A look at the Dodge Viper on pit row

The Dodge Viper struggles in return to Rolex 24 at Daytona

Yesterday marked the end of the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona which for the first time in 10 years featured a Dodge Viper in the field but sadly, when the race drew to an end the mighty Viper failed to live up to the success seen by Viper entries over a decade ago due to some early mechanical issues.

In early December 2011, the governing body of the Rolex 24 at Daytona announced that the 2012 event would see the return of the mighty Dodge Viper Competition Coupe to the grueling 24 hour race. The Dodge Viper (or Chrysler Viper, depending on where they were racing) was a major player in the GT class of Grand Am endurance racing with a handful of class and overall wins around the world in the 1990s. Unfortunately, as the Viper program evolved through the new millennium, the teams that previous relied on the Viper moved on to other vehicles and the Dodge Viper entered a 10 year hiatus from the endurance racing world. Thanks to the folks at Racers Edge Motorsports, 2012 would mark the end of that hiatus with the Rolex 24 at Daytona marking the triumphant return of the ultimate American supercar to the Grand Am Series.


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