5:21 pm: Ralph Gilles on Building the Legend of Dodge

“We came out here to test and explore the limits of the car,” Ralph Gilles says. “This is a very respected track. There’s some history here. So at the back of our hearts there was some pull to come back here.” Just after the record-breaking run, Gilles shed his own race suit (for just a few minutes) to say a few words about this historic occasion, at a track that has a lot of historic significance for Dodge. You can watch a quick clip…

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5:21 pm: Ralph Gilles on Building the Legend of Dodge

4:40 pm: Standing in the Winner’s Circle


Ralph Gilles congratulates driver Chris Winkler on his record-breaking lap in the 2010 Viper ACR (before sending him back out on the track to try a few more runs), which shattered the previous production car record of 1:35.075 by more than a full second.

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4:40 pm: Standing in the Winner’s Circle

Breaking News: 2010 Viper ACR Breaks the Track Record at Laguna Seca

Chris Winkler and the Viper crew set out this morning to test out the new Viper ACR on a track for the first time — and in the course of that testing managed to set a new course record at Laguna Seca for a production car.


At 12:26 Pacific time, after six hot laps and a few hours of practice runs, Dodge SRT engineer Chris Winkler clocked a lap time of 1:33.915. Click over to our Viper Test page for a…

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Breaking News: 2010 Viper ACR Breaks the Track Record at Laguna Seca