ALMS and GRAND-AM merger marks the dawn of a new era in sports car racing.
SRT Motorsports has been part of a historic year in the world of sports car racing. First, the brand announced the return of the SRT Viper GTS-R to full-time competition with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), and now another chapter is added as SRT Motorsports will be a participant in a single, unified sports car series starting in 2014. ALMS and GRAND-AM Road Racing have merged, creating one series that will begin competition following the 2013 campaign.
"Congratulations to both leadership teams for unifying their efforts to create what will certainly be an amazing new series featuring outstanding sports car competition at some of the most legendary race courses," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "From a factory team perspective and with our recent return to the track with our new SRT Viper GTS-R, we're looking forward to working together to make this new series the best in the world for our teams, sponsors and all fans at the track or watching from home."
SRT Motorsports competed in the American Le Mans Series inaugural season in 1999, winning all six of the races in the GTS class, and earning the GTS team championship. Team Viper followed that up with another stellar season in 2000, recording victories in 10 of 12 races, en route to claiming both the GTS team championship and the manufacturer's title. That marked the last time the SRT Viper GTS-R contested a full season in ALMS. The SRT Viper GTS-R was also victorious in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2000, an event sanctioned by GRAND-AM.
Both ALMS and GRAND-AM will operate under their current 2013 schedules that are already in place, with the first race of the new unified series being the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona. SRT Motorsports has one more event on the 2012 docket for the pair of SRT Viper GTS-R race cars, taking to the famed Road Atlanta circuit for Petit Le Mans on October 20.