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Chrysler Discontinues Viper SRT GTS-R Racing Program

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/6/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Right after winning titles in the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship, Chrysler has pulled the plug on its GTS-R racing program.

This means the SRT GTS-R officially ended its racing career on October 4 at Petit Le Mans. Chrysler said it wants to redirect its focus on the Dodge product lineup.

"Our company has made a business decision to discontinue the SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper GTS-R racing program," said Ralph Gilles, senior vice president of product design for Chrysler Group, in a recent statement. "We are very proud of the amazing achievements our fantastic teams, drivers and partners have achieved on track the last few seasons." 2013-srt-viper-gts-r-car-91-at-mid-ohio© Provided by MotorTrend 2013-srt-viper-gts-r-car-91-at-mid-ohio

The SRT Motorsports team won the team and driver titles in the GTLM-class of the Tudor United SporstCar Championship. It finished second in the GTLM manufacturer championship. SRT driver Kuno Wittmer captured the driver's championship.

Despite its racing success, there may have been some signs indicating the GTS-R program was ending. In March, Chrysler announced the SRT Viper wouldn't be competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Considering that SRT had just come back into racing after a long hiatus, however, it is hard to say the GTS-R pull-out was completely expected.

In May, Chrysler announced that SRT would integrate back into the Dodge brand. And while we won't be seeing the SRT on the race track as often, perhaps a future Viper could re-enter the motorsports game under the Dodge brand.

Source: Chrysler Group

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