Ben Keating’s Viper Exchange Racing was unable to defend its GTD title at the Rolex 24 at Daytona Sunday, with the team’s No. 93 and No. 33 Dodge Viper GT3-Rs turning up third and tenth, respectively.
The GT Daytona class may be the slower sports car class in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship, but it made for some of the most exciting racing at Daytona. With just nine minutes left in the race, the No. 28 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 passed the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the lead but then ran out of fuel, handing the win to the No. 44 car and its drivers, Rene Rast, Andy Lally, John Potter and Marco Seefried.
The No. 93 Viper’s road to the podium was less exciting. After qualifying fourth, the ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’-sponsored Dodge was driven cleanly by Ben Keating, Jeff Mosing, Damien Faulkner, Gar Robinson and Eric Foss on its way to the podium finish. The car was driven almost entirely by Texas natives, with the only non-American being Irishman Faulkner.
The No. 33 Gas Monkey Garage Viper struggled to keep pace with the leaders Sunday and turned up tenth. Keating will co-drive No. 33 car this season alongside Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Miller. The next race for the Viper Exchange squad will be the 12 hours of Sebring in mid-March, where the team turned up 4th and 9th last year.