NayKid Viper SRT10 Thunder Rolls at Thunderhill Lux Gives Viper SRT10 Coupe First Two SCCA T1 Victories WILLOWS, Calif., March 21, 2006 -- That rumbling sound you heard coming from Willows, California's Thunderhill Raceway Park this weekend...
NayKid Viper SRT10 Thunder Rolls at Thunderhill
Lux Gives Viper SRT10 Coupe First Two SCCA T1 Victories
WILLOWS, Calif., March 21, 2006 -- That rumbling sound you heard coming from Willows, California's Thunderhill Raceway Park this weekend wasn't the work of Mother Nature. Instead, the thunderous growl echoed from Dodge's SRT V10 as it launched Cindi Lux (Aloha, Ore.) to two Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) victories on the three mile course. Lux gave America's premier super car its first two SCCA Touring One (T1) class victories in its closed-top, Coupe iteration. The Double National race weekend proved a high performance declaration that the twin KUMHO Tires/ Dodge Motorsports/ SRT Vipers of NayKid Racing were gunning for the SCCA National title with both Lux and teammate Scotty B. White (Puyallup, Wash.).
The opening salvo that rocked the traditional fortress of the Chevrolet Corvette came in qualifying for the first race. White narrowly beat Lux to the pole position by an astoundingly tight three one-hundredths of a second in his No. 3 KUMHO Tires/ Dodge Motorsports/ SRT/ CORSA Exhaust/ Red Line Oil Viper. However, it was Lux that sprinted to the lead from the all-Dodge Viper SRT10 front row. Once at the point, the 1999 American Le Mans Series Women's Global GT Series Champion fought off White to take the checkered flag in the first race. The victory was the first National race victory for Viper's Coupe, launched late last year and developed by Dodge Motorsports, SRT and Lux Performance LLC over the winter for T1 competition.
"The KUMHO Viper SRT10 was really hooked-up at Thunderhill," recounted Lux. "For a brand new race car, I couldn't be any happier. What we learned with the Roadster seemed to really click with the Coupe too so that will make it a lot easier transition. This hot rod really is shinning out there."
Making the victory in Race One even more remarkable was that Lux, the 2003-'05 Northern Pacific (NorPac) Divisional Champion in T1, was suffering from torn ligaments and tendons in her right arm. The injuries were the result of a fall in the paddock just minutes before the start. She would rally to beat White, a seven-time T1 Division Champion, in a nose-to-tail battle between the two teammates.
With the second, and final, race of the weekend ready to take the green flag with White on the pole, Lux had to fight through the pain to take her second victory of the season. She gained a break when the stiffest competition to her No. 78 KUMHO Tires/ Dodge Motorsports/ SRT/ Nike/ MOMO USA/ Forgeline Viper, White, was disqualified for a pit lane violation early in Sunday's race. From there it was a matter of persevering through the pain and holding back the remaining competition.
"Saturday's race, after I took the fall, I was OK," said Lux. "Not too much pain and I was really happy with how the race went. Sunday was a different story. That took a lot more out of me. That was probably the toughest race, physically, I've ever run. To win that race, even though it came at Scotty's expense, was really gratifying. Scotty cannot buy any luck this season. When we did have clean sessions, the Vipers were solid on track and they felt GREAT. Can't wait to get to the next race and put the hammer down!"
With two class victories, Lux leads the NorPac Division T1 class. White is currently second on the Southern Pacific (SoPac) Division title chase. The dual KUMHO Tires/ Dodge Motorsports/ SRT Vipers will compete in 12 more races prior to the 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. October 10-15.