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Under The Pentastar

Under The Pentastar

“Under the Pentastar” is a weekly recap of some of the major stories at Chrysler Group LLC. This week’s stories include the “New Rules” Dodge Dart commercial, SRT Viper GTS-R returns to the track, Jeep® hosts a special basketball clinic and Chrysler Group LLC teams up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its third anniversary.

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  • Celebrity race features talented collection of drivers from across the spectrum of Dodge Motorsports’ disciplines competing in identical Dodge Viper ACR-X spec cars
  • Event at Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park raises $18,000 for various charities
  • One-hour special race broadcast kicks off 11 straight weeks of 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series action on Versus

October 5, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge Motorsports is offering race fans an exciting change of pace during the prime Sunday mid-afternoon viewing slot.

Airing at 3 pm (EDT) Sunday, Oct. 9, on Versus is the first-ever “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge.” The unique one-race event was held April 13 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and featured an impressive lineup of competitors from numerous forms of racing – all united under the Dodge Motorsports and Mopar® banners.

Leading the list of participating drivers was automotive legend and Penske Racing team owner Roger Penske, making a rare appearance behind the wheel. Penske hasn’t driven competitively since the mid-1960s following his being named the Sports Car Club of America Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Joining their team owner in the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” were Penske Racing and NASCAR superstars Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr.

Also participating were Robbie Gordon, driver and team owner of Speed Energy Racing; NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson; Hart and Huntington Racing team owner Carey Hart and his AMA Supercross rider Ivan Tedesco; Formula Drifter and TORC driver Samuel Hubinette; Viper factory driver Kuno Wittmer; Viper road-course racing driver/instructor Cindi Lux; monster truck pilot Mark Hall; and ARCA Series racer Maryeve Dufault.

Filling out the racing field were event host Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT® and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC; Dodge Motorsports engineer Matt Bejnarowicz and Viper Cup series drivers Connie Bogan, Jeff Courtney, Jason Daskalos, Eric Galerne, Brad Gorrondona, Billy Gropp, Ted Hughes, Todd Nelson and Fred Roberts.

“This was truly a once in-a-lifetime collaboration for us at Dodge Motorsports and Mopar,” Gilles said. “Seeing the diverse driving talent on the track was incredible and showed the passion and dedication our group of drivers has for the Chrysler Group and our various racing efforts.”

The 24 participants for the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” were divided into 12 two-person teams. Single qualifying lap times by each of the two drivers were averaged together to determine the order for the standing start.

Teams then plotted their best driver rotation for the 50-minute timed race.

Once the green flag waved, the on-track competition was intense as 12 identically prepared, 640-horsepower Dodge Viper ACR-X spec cars began to speed around the 2.24-mile Miller Motorsports Park layout.

Halfway through the 50-minute race, each team conducted a mandatory timed pit stop and driver change.

“I can’t say enough about the generosity and mutual respect shown by each and every participant in the ‘Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge,’ Gilles added. “I’m proud to share the same common thread of being racers at heart that can take the time out to not only come together and compete on the same stage, but also raise money for worthy charity causes.”

The following charitable donations were made by the top-three finishing teams:

  • Haiti Rescue Effort – $5,000
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition – $5,000
  • Shriners Hospital – $3,000
  • Tarrant Area Foodbank, Fort Worth, Texas – $3,000
  • Children’s Rare Disease Network – $1,000
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation – $1,000
  • The airing of the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” on Oct. 9 kicks off 11 straight weeks (through Dec. 18) of Dodge Viper Cup series coverage on Versus. All broadcasts begin on the subsequent Sundays at 3 p.m. Eastern.
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine

July 8, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The most powerful, technologically advanced, high-performance Jeep® vehicle ever – the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8® will participate in the 2011 Bullrun road rally with professional race driver Robby Gordon behind the wheel. Not available until the third-quarter of this year, the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 will be a stand out amongst the other entries typically consisting of exotic sport and luxury vehicles.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the capabilities of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. With Robby Gordon pushing the limits, the world will see that the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 really is the ultimate performance SUV. Never before has there been such an expression of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement, and advanced innovative technology in one vehicle.”

-Mike Manley

President and CEO
Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is equipped with Chrysler Group’s all-new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers an estimated 470 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque – an improvement of 45 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. torque over the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces. The best handling Jeep vehicle ever features a new SRT-tuned, adaptive damping suspension managed by the new Jeep Selec-Track system that interacts with several different systems (stability control, adaptive damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control and cylinder de-activation) to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle.

The Bullrun Live Rally is the most glamorous and high profile of the new breed of high-end luxury lifestyle automotive rallies. Each year, a hundred of the world’s finest super-cars embark on an epic eight-day rolling party across the USA – bringing together a celebrity strewn cast of characters for an unforgettable adventure. Participants start each day not knowing where they will be heading next. This year’s rally takes place from July 8th- July 15th starting in Las Vegas, Nev. and ending in Miami, Fla.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

About Jeep Brand

Built on 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all six Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.

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