The factory-backed SRT Vipers aren't going to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year and it's all our fault.
As Sportscar365 reports, multiple French sources claim that ChryslerCo is pulling its Vipers from the only 24 hour race that matters other than the one at the Nurburgring.
Why? The answer is obvious.
The Viper made its return to the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic last year, as the first year of a planned multi-year program.
However, lower-than-expected sales of the V10-powered sports car recently forced the temporary closure of its production plant in Detroit, likely prompting a tightened budget on its motorsports programs.
Ouch. We've covered this before, Chrysler has hit the Viper's Detroit factory with layoffs and slowdowns due to disappointing sales. This is the last factory in Detroit building complete cars, which is sad. The Viper is also the only big-engined American sports car that was supposed to race at Le Mans other than the Chevy Corvette, which is additionally sad.