The last time a factory-backed Viper won a race in the American Le Mans Series was 2000, a season that the then-dominant Viper would've swept entirely had it not lost two of those ten races to the Corvette team. It was fitting, then, that 13 years later, Marc Goossens drove his No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R across the finish line at Road America on Saturday ahead of two Corvettes.
The race at Road America ended under caution, which normally would mean the winners were decided as soon as the yellow flag was waved with a couple of laps to go. However, the last five minutes were tense for team SRT, as the No. 91 car was very low on fuel and they weren't sure if it could complete the final two full circuits of the course. Had the race not ended with a caution that locked-in the lead Viper's first-place finish, the second Viper, No. 93, would still have had an excellent chance to win. The five leading GT Class cars, including the lead Viper, would've been forced to pit for fuel, while only the second Viper and another car, which No. 93 was leading, had enough fuel to avoid the pits and finish the race flat out.
The win in Wisconsin over the weekend marks the first for team Viper since SRT resurrected the racing version of Chrysler's supercar late last season. Since then, the team has been campaigning two cars (the second car, No. 93, earned a pole position and finished sixth on Saturday) in GT Class with four drivers, and has even competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Including last weekend's win, the team has earned four podium finishes this season. While not yet as crushingly dominant as the Oreca Vipers were 13 years ago (they accumulated 16 victories in just two seasons, including a 12-race win streak), the win on Saturday is a big step in the right direction.