SRT will be documenting its second season – and first full season – of Viper GTS-R racing in the American Le Mans Series with a new web series called Beyond the Checkered Flag. We don't know much yet, but the team has released a teaser video (below) and promises the series will run at least four episodes, if not more. The videos will feature all six drivers who are responsible for piloting the No. 93 and 91 Viper GTS-R cars that compete in each race, and each episode will be told from a different perspective of the action (drivers, the pits, the fans, etc.).

As we've mentioned before, the return of the Viper to motorsports is a big deal, and we're excited that SRT Motorsports has decided to document it. The car's first go around in racing began in the late '90s and peaked during the fledgling seasons of the then-new American Le Mans Series when the Viper GTS-R won 16 of 18 races during 1999 and 2000. The new Viper GTS-R hasn't been nearly as dominant as the original since returning to ALMS racing last August, the team having only just achieved its first podium finish a few weeks ago in Long Beach with one of its cars finishing third.

The first episode of Beyond the Checkered Flag, which should air in mid-May, will focus on preparations for the 2013 season, specifically the time leading up to the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring in March. Spoiler alert: the team didn't win its class, though the No. 91 car did lead for much of the race and finished fifth, scoring valuable championship points to kick off the team's first competitive season back.

Scroll down to watch the trailer for Beyond the Checkered Flag.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 22 Comments
      Xedicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      So partial season, new teams, new drivers, new car and still podium? That's a very solid start if you ask me and at the very least a good enough start for other teams to take notice of a serious contender. Can't wait to see how this season shakes out!
        Cory Stansbury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xedicon
        They didn't mention the pole position and the fact they led much of the race. They'll get their first win soon enough. Just need to put the right pieces together at the same time. The car and drivers are competitive.
          richard gear
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          Strange to be competitive with old obsolete technology ?
        SteveM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xedicon
        I agree, and I'm a Corvette Racing fan. I saw their finish, and said "Ruh Roh"... Viper is back. :-)
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Viper, making Covettes come in second place since late 1988 and a reality in 1991.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Right now the Corvette team is such a well oiled machine, its going to be difficult for the Vipers to keep up. BMW's are also pretty dominant.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        As a Viper fan, I like this. Unfortunately, even if they dominate, it will be hard for me to attribute it to the car. The rules are so restrictive that the team strategies, organization, drivers, and politics all likely have more to do with victory than the base platform of the racing car :( The Viper's biggest advantage will be how under-stressed components are. Should pay dividends in 24 hour races. Torque off the corners will also play in.
        Martin Edmonds
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Soooooo when MT pitted the GTS against the ZR1 and said Viper lost what was that? Not to mention that on the track the C5R and C6R dominated.
      Brandon Allen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome! I really hate there aren't more season compendium shows like this for rally and road course races. I used to love the old WRC Rally tv shows that broke down each rally week into a single 1-hour episode. I think a few seasons are still on Hulu. This will be a welcome roundup for a sport that's difficult to follow live.
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's obvious that SRT is trying to expand it's exposure as the most significant American performance brand, especially with absence from NASCAR. Next year at Daytona.
    • Load More Comments