When the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R hits the track for the 2012 Ohio Sports Car Challenge at Mid Ohio raceway, there will be two teams in the ALMS GT class – the silver and blue #91 Viper sponsored by Forza Motorsport (this was the car that helped debut the new race Viper at the New York Auto Show) along with the silver and yellow #93 Viper sponsored by Pennzoil Ultra. The #91 Viper will be driven by Canadian Kumo Wittmer and German Dominik Farnbacher while the #93 Viper will be driven by Belgian Marc Goossens and American Tommy Kendal.
Wittmer, Farnbacher and Goossens were announced as drivers of the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R right after the introduction of the new race car but experienced road racer Tommy Kendal announced recently that he would be the fourth full time driver for SRT Motorsports in the American LeMans Series. When the new Viper factory backed race program was announced months ago, the fourth driver listed along with Wittmer, Farnbacher and Goossens was American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay but like recently announced driver Jonathan Bomarito – Hunter-Reay will only participate in the longer races that require each team to have three drivers.
When the 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R makes its racing debut in Ohio early next month, the #91 and #93 Vipers will help comprise a 13 car field for the GT class of the American LeMans Series. The full lineup for the ALMS Ohio Sports Car Challenge is as follows:
Car # - Car Make – Drivers – Sponsor
01-Ferrari F458 Italia- Scott Sharp/ Johannes van Overbeek - Tequila Patrón
2- Ferrari F458 Italia - Ed Brown/ Guy Cosmo - Tequila Patrón
3 - Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 - Jan Magnussen/ Antonio Garcia – Compuware
4 - Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 - Oliver Gavin / Tommy Milner – Compuware
17- Porsche 911 GT3 RSR- Wolf Henzler/ Bryan Sellers- Falken Tire
23- Lotus Evora- Bill Sweedler/ Townsend Bell- Battery Tender/ William Rast/ Yokohama
44- Porsche 911 GT3 RSR- Seth Neiman/ Marco Holzer - eSilicon/ Osmo Nutrition
45- Porsche 911 GT3 RSR- Jörg Bergmeister / Patrick Long - eSilicon/ Osmo Nutrition
48- Porsche 911 GT3 RSR- Bryce Miller/ Sascha Maassen- Dunlop/ Chopard
55- BMW E92 M3- Jörg Müller/ Bill Auberlen-BMW
56- BMW E92 M3- Joey Hand / Dirk Müller –BMW
91-SRT Viper GTS-R-Kumo Wittmer/ Dominik Farnbacher-Forza Motorsport
93- SRT Viper GTS-R- Marc Goossens/ Tommy Kendal-Pennzoil Ultra
The American LeMans Series GT Class season championship point standings are currently topped by Gavin and Milner in the #4 Compuware Corvette followed by Magnussen and Garcia in the #3 Compuware Corvette in second and Joey Hand and Dirk Müller are third in the #56 company backed BMW entry.
The Ohio Sports Car Challenge is set to begin on Saturday August 4th at 1:05pm EST, running for 2 hours and 45 minutes with the checkered flag scheduled to drop at 3:50pm. The race will be broadcast on ABC starting at 2pm on August 4th while those Xbox Live/ESPN3 viewers can catch the action beginning at 12:15pm via their Xbox 360 console.