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Dodge Viper GT3 proves fastest track car 2015

They came, they saw, they conquered. Fifty of the country’s fastest track cars descended upon Virginia International Raceway on July 17 for the 2015 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports. After a full day of thrills and spills, Ben Keating and Riley Motorsports took the overall win in their Dodge Viper GT3-R with a 1:46.44 time through VIR’s hills.

 

While the Riley Motorsports team walked away with top honors for the second straight year, it wasn’t a walk in the park. Another professional driver, Mike Skeen, gave chase in a tube-frame Ford Mustang and managed a 1:48.52 lap time. 
 
The driver roster wasn’t limited to pro drivers. Dez White, former NFL wide receiver, finished sixth in his Porsche 911 Turbo.
 
Mills Robinson also repeated his success at the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge, winning the Fastest Vintage award for the second straight year in his 1967 Chevy Camaro.
 
 
This year's event wasn't just dominated by track-only builds, though. Rick MacPherson finished in fifth place overall with his Nissan GT-R, turning a 1:52.14. The most impressive part: After the event he drove the car home–all the way to Nova Scotia. 
 
Also impressive: A completely showroom stock entry managed a 12th-place finish. When we say showroom stock, we mean it. The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR driven by Chris Winkler ran in as-delivered form, down to the street tires fitted at the factory. Even so, this monster managed a 1:56.73 lap time.
 
The Ultimate Track Car Challenge is an annual competition held by Grassroots Motorsports for the sole purpose of finding America’s fastest track cars. Anyone can enter with any type of car. The event has been hosted at VIR for the last eight years.
 
Full event coverage will be featured in the November issue of Grassroots Motorsports, including a complete run through the entire pack. A free copy of the magazine can be requested online right here
 
Virginia International Raceway is hidden away in the hills of Alton, Virginia, straddling the border of Virginia and North Carolina. Since its reopening in 1998, VIR has grown to be one of the finest tracks in the nation. The beautiful 17-turn, 3.27-mile course offers complicated curves and elevation changes for the ultimate driving experience. 
 
Article by Rick Gooslby
rick@grassrootsmotorsports.com
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