Morgan wins first Dodge Viper Cup Race of 2011
Newcomer A.J. Morgan, a 21-year-old veteran racer from Darien, Ill., won the first Dodge Viper Cup race of the 2011 season. He averaged 28.5 mph on a drying track, passing Texan Ben Keating prior to the back straight on the final lap at Sebring International Raceway, Sebring Florida on Saturday.
That's not a misprint. The average speed is correct. The race was only four laps long; two under full course yellow after Dave Fiorelli's single-car crash right at the green flag took out the concrete wall just past the starting line. The race was finally stopped while crews repaired the wall, then the field formed for a scored lap behind the pace car leading to the re-start with Morgan at the head of the single file pack.
The starter threw the green and the white flag NASCAR style, and the race came down to one flying lap free-for-all to the checker.
Keating grabbed the lead from Morgan into the first turn, but Morgan jumped on a chance to get him back late in the lap: "I got beside him coming out of ten," said Morgan, a former go kart and midget driver. "We hit some puddles into the next turn and touched. A little rough racing, but I held him off to the end. We have a little work tonight to make sure the left front is OK for tomorrow."
Billy Gropp brought his Dodge Viper ACR-X from sixth to third during the lap while World Challenge vet Jeff Courtney came fourth in the melee.
Fiorelli was unhurt in the crash, but had to convince the rescue crew that the blood on his driving suit came from a small cut earlier in the day in the pits and not from the wall banging. His car was too damaged to run in Sunday's Race 2.
2011 Dodge Viper Cup Round 2 - Sebring
Jeff Courtney survived an event-filled race to take Dodge Viper Cup Race
Two this weekend at Sebring International Raceway. He was gridded third for
the standing start and fell in behind second fast qualifier A.J. Morgan as
pole man Ben Keating got a great start and entered the fast Turn One car
lengths ahead of the pack. Keating did not make it through as he carried
too much speed and spun off into the tire wall. He was able to back out,
taking a few tires with him, and re-joined the field in last place, his
passenger door stove in and various parts loosened in the undercarriage.
The course was under a full-course yellow for two laps and when the race
went green Courtney out-dragged Morgan, taking a short-lived lead until
Morgan got a good run on him out onto the back stretch and went by. Morgan
led easily, but for only a couple of laps before losing his clutch. He
slowed entering that same back stretch and Courtney went by again.
"At around Bishop's Bend I wanted to go from four to three and it wouldn't
go," Said Morgan. "Then I noticed that the clutch pedal was flat on the
Morgan dropped way back as he sorted out clutchless shifting and Billy
Gropp's Mopar Dodge Viper inherited second place. Gropp was black-flagged
for an alleged yellow flag violation and served a drive-through penalty
re-entering the fray in last place. That penalty is under review by race
officials, so the finishing order is not yet official.
Morgan got going again but then blew a front tire and was out of the race.
By then Courtney had a huge lead on new second place man Todd Nelson.
Keating clawed his way back up to third, dragging his undertray behind.
Back in the paddock he acted as if he had won the race after an epic drive.
Dave Fiorelli drove Keating's back-up car in the race after heavily
damaging his own Dodge Viper ACR-X at the start of Race One.
2011 Dodge Viper Cup Round 5 -- Virginia International Raceway
Ben Keating continued his dominance of the Dodge Viper Cup series by taking
the pole by nearly one-and-a-half seconds and leading all the way to the
race victory. Jeff Courtney qualified on the front row, but let Ted Hughes
through into second after a bad start. He was back ahead of Hughes by lap
two, but by that time Keating was a hundred yards ahead and flying.
Courtney pecked away at Keating's lead each lap, but was too far back and
never got close enough to challenge. He finished second, but had the race's
fastest lap. Hughes held position the rest of the way and gained his first
"I got a good start," said Keating, "But Ted got a great start, and tucked
in behind me going into the first corner and that gave me a little bit of
margin ahead of Jeff. I got ahead by three and a half seconds and I was
able to manage that. He was a second and a half behind at the end, which
Two-time race winner A. J. Morgan had electrical gremlins in the morning
practice session and was unable to qualify, so he had to start the race
from the last row.
"We had a shorted wire in the system and it took three hours to find and
fix it," said Morgan. "Then we had to go out and take a hardship lap just
to shake everything down, make sure it worked, and right after that went up
to the grid and went out and ran [the race]. There was no time to rest.
That was tough. I have nothing left in me."
Morgan passed six cars on the first lap, crossing the start-finish line in
10th-place. From there he marched up the order, passing two more
ViperACR-Xs on the third lap and ending the race in fourth place after
passing Dave Fiorelli three laps from the end. Fiorelli scored his second
straight fifth place finish.
Eric Galerne, in sixth place, had one of his best results since starting
the series. Connie Bogan, too, had a good result with a seventh, while
Brian Makse, one of the two celebrity drivers brought his Viper ACR-X in
eighth. Chris Burandt, the other celebrity driver, finished 16th.
"It was frickin' awesome," said Burandt. "I got behind the Number 3 car
[driven by David Mazyck] and we just had a battle all day. At the start I
got into turn one way too hot and I didn't look at the corner, I just
looked at Number 3's bumper saying 'uh oh, uh oh.' So much fun."
"I was just focused on keeping Chris behind me," said Mazyck. "He was all
over me. There were six of us all within tenths of each other in qualifying
[Brad Gorrondona, Larry Carter, Brian Makse, Bernie Katz, Mazyck and Chris
Burandt in that order qualified at 2 minutes, two seconds and change], so
we were looking forward to the race, but guys ahead of us were spinning and
that gapped us."
"Just fantastic," said Makse, "I was just clicking off laps, kind of lost
from the cars in front, but made sure the cars behind stayed behind."
Keating extended his lead after five rounds, the halfway point, in the 2011
Dodge Viper Cup Series Presented by Pennzoil.
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2010 Dodge Viper Cup - Round 6 at Pocono Raceway
Ben Keating won Dodge Viper Cup Race Two today, stalking yesterday's Race
One winner Keith Verges for much of the contest before banging past on the
infield section at Pocono Raceway. Verges finished second. Yesterday their
positions were reversed. Both cars bore evidence of a coming-together as he
and Keating battled for position. Race officials adjudged the damage to be
the result of a "racing incident."
Keating took the pole over Verges by just over a second during a damp
qualifying session in the morning and won by two seconds in the 20-lap race
this afternoon. After the standing start Verges jumped ahead of Keating
into the high-banked Turn 1 and the two drove off into the distance. They
finished a half-minute clear of a race-long fight among guest driver Bucky
Lasek, the usually-fast Ryan Schimsk, a competitive Jim Stout and
third-place qualifier Eric Galerne. They, along with Michael Von Quilich
were closely matched throughout the race.
Galerne held third place briefly on the first lap before being overwhelmed
by Schimsk on braking through Turn 2 into the sharp left-hander into the
twisty infield section. Galerne, who was very competitive in Race One,
slipped back behind Stout and Lasek where he remained until the finish. At
the end of the first lap, Verges led Keating, the now third-place Schimsk,
followed by Stout, Lasek, Galerne and the rest.
Verges and Keating pulled steadily away from the pack with Keating
beginning to close the gap until he made the move that put him in the lead.
"He was fast all weekend and deserves the victory," said Verges, who had
his breakthrough win yesterday after close finishes in the previous races.
The second pack, led by Ryan Schimsk, started to rumble late in the race as
Lasek threw out his conservative race plan. "I planned to lay back and keep
Dodge's equipment safe," he said, considering his eventful Race One
yesterday. "But I realized with three laps left that I had a chance for a
podium finish." He went for it, suddenly carving big chunks out of
Schimsk's lead. He got close on the second-to-last lap, but was caught
behind lapped traffic approaching the speedway section. He ran the
high-speed turns very fast and caught Schimsk again as they entered the
infield. He slipped past Schimsk only a couple of turns before the
finishing straight, a move the spectators cheered.
Guest driver Allen Johnson finished eighth after a careful race. "I drove a
really smooth race until about five laps from the finish when I actually
thought I could catch sixth place, but I got sloppy and spun out. I had a
great time and I loved it--this is hard work," he said.
Connie Bogan was ninth. David Mazyck scored a DNF in what amounted to a
shakedown run in the Viper ACR-X that he damaged during a test run at
Florida's Palm Beach International Raceway before the season.
The next Dodge Viper Cup event takes place October 2-3 at Miller
Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah. The final event is at Spring Mountain
Motorsports Ranch, Pahrump, Nev., October 23-24, 2010.
"The 25 Speed Rain Darkness Damage Glory" Nissan Team Diary At The 25 Hours Of Thunderhill
A lone and scrappy Nissan Sentra SE-R run by LeMons / ChumpCar alumni ran
against Honda and Mazda factory efforts at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Here is how they Survived the 25.
We showed up at Thunderhill like any confident/cocky racing team. We
thought we would win it. The only problem was there were 68 other teams
that thought they were going to win. The nerve of those guys.
We found a few issues to worry about during testing on Thursday. We learned
that getting the car off the ground in the bypass (Turn 5) was cool for the
photographer, but it made the suspension work way too hard. We trashed a
wheel bearing which needed to be replaced.
Jumping the car also destroyed the main front wiring harness from the left
front tire rubbing (thus losing power to the headlamps and making seeing at
night quite difficult). This little discovery kept Craig Rohning, Simeon
Gracy, Dan "Gadet" Bordeau and AJ Gracy up late thrashing on the car to get
it ready for qualifying.
We also found out during testing that the little SE-R was running 94.5
decibels on a track with a 95 maximum sound limit. We decided to play it
safe and redo the Exhaust, requiring
one to be fabricated by Napa Valley Muffler and delivered by Bay Ex
directly to the track ASAP. It arrived just in time and was bolted on two
minutes before qualifying. The new Exhaust worked great for diverting sound, and it
also worked great at diverting carbon monoxide into the cab of the Nissan.
Wanna get high anyone?
Round 6 | Dodge Viper Cup | Pocono Raceway | Part two
Round six of the Dodge Viper Cup was held on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at
Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. Part two of two.
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On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman pits two
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Despite a huge gap in price, both of these long-nosed, front-engine, RWD,
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Installing Roe Racing Smooth intake tubes on a Dodge Viper Gen II V10.mp4
I decided to install as Roe Racing SS and red smooth air intake tubes and a
set of K&N filters. According to what I have read it will pick up 8 HP but
I did it for looks to get rid of the ugly accordion tubes. On a 2000 dodge
Viper Gen II 2 same as 1996, 96, 1997 97 1998 98 1999 99 2000 00 2001 01
2002 02. Only issue I had was the front bolt to the airbox were rusted and
I broke on off, so I had to take time out to replace both front bolts.
Total time about 20 minutes