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This Week In Motorsports

This Week In Motorsports

September 10, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – This Week in Motorsports is a video recap of all the racing news and results from the past weekend under the Chrysler Group LLC banner. This week, NASCAR’s post-season is set to begin. The 12-driver field will compete in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, a 10-race dash to the championship. Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski represents Dodge, having earned his second Chase berth in consecutive years.

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New Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Motorsports team will debut two identical 2013 SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the production-based GT class of the American Le Mans Series

New Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Motorsports team will debut two identical 2013 SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the production-based GT class of the American Le Mans Series

  • New Street and Racing Technology (SRT) Motorsports team features two identical SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the production-based GT class

July 13, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R will make its first on-track race appearance Aug. 4 at the Mid-Ohio (Lexington, Ohio) Sports Car Course, SRT Motorsports officials announced today.

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2013 SRT Viper GTS-R during first on-track test at Carolina Motorsports Park

2013 SRT Viper GTS-R during first on-track test at Carolina Motorsports Park

June 8, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – SRT Motorsports recently completed the first on-track test of the new 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R with team driver Marc Goossens at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C. Beth Paretta (Director of Marketing and Operations, SRT Brand and Motorsports), Gary Johnson (Road Racing Manager, SRT Motorsports) and Goossens give their thoughts about the new car and how the test went. The SRT Viper GTS-R is expected to compete in the American Le Mans Series GT class later this year.

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Ram Runner

Ram Runner

Leaves Ford SVT Raptor in the Dust

  • Mopar Ram Runner 33 seconds faster than Ford SVT Raptor on punishing 4.73-mile loop
  • PickupTrucks.com declares Mopar Ram Runner the winner
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 Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois, celebrates the launch of the 2013 Dodge Dart; Chrysler Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne named Large Tier Manufacturer of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturers Association; Brad Keselowski captures the number one spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Aaron 499 race at Talladega Super Speedway over the weekend; Chrysler employees in Kokomo, Indiana, rolled up their sleeves to help paint and plant flowers at Howard Haven in Kokomo, home to senior and disabled residents.

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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 extended edition includes highlights of the 2013 SRT Viper and 2013 Ram 1500 unveilings at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, a look at the Moab Easter Jeep® Safari and details on Chrysler Group LLC’s best sales month in four years.

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2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket

  • Brings to life in-depth engineering and product design stories on the SRT® vehicle lineup
  • Provides an online magazine about all things SRT and motorsports
  • Offers a new social hub for the SRT community

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  • New 2012 Dodge Charger Redline features three available Mopar® stage kits for factory-tuned performance
  • Stage One features aerodynamic exterior components and interior accents
  • Stage Two features bolt-on performance parts for improved power, handling and braking
  • Stage Three features new high-output version of the powerful aluminum-block Gen III 426 HEMI® V-8 crate engine, delivers 590 horsepower
  • Dodge Charger Redline will debut at 2012 North American International Auto Show
Mopar Introduces 2012 Dodge Charger Redline

Mopar Introduces 2012 Dodge Charger Redline

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December 29th, 2011 | Ram Zone – No group of people knows Cummins-powered Ram Trucks better than the over 400 attendees of the 2011 Turbo Diesel Register (TDR) Rally at the Cummins MidRange Engine Plant in Walesboro, Indiana.

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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.

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