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Vipers primed for Grand Prix

Street and Racing Technology Motorsports enters the Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend eager to regain the early-season momentum the team established in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring and rebound from an unusual weekend one race ago at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The two-car SRT Viper GTS-R team arrives at the Laguna Seca circuit, the site of the fourth event in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, having captured two podium finishes and a pole position in the season-opening races at Daytona and Sebring.

The team is determined to return to that competitive form in Sunday’s two-hour race on the historic, 2.238-mile circuit and put Long Beach’s unforeseen setup and mechanical issues well behind them.

The Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca is contested in two events, each featuring a pair of classes, and will be broadcast live Sunday on FOX Sports 1 at 5:30 p.m. when SRT Motorsports’ GTLM class will compete along with the Prototype division.

After a part-time schedule in 2012, SRT Motorsports debuted at Laguna Seca last season and tallied a top-five result in the Monterey Bay area.

Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens piloted the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R to a fifth-place result on the famous Northern California circuit, the team’s third-straight top-five result at the time - also marking the first three top-fives by the fledgling program.

With the momentum continuing after Monterey, SRT Motorsports went on to capture its first win at Road America and first two poles in the following months. The team’s streak of top-fives continued for eight total races.

SRT Motorsports driver Jonathan Bomarito is a native of Monterey and grew up watching races at his famed hometown track. His father often took Bomarito to the track or the aspiring driver would bicycle to the circuit to watch races.

Soon thereafter, he began competing locally in karts and went on to win the first Stars of Tomorrow karting championship before moving up the ranks to Formula Atlantic and then to sports cars. In addition to his local racing experience, Bomarito also served as a driving instructor at Laguna Seca before advancing his racing career.

After finishing second in his first appearance in Monterey in 2007, Farnbacher captured a victory at Laguna Seca in his second America Le Mans Series start at the track in 2008. After starting third in the GT2 class, Farnbacher and his co-driver raced to the class lead and gained seven positions in the event to finish 14th overall.

In addition to his victory and runner-up results at Laguna Seca, the native of Germany also has results of fourth (2009) and fifth (2013) at the circuit.

The street-legal, factory-produced 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) holds the production car lap record at Laguna Seca with a time of 1:33.62.

After three of 11 races in the IMSA TUDOR GTLM class, the SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-Rs are tied for fifth in the GTLM team standings with 81 points - nine marks out of first place - and the team standings reflect the driver standings.

In the manufacturer standings, SRT ranks third with 90 points, only 10 behind first place and four points from second.