Testing got under way this weekend at Daytona, and before we know it the 2014 racing season will officially kick off with the Rolex 24 at the end of this month. That's prompted a number of teams to announce their driver lineups for the inaugural IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship, and Chrysler's SRT Motorsports team is the latest among them.

The two new additions to the SRT lineup consist of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rob Bell, two seasoned drivers who ought to help the Viper cross the finish line ahead of the competition. The 2012 IndyCar Series champion, Hunter-Reay is a proven talent across numerous series, having won races in IndyCar, CART, Champ Car, ALMS and Grand-Am. Meanwhile Rob Bell is a two-time European Le Mans Series champion, having driven for the liked of McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hunter-Reay will join returning drivers Dominik Farnbacker and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 Viper GTS-R, while Bell will team up with Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer under No. 93. They'll be up against some fierce competition in the GTLM class from the likes of Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Risi Competizione and Team Falken. Scroll down below for the official announcement.
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RYAN HUNTER-REAY AND ROB BELL COMPLETE SRT MOTORSPORTS DRIVER LINEUP FOR 2014 IMSA TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

- Both drivers will join team for endurance events, including the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 25-26, 2014
- Returning full-time drivers include Jonathan Bomarito, Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens and Kuno Wittmer
- Driver lineups set for both SRT Viper GTS-Rs

January 3, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - SRT Motorsports announced today that Ryan Hunter-Reay and Rob Bell will join the factory two-car team for the extended endurance races in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014.

Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar Series champion, returns to the SRT Motorsports team he competed with in 2012 and is looking forward to getting the upcoming racing season off to a good start overall.

"The SRT Motorsports program has come such a long way in a short period of time," Hunter-Reay said. "This is truly one of the most competitive forms of GT class racing in the world and for the Viper GTS-R team to earn three poles and a win last season is outstanding. I have a long history with the Riley Technologies family and am looking forward to working with the same group in 2014 to again represent SRT on the track."

Hunter-Reay competes full-time in the IndyCar Series for Andretti Autosport. With 10 years and more than 150 career starts, he has recorded 11 victories behind the wheel of an Indy car. In 2012, he secured the series championship after capturing a league-leading four victories in the season. Hunter-Reay is the only driver to earn wins in IndyCar, CART, Champ Car, ALMS and GRAND-AM.

Early in his career, Hunter-Reay was the 1999 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Champion. In 2002, he won three races in the Toyota Atlantic Series and then moved up to the Champ Car World Series in 2003 and scored his first win at Surfers Paradise in Australia. In 2004, he then led all 250 laps en route to victory at The Milwaukee Mile, the historic track where he also recorded back to back wins in 2012 and 2013.

Hunter-Reay has 16 previous starts in the former GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series where he owns one victory in 2007 at Miller Motorsports Park Toole, Utah, and four total podium finishes. He has seven starts in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with a best finish of second overall in 2013.

Hunter-Reay will join returning drivers Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R. Hunter-Reay and Goossens have a winning history together and were co-drivers in the 2007 Utah GRAND-AM victory driving a Riley Technologies-entered Riley Daytona Prototype that also carried No. 91.

A McLaren GT factory driver, Bell has been racing sports cars for more than eight years after working his way through the ranks of karting and single-seat race cars. During this time, he has driven for Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche, competing in all the major sports car series, including the European and American Le Mans Series and FIA GT. He has competed in the sports premier endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.

"After seeing the steady progress the SRT Motorsports team has made, I can't wait to get behind the wheel at Daytona and compete against some of the best GT class teams in the world," Bell said. "Being the new kid on the block that is joining a team as it continues to grow and get better with every race, I'm confident it won't take long to feel right at home."

A double European Le Mans Series (ELMS) champion, Bell began his career in the UK Formula Renault championship, taking two titles before moving into sports cars in 2005. Since this time he has completed five seasons in ELMS, taking the GT2 titles in 2007 and 2008. He has made six 24 Hours of Le Mans starts with a best finish of fourth in GT2 in 2009 after having spent most of the race in second place. Bell has also made five starts in the Spa 24 Hours, including a second-place finish in 2009, and he also has a GT runner-up finish in the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Additional U.S starts include a return to Daytona for the 2012 Rolex 24, four Sebring appearances and three Petit Le Mans starts.

Bell will be joining returning drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer in the No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R.

"With Ryan returning and Rob joining SRT Motorsports, we've solidified our team for competition in the longer endurance events," said Beth Paretta, Director of Marketing and Operations – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. "We can now turn our focus to continuing to get ready for Daytona and the upcoming season. We're excited to kick off the new season and confident that we can continue improving and have an even better year in 2014."

All six SRT Motorsports drivers will be participating in a press conference this Fri., Jan. 3, at 12:20 p.m. in the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway where the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona is being held, Jan. 3-5. The season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, the inaugural race of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will be run Jan. 25-26.

SRT Motorsports and the Viper GTS-R
SRT Motorsports has partnered with Riley Technologies, based in Mooresville, N.C., on the design-and-build of the SRT Viper GTS-R race cars. Two identical SRT Viper GTS-Rs will compete in the production-based GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The SRT Viper GTS-Rs will be competing against the Aston Martin Vantage, BMW Z4 GTE, Corvette C7.R, Ferrari F458 Italia and Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The GTLM class cars share many styling similarities to their showroom brands.

About SRT Brand
The Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.

The 2014 SRT lineup features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT, Dodge Challenger SRT, Dodge Charger SRT and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT join the flagship SRT Viper, which made its highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market in 2013.

Follow SRT and Chrysler Group news and video on:
SRT site: http://drivesrt.com
Chrysler media site: http://media.chrysler.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/drivesrt or www.twitter.com/chrysler
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/drivesrt or http://www.youtube.com/pentastarvideo
Chrysler Connect blog: http://blog.chryslergroupllc.com
Streetfire: http://www.streetfire.net/profile/chryslervideo.htm
Corporate website: http://www.chryslergroupllc.com


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      TheAutoBlog
      • 11 Months Ago
      Instead of spending tens of millions of dollars per year on the racing program, why don't they spend a few bucks on proper marketing? SRT marketers seem like boneheads that think that spending $50 million on racing actually sells cars. NEWSFLASH, selling 426 cars/year is not considered successful! Sad that the marketing guys that selfishly promote the racing series may end up killing the entire Viper brand due to lack of sales (which ironically is what they are supposed to prevent).
        • 11 Months Ago
        @TheAutoBlog
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          TheAutoBlog
          • 11 Months Ago
          It's never been a 400 car/year seller. It's a loss leader at that level and quite frankly, embarrassing, since they were aiming for 1500-2000 cars.
        Pj Taintz
        • 11 Months Ago
        @TheAutoBlog
        Clearly you do not understand how a halo works. People like the car, go to the dealership to see the car, buy its younger brother
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Pj Taintz
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      Bill Burke
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's good to see Chrysler taking the SRT program for Viper seriously, but in other areas more of a commitment is needed. In NHRA Pro Stock, two of the few Dodge/Mopar teams have switched to rival Chevy leaving a huge numerical deficit for Dodge at every event. Dodge needs more Pro Stock teams, not fewer. Worst of all is the failure of Dodge to return to NASCAR. Ralph Giles had vowed to address that awful situation quickly with a few Dodge teams. We're still waiting for even a comment on that situation since it would seem, with growing profits at Chrysler, two or three teams could have been formed by now. Far more popular in the states than IMSA racing, fans want to see winning Chrysler products on NASCAR ovals and NHRA drag strips now.
        Sir Duke
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke
        Mr. Burke: I hate to inform you, but that "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" phenomenon is dead in NASCAR. The drivers are the stars of NASCAR now, not the cars, blame NASCAR for that. Chevy versus Ford versus Dodge and lately Toyota is just a cultural feud. Lots of folks drive a Ford to the races and root for Jimmy Johnson, Dale Jr. or Tony Stewart, all Chevy drivers. IMSA and NASCAR have different target markets. IMSA's problem is that there are no races in the population centers that buys the bulk of those cars. They would pull larger crowds if they had a race in Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles proper. All of the tracks are out away from the populace. The merger should help, Daytona 24 should have a huge crowd this year.
      _M7_
      • 11 Months Ago
      go MOPAR....but it should be on red whit stripes ;)
      Trent
      • 11 Months Ago
      Damn that car is beautiful! How would you like to see that things bearing down in your rear view mirror?
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      JanP
      • 11 Months Ago
      The GTD class racing in TUSC will be fascinating to watch. I intend to watch all races. There will be 911 GT America, Ferrari 458, STR Vipers, BMW Z4, Audi R8, and probably a few others pitted against each other. It will be fascinating to watch to many different cars competing together. Of course, some equalization work will have to be done to allow them all to race together on equal terms. For example, the Z4 has a V8 engine even though a production Z4 doesn't have one, while the Viper will be seriously detuned compared to production version.
      steve.matsukawa
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is not the Mopar of the 1960's and 1970's. Mopar has pulled the rug out from under many championship winning drivers. Bobby Hamilton and Ted Musgrave in the NASCAR truck series, Richard Petty and Brad Keslowski in NASCAR, many NHRA champions and the list goes on. This consistent inconsistency has more often than not, sunk the racing efforts of Mopar. I am a Mopar fan of many, many years and have been amazed at how Mopar treated their champions. If I were in charge of the racing program at Mopar, there would be buildings full of racing trophies. The French racing team ORCA has won their class at Le Mans, the Daytona Rolex 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and many other endurance events. They even won the Daytona Rolex 24 Hours outright over the prototype racers. What doesn't help are that Mopar vehicles have been consistently hobbled by ruling body rules that include cutting horsepower, heavier weight and other handicaps in order to let lesser engineered racing vehicles win. Racing used to mean 'run what you brung', but now 'parity' is what racing is all about. If it wasn't for these debilitating rules, Mopar would have won many more championships and will have displaced Chevy, Porsche and other makes in creating racing dynasties. Mopar forever!
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