Team SRT celebrates a victory against autism at Targa Newfoundland.
The challenging 2011 Targa Newfoundland rally is officially in the books. Solid cars, skilled drivers and generous fans combined to help SRT expand its collection of trophies and fans.
SRT CEO Ralph Gilles and automotive journalist Jen Horsey piloted their Viper ACR to a class win in the M8 Modern Large division, beating out eleven class competitors. Rob Pacione and Brian Maxwell secured the Open class championship in their Challenger 392. Automotive journalists MotoMan and Winachee rounded out the team, enabling SRT to capture the coveted Sirius Satellite Radio President's Manufacturers' Challenge.
The most important win, however, was for individuals and families coping with autism. Thanks to the generosity of SRT fans, clubs and sponsors, the team presented the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador with a check for $25,946 – more than any other Targa team. SRT was awarded the Autism Challenge Cup in honor of the team's fundraising efforts.
Over five days, the SRT team traversed through narrow roads, challenging hairpin turns and even a hurricane, but the trio of vehicles finished the race without incident. Grueling road conditions helped prove the capability of new components to be factory-installed in SRT products, including Pirelli P-Zero tires and Pennzoil Ultra synthetic oil. Lessons learned during the race will aid in the development of the next-generation Viper.
SRT would like to thank the clubs and private donors who helped support this worthy cause, as well as the talented drivers, tireless crew and endlessly hospitable people of Newfoundland who helped make the race a tremendous success.
Rob Pacione's YouTube channel contains ride-along video from Targa Newfoundland 2011.
Jen Horsey logged an account of her class-winning drive at Targa Newfoundland 2011.