March 23, 2000 - Viper Team ORECA, unbeaten so far in the American Le Mans Series, will be aiming to maintain its record as the team tackles the second round of the series at Charlotte, North Carolina, next weekend (April 1). The Chrysler Viper...
March 23, 2000 - Viper Team ORECA, unbeaten so far in the American Le Mans Series, will be aiming to maintain its record as the team tackles the second round of the series at Charlotte, North Carolina, next weekend (April 1). The Chrysler Viper GTS-Rs have not been tested on the combined infield circuit, described as "the best of its type," nor on the steep banking. Last season, the team missed the first two rounds of the series, at Sebring, Florida, and Charlotte but won the remaining six races, five falling to champion Olivier Beretta, and three to his team-mate Karl Wendlinger. The team has started this year in style, placing all three Viper GTS-Rs on the podium at Sebring.
Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger team up in the #91 car, the same pairing that won the Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca rounds of the American Le Mans Series last season and who, with Dominique Dupuy, won the Sebring 12-Hours mid-March. Americans David Donohue and Tommy Archer line up in the second Viper GTS-R, Donohue the man who shared Beretta's winning Viper on three occasions last year, and Archer who won the season finale with Wendlinger in Las Vegas.
"We have enjoyed tremendous success with the Viper since we started our American Le Mans Series program," said Hugues de Chaunac, Director of ORECA, "This year we are facing some tough competition in our class and this has increased the challenge for our team. We cannot afford to make mistakes and throw away valuable points while we appear to have the advantage because everything could change later in the year. We will not delude ourselves into thinking that we will have another unbeaten year. All we can do is work hard and try to repeat the successes of last year."