The Viper name returns to the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since 2013 after the Riley Motorsports-run car was promoted from the event's reserve list.
The Riley Motorsports-TI Automotive Viper team have gained entry into the French endurance classic as a result of SARD-Morand pulling one of their Morgan LMP2 EVOs from the event.
The future of the team's other entrant remains up in the air, with the team facing an uncertain future, as explained to Motorsport.com in this candid interview with an unnamed team driver.
The Viper team has enjoyed a strong start to their year in TUDOR United SportsCar, winning the Rolex 24 in the GTD class and coming mere minutes away from also winning Sebring before they were forced to pit.
The ACO confirmed Thursday that the No. 53 Dodge Viper GTS-R will take the place of the LMP2 in the 56-car field. Viper hasn't been seen at Le Mans since 2013, contesting the GTE-Pro class as a factory effort. Obviously, the team will be part of the GTE-Am class this time around.
Jeroen Bleekmeolen, Ben Keating, and Marc Miller will pilot the Viper. The No. 49 KCMG Oreca 05 Nissan is next in line on the reserve list, should another team forfeit their invite.