Dodge Viper Cup Series Inaugural Season Continues on Versus

By Auto News Log • August 12th, 2010

Hallett Motor Racing Circuit Plays Host for Doubleheader Race Weekend

– Dodge Viper ACR-X, the ultimate special-edition model of America’s ultimate sports car, returns to the race track
– Previous race winners, Ben Keating and Ryan Schimsk, look to stay out front on the track and on top of series’ standings
– Celebrity drivers making their series debuts include Steven Cole Smith from AutoWeek magazine and former open-wheel racer Richie Hearn

Auburn Hills, Mich – The inaugural season of the Dodge Viper Cup series continues this weekend with a doubleheader at the 1.8-mile Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, Okla. Races No. 3 on Saturday, Aug. 14 and No. 4 on Sunday, Aug. 15 will feature 10 new Dodge Viper ACR-X spec-series racers.

Drivers Ben Keating (No. 33 Viper ACR-X) and Ryan Schimsk (No. 67 Viper ACR-X) look to follow up their July race wins with strong performances at the fast and challenging 10-turn road course, which is located 35 miles west of Tulsa. Keating currently leads the 2010 points standings while Schimsk is close behind in second place after two of 10 events.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting doubleheader race weekend of Dodge Viper Cup series action,” Gary Johnson, Road Racing Manager for Dodge Motorsports, said. “The summer weather in Oklahoma is sure to be scorching this weekend, and we’re expecting the action on the track at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit to be just as hot.”

Broadcast coverage of this weekend’s races on Versus (subject to change) is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 5 (Race No. 3) and 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 12 (Race No. 4).

‘The’ Ultimate Special-edition Viper

Combining the best performance attributes of the record-setting, street-legal Dodge Viper American Club Racer (ACR) and the safety equipment of championship-winning Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X is powered by the SRT-developed 8.4-liter V-10 engine, equipped with factory headers and a low-restriction exhaust system that produces 640 horsepower (40 more than the production model) and 605 lb.-ft. of torque (45 more than the production model).

The suspension also is tuned and upgraded specifically for on-track usage with unique springs, two-way adjustable shocks and adjustable sway bar links.

Curb weight is a full 160 pounds lighter (compared with the standard-production Viper) to take on even the most challenging road course. Additional aerodynamic upgrades, including quad-dive planes and underbody ducts, improve downforce, while enhancing stability and significantly improving grip in high-speed cornering.

Following the initial production run of 25 units of the turn-key, non-street legal race car that were quickly purchased by racing enthusiasts and collectors, Dodge has built an additional 25 units, bringing the total of 2010 Viper ACR-X models to 50.

Similar to the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the Viper ACR-X contains factory-installed safety equipment such as a factory-designed roll cage, fire suppression system, fuel cell and race seat. Additional racing components, including a transmission cooler, rear differential cooling system, unique front rotors with larger surface area and improved brake cooling via scoops in the front fascia, are added to meet the significant durability and reliability requirements for on-track competition.

The Viper ACR-X is designed to compete in the Viper Racing League, Sports Car Club of America and National Auto Sport Association events.

Viper Racing Heritage

The Dodge Viper has enjoyed a successful racing heritage that began in 1996 with the original Viper racing entry, the GTS-R, which earned five international GT championships and the 1997-1999 FIA GT championships. It also posted an amazing overall win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000 – the first for a production-based American car.

Viper finished 1-2 at The 24 Hours of LeMans in GTS class for three consecutive years: 1998 – 2000 and also captured GTS class, manufacturer’s and driver’s championships in the American LeMans Series in 1999 and 2000.

The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, introduced in 2003, delivered the next chapter of that history with its coupe-shaped carbon/Kevlar body and a track-ready chassis, based on the Dodge Viper SRT10. The Viper Competition Coupe has continued the on-track prowess by capturing the 2004 SCCA Speed World Challenge GT title, championships in Formula D Drifting series in 2004 and 2006 and the British GT Championship in 2007 and 2008.

www.viperheadquarters.com

Dodge has created a new website designed to showcase the Dodge Viper both on the street and on the track. Check out the online home for all things Viper at www.viperheadquarters.com.

Viper Racing League

The Viper Racing League is one race series within the group of three (including Challenge Series and Driving School) sanctioned by Viper Days. The series has five remaining event weekends scheduled for the 2010 season at some of the country’s most prestigious race tracks. For more information including the 2010 race schedule, visit www.viperdays.com.

Source: Dodge

 

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