• Jul 12th 2010 at 9:58AM
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Ben Keating's Dodge Viper ACR-X – Click above for high-res image gallery

Just after Dodge ended production of the current generation Viper, the newest iteration hit the track in anger at Virginia International Raceway. Ben Keating led the first race on Saturday from flag to flag with a Viper ACR-X wearing an almost identical livery to the BMW M3 GT2 art car that competed at Le Mans last month. However, Keating clearly had much better luck than the colorful German car.

Just because no one got past Keating, it doesn't mean he ran away with the race. Jeff Courtney was less than a second behind the winner as they crossed the finish line. The final podium spot went to Ryan Schmisk who came up from last place on the grid.

[Source: Chrysler]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I went to the Versus web sight and couldn't find it anywhere. Mostly bicycle racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Copyright infringement, anyone? Assuming Koons had nothing to do with this one, of course.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That paint job actually kinda gives me a cool idea... why not put some thick lines of paint on the car (from left to right) and then drive the car at 100% for a bit. I think the art that comes out of that would be sweet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No spoiler alert, huh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Think about it... most ACR-Xs are destined to live in a huge car collection somewhere. They probably will see less than 1000 miles a year, and are so rare that owners will be reasonably careful with them.

      So how are Dodge going to shift all the spare parts they made for the cars?

      Easy, let amateur and semi-pro drivers crash the hell out of them every weekend.

      Soon enough they'll be having to recommission extra parts - then they'll really be scraping in the money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lousy choice for inspiration. Koons' work has always left me strongly unimpressed.
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