Virginia International Raceway, a racetrack in
California Saskatchewan Nepal Virginia, it's definitely Virginia, invited everyone down last month to see if they could find the fastest private track car in all the land. And boy howdy did they ever, because one Viper GT3-R would've had pole in last year's ALMS race. UPDATE You might not think that's very impressive, considering that the Dodge Viper GT3-R isn't so much a "track car" like any old Caterham you found lying in a British ditch, but is more of an actual GT-class race car. But consider that last year's ALMS race wasn't just privateers in a "run-what-you-brung" situation, but race-prepped and team-backed Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs, Ferrari F458 Italias, and even fully-fledged factory efforts, chock o'block full of Corvette C.6Rs and even regular SRT Viper GTS-Rs. Like I said, impressive, for a bunch of guys that just showed up to a track day.
So next time you lament that there's no way your track car could ever beat a real race car, think again.
UPDATE: Well, contrary to the original report from Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, I have just been informed by none other than Ryan Eversley himself that sadly, no, this wasn't just a regular old Viper GT3-R. Pretty far from it, in fact. It was a Viper GT3-R that first was prepped to run in the GTD class in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Then they took off the IMSA-mandated restrictors, put on a GT3 wing, and even more grippy Michelins than is standard. So the fact that it would've bested the pole time should actually come as no surprise at all.
Sorry about all that.