SRT® Viper GTS-Rs making moves at midway of Petit Le Mans.
The SRT® Motorsports team is only halfway through today's Petit Le Mans endurance race but the new SRT Viper GTS-Rs have already made more moves in this race than in any other American Le Mans Series event in 2012.
Nearing the halfway point of today's 10-hour race, the #91 Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® SRT Viper driven by Dominik Farnbacher, Kuno Wittmer and Ryan Hunter-Reay had already come from the back to the front, taking the lead for the first time since its return to GT class competition less than three months ago.
The #91 car took the green flag from the back of the field at the start of today's event because it did not complete the required laps in Friday's nighttime practice. Despite the problems, Farnbacher made his way through the field sharply, getting into the top five by Lap 66. When the SRT Motorsports Team opted to not stop for fuel during the second caution of the race, Farnbacher put the SRT Viper GTS-R in the lead for the first time all year.
He stayed in front and paced the GT field for the next 18 laps, building a lead of more than six seconds before pitting for its first driver change as Farnbacher yielded to Hunter-Reay.
"I just got out of the car and I have to say it was incredible," Farnbacher said. "We found a pretty good setup which was very good to the tire. We were able to take care of the tires and do good lap times. We just have to wait, stay on the lead lap until the end and see where we are. At the moment, it looks very promising."
The #93 Pennzoil Ultra Viper GTS-R qualified sixth with Marc Goossens behind the wheel and had made its way to third after nine laps today before an early pit stop scrambled the strategy. The #93 has done two driver changes in the first part of the race, getting Tommy Kendall and Jonathan Bomarito in the car. The #91 was ninth at the time of this release, while the #93 is running 12th.
The Petit Le Mans event is contested over either a distance of 1,000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first. Currently, the leaders have covered 484 miles in less than five hours. Fans can follow the action via ALMS Radio or by logging onto www.espn3.com.