Ruedisueli is pleased to confirm that
what was learned on track over the past
two seasons will be applied to next-gen
Vipers and Dodge SRT models as a whole.
“We used previous Viper track variants
to improve the current car,” he says,
“and there’s no question we’ve learned
several lessons that will help us create
even greater products going forward.”
As well as the mechanical side,
Ruedisueli notes the substantial gains
made by the Dodge SRT crew members.
“Our Riley Technologies guys put so
much effort into getting pit stops really
synchronized,” he says, “and that was a
vital element in our success. And doesn’t
that show how tight the competition was?
The fact that pit stops have become so
crucial even in endurance races.”
The SRT full-season driver quartet
– Wittmer, Jonathan Bomarito, Marc
Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher – echoed
that human strength in depth, proving able
to drive on the limit while minimizing errors
and two TUDOR Championship titles were
the deserved result. They mean that Dodge
SRT Motorsports bowed out of U.S. sports
car racing in the finest possible style.
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If you thought of the Dodge Viper only
as an endurance racer, which led to its
appearance at the TUDOR Championship
awards ceremony in New York City
(ABOVE), GTLM champ Kuno Wittmer
also demonstrated its ability in the sprint
race format of the Pirelli World Challenge.
In a one-off event in Toronto, he drove a
GT3-R Viper to second in the first race…
and then won the second.
“That was fun!” recalls Wittmer. “We did
no testing beforehand, but the car is so
capable. Its overall aero package and the
bigger rear wing that’s allowed on
GT3-spec cars meant we didn’t have to
do much fine-tuning at all. It just worked.”
It was still a challenging car to drive,
with fewer electronics and more engine
power, but the car’s behavior – and the
fact that he’s raced Vipers since 2010
– meant Wittmer was at ease.
“Standing starts [as per PWC regs ]
were a bit of a challenge, but our tires
came up to temperature better than the
opposition, so I was able to catch up and
make passes. The Viper is so fast and just
gives the driver so much confidence.”
KUNO’S OTHER KINGDOM
VENI, VIDI, VICI IN A VIPER
“We didn’t have an engine
reliability problem in two-
and-a-half years, which is
Driving into the sunset with a couple
of trophies in the trunk. (ABOVE LEFT)
GTLM Drivers champ, Kuno Wittmer.
(ABOVE RIGHT) TUDOR Championship
Awards saw Viper No. 93 hit NYC streets.