American Viperacing to campaign the new Mercedes Powered Pagani Zonda in the full ALMS, has new race facility, changes team name.
GLENDALE, Wisconsin - American Viperacing, previously a two car, Dodge Viper GTSR team competing in the full American Le Mans Series for the past two seasons, will be back for the full 2003 ALMS campaign with several changes.
This year the team will field only one of the Viper GTSR's and replace the lead #45 Viper with the new Pagani Zonda. The Zonda, powered by a Mercedes V12, will make it's world debut at the 51st running of the famed 12 hours of Sebring on March 15th.
The Zonda is being developed and manufactured at the Pagani factory in Modena, Italy by Carsport Modena. Carsport Modena is the new company formed by Toine Hezemans, Tom Weickardt, and Paul Kumpen, which has exclusive rights for the Pagani Zonda race car.
Team Owner Tom Weickardt, of American Viperacing, LLC., has moved the race team to his new facility in Glendale, Wisconsin, and changed the team name to Carsport America. Tom states:" The name change reflects the team acquisition of the Zonda and my involvement with Carsport Modena in the production of the Zonda race car. We are really excited about the Zonda, feel it will be a great addition to the series, and create a great deal of fan excitement. We expect to have initial development issues to over come, but we are confident the Zonda will be very competitive in the GTS class this year."