SEBRING - Street and Racing Technology Motorsports returns to Sebring International Raceway for the upcoming 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday.
The team is coming off a third and sixth-place result with the SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, as well as winning the GTLM-class pole for the event.
In addition to carrying momentum to the Florida circuit from Daytona International Speedway, SRT Motorsports' appearance in the endurance event will also mark one year since the two-car team started its first full-season of sports car competition.
When the SRT Viper GTS-Rs last raced at Sebring in 2013, the SRT Motorsports program was beginning its first-full season of competition after a four-race schedule in 2012.
The No. 93 qualified fifth for the 2013 season-opening race and the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R went on to finish fifth in the event after leading the GT class early in the race.
Both the qualifying effort and fifth-place results were bests at the time for SRT Motorsports in just their fifth event, and the team would go on to win one race and five podium finishes during the 2013 season.
Including the fifth-place result at Sebring in 2013, a SRT Viper GTS-R has finished fifth or better in 10-of-12 events in the last 12 months.
SRT Motorsports returns to Sebring coming off its best performance in an endurance event in the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Since the SRT Viper GTS-R began racing in 2012, the team has competed in four endurance races - the 2013 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 2013 Petit Le Mans and the 2014 24 Hours of Daytona - and the third and sixth-place showings at Daytona represented the team's top results in an endurance race.
In addition to the finishes, the pole-winning lap by Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R established the GTLM qualifying lap record at Daytona International Speedway and the fifth pole for SRT Motorsports.
In addition to the full-time SRT Motorsports lineup of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R and Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer in the No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R, the Vipers will be joined by drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rob Bell, respectively, for the endurance race at Sebring. Both drivers participated in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar champion, previously raced with the team in the 2012 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, while the two-time European Le Mans champion Bell made his debut with SRT in the 24-hour race.
The six drivers making up the SRT lineup have a combined one win, four podium finishes and nine top-five results in 22 career appearances in the Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Hunter-Reay captured a victory in the LMP2 class in the 2011 edition of the endurance race and was the class runner-up in last year's event.
In addition to Hunter-Reay's podium results, both Farnbacher and Goossens have appeared on the podium at Sebring.
Dominik Farnbacher, driver of the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R, thinks there are some excellent spots on the track for passing.
"Turns) 17 and one are the best for passing because it's very wide there," Farnbacher said. "It's the widest part of the race track so you can run multiple lines there and that's the best place. Last year, we were strong in 17 and we could out-brake people there. I don't know if we'll still have that advantage. The other teams are not resting - they have improved their cars and they might be good there too, but our Viper is strong. Two of my teammates (Jonathan Bomarito and Marc Goossens) did the Sebring test and said the car was very nice and comfortable to drive."