The ten-year Daytona 24 drought is over.
Viper returned to the Rolex 24 at Daytona after a ten-year absence this weekend when Racers Edge Motorsports ran the No. 87 Competition Coupe in the GT class. Drivers were Tony Ave, Jan Heylen, Doug Peterson, Maxime Soulet and Emilio Valverde. Unfortunately the car had to make two lengthy pit stops in the first three hours, putting them well back in the finishing order on Sunday afternoon after 24 hours.
“Qualifying a second slower than what we tested at the January Test Days was disappointing for sure,” said Racers Edge principal Jon Mirachi. "I don't think we got everything out of the car we could have and some of the changes we made to the car after the test didn't provide the speed improvements we expected.” he added. “We're certainly disappointed, but the car has tremendous potential and we're confident we can resolve the current problem and produce an excellent, competitive race car.”
The Rolex 24 at Daytona celebrated its 50th anniversary this year with a score of former winners attending. Among them was the 2000 race-winning Viper GTS-R, which SRT President and CEO Ralph Gilles drove in a parade of champions during the weekend.