Capping its steady rise
over the course of the year,
the SRT squad claimed the
first victory for its new-generation Viper GTS-R in
the American Le Mans Series
race at Road America. Dominik
Farnbacher and Marc Goossens
held on for the car’s first triumph on the
first anniversary of its debut.
Rain and two full-course cautions
jumbled the order and positioned the
two Corvettes in front, but an inspired
Goossens hunted down and passed the
Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen
C6.R for the win.
“Man, it was a great race,”
SNAKES AND LADDERS
Goossens enthused. “We
gambled a little bit on the
fuel. We had to save fuel, but
had to push as well.”
The Viper’s pace was
underlined by the other SRT entry of
Jonathan Bomarito taking pole for the
second consecutive race. The new winners
provided another boost for ALMS GT,
which had three winners among its five
manufacturers in the first six races.
No more knocking on the door – the Viper GTS-R’s blown it open
At least we know where we’ll be watching
United SportsCar Racing, after the merged
entity concluded an exclusive TV deal with
Fox Sports that will put all its races on FS1
and 2, the new names of SPEED and FUEL.
The “merged grid”
photo-op at Road
hard decisions that
remain, but a general
shape is emerging.
THE WING TAKES FLIGHT
The Panoz Delta Wing demonstrated its most competitive form to date at Road
America, including a stint at the front of the field. “We really proved what the
essence of the Delta Wing is all about,” declared driver Katherine Legge.
The matter of performance equivalency between the
merged classes will be challenging, as a pole lap comparison
from the races at Road America illustrates. However, keep in
mind that Grand-Am uses a control tire, ALMS does not.
Grand-Am DP to ALMS P2 gap:
5.222sec, which is equal to...
Grand-Am GT to ALMS GT gap:
7.773sec, which is equal to...
CLOSE THE GAP
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