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Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand has announced the 10-race 2012 season schedule for the newly named SRT Viper Cup Series Presented by Pennzoil Ultra, formerly the Dodge Viper Cup series.

Entering its third year of competition in 2012, the series will visit five of the most famous and challenging road courses at events sanctioned by the North American Road Racing Association (NARRA), including Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

A revised rules package for the 2012 season will see the elimination of race qualifying for the five scheduled Sunday races. Instead, the Sunday race fields will be set in reverse order of the finishing field from each of the previous day’s races. This inverted start is expected to lend to more on-track action as faster drivers will have to move through the field to the front.

“The SRT Viper Cup Series continues to offer a fantastic way for road-racing enthusiasts to compete in our ultimate American sports car,” said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO, SRT and Motorsports for Chrysler Group.

“The 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X is designed and built specifically for the racetrack by taking all the performance attributes of [the] Viper to an even higher level for a wide range of drivers, starting with the grassroots racer all the way up to the professional. And with the rule changes for the 2012 season, such as the inverted race field for Sunday races along with the continuation of our celebrity-driver program, the next chapter of Viper racing looks to be better than ever.”

2012 SRT Viper Cup Series Schedule

April 14-15: Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

May 12-13: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

July 7-8: Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.

Aug. 25-26: Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, N.Y.

Oct. 20-21: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.