twice in 2014 and combined with the No. 91, the Viper team earned a total of 11 podium finishes, the best of any manufacturer in the class.

Viper owners and enthusiasts have always been racers — pure and simple. From the first time it turned a lap on the track, the Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R was a world-class race car that built a legacy by competing in world-class events. That legacy continues in every production model of the Dodge Viper SRT that was inspired at the track.

A look back at the Viper GTS-R and its significant mark on endurance racing.