Nowhere else can race fans more clearly see Dodge Motorsports’ passion for performance than at the grassroots ranks of road racing. The Dodge Viper Competition Coupe is always a perennial favorite in road course racing, but the relatively new-to-competition, Dodge Viper SRT10 and Dodge SRT4, have also been quick to impress and climb the ranks of some of the most competitive series of road racing in America. In 2006, Dodge will continue to support the amateur and professional teams and series that it considers a major component of its racing DNA.
Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
Dodge Motorsports offered nearly $0.75 million dollars in its SCCA contingency program in 2005 – believed to be the richest in SCCA history – and will continue to do so in 2006.
Among the prize money that it will award to Dodge drivers that finish first through 10th in the World Challenge Series, Dodge will further reward Dodge teams who earn points towards a Dodge World Challenge manufacturer’s championship in 2006. Dodge will also continue its SCCA Club Racing contingency program in 2006.
Dodge also announced a multiyear partnership with the SCCA to make its Street and Racing Technology (SRT) vehicle line the “Official Cars and Trucks” of the SCCA.
Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT: In a tight race for the championship, Tommy Archer drove his 3R Racing Dodge Viper Competition Coupe to a runner-up finish in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT standings.
The battle for the title came down to the wire in the last event at Laguna Seca, with Archer driving to a third-place finish. However, Andy Pilgrim finished fourth and edged out Archer by a mere six points to take the championship.
While 2005 did not bring Archer a consecutive series title, he started out the year on a high note by winning the season-opener at Sebring. The 3R Racing team then traveled to St. Petersburg, where Archer won yet again. During the 11-race schedule, he collected six top-fives and only finished outside of the top-10 once.
For 2006, Archer will drive for AutoHaus Motorsports out of Pompano Beach. Fla. He will pilot the No. 5 Dodge Viper Competition Coupe in his third season in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT division.
The 2006 season will also see the rising star of Mike McCann, 2004 World Challenge GT Rookie-of-the-Year, pilot a Dodge Viper Competition Coupe for McCann Racing.
World Challenge Touring Series:
Dodge will continue its technical support of privateer teams in the 2006 World Challenge Touring Series, including Woodhouse Racing’s Brian Smith, and 3R Racing’s Dan Aweida, who will both pilot Dodge SRT4s this season.
NayKid Racing was the first team to build and develop the Dodge Viper SRT10, in its current iteration, for SCCA use. The team was extremely competitive in its 2005 SCCA Club Racing campaign in the Touring 1 division.
Scotty B. White qualified on the pole, setting a new track record at the Mid-Ohio National Championship Runoffs in September. White finished second in the race, while teammate Cindi Lux finished fifth. White also earned the SCCA Southern Pacific Division T1 championship for Dodge while Lux added to the trophy case with the T1 Northern Pacific Divisional title.
Both drivers will be back in 2006, sporting all-new Viper SRT10 Coupes in the T1 Series.
Stan Wilson held top-Dodge honors in the T2 class of the 2005 National Championship Runoffs, finishing seventh out of a 42-car field in his No. 92 Wilson Racing Dodge SRT4. Wilson claimed the runner-up spot in the T2 Southeast Division Championship in 2005, and is expected to return in 2006.
Dodge continued to outrun the competition in the Group 5 Class of the 2005 Rally America ProRally season thanks (in part) to DaimlerChrysler employees Doug Shepherd and Pete Gladysz. Shepherd and Gladysz piloted their 320-HP Dodge SRT4 to a first-place class finish in the season-finale Lake Superior Pro Rally in Houghton, Mich. The class victory gave Shepherd his third successive G5 Driver’s Championship and gave Dodge its third straight G5 Manufacturer’s Championship. Bruce Davis, in another Dodge SRT4, finished second in the G5 Driver’s Championship and Jim Brandt, (Davis’ co-driver), won the G5 Co-Driver’s Championship.
In the Production Class – a two wheel drive class without boosted engines with limited modifications – Sans Thompson and Craig Marr earned three class victories, earning them Driver and Co-Driver titles. Sans also picked up the Woodner Cup for the best Two Wheel Driver in the country and helped Dodge clinch the Production Class Manufacturer’s Championship.
Dodge has been a fierce competitor in the last three years in ProRally competition, winning the Overall Rally Manufacturer’s Championship in 2004 with the SRT4; winning the Group 5 Championship the last three years; winning the Group 2 Championship in 2003; and now winning the Production Class Championship in 2005.