A while ago we announced that the SRT Team from Dodge/Chrysler would be touring the US, and stopping anywhere along the way that you wanted them to. The SRT guys will be running three teams: a stock 2012 SRT8 392 Challenger, a track-stacked and vicious 640hp 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR-X, and the Lime Green 2008 Challenger SRT8 driven in the 2008 Targa Newfoundland.
For those of you unacquainted with the Targa Newfoundland, it’s a road (tarmac) rally covering 1,400 miles winding through the scenic lands of Newfoundland. The event is held in September every year over the course of a 7-day period and is made possible by over 2,200 volunteers from over 70 Newfoundland communities.
The event allows the owners of historic, classic and modern sporting motor vehicles to drive them the way they were designed to be driven in a rally competition. In the event each vehicle competes against itself on a handicap basis as well as against other vehicles.
Several events are run over the same stages, which remain closed to other traffic during this time:
Touring event, a time-speed-distance rally (TSD Rally) emphasizing precision in maintaining the average speed set by the organizers;
Targa event, where the objective is to meet or slightly better the stage times set by the organizers for the age, displacement and modification level of the vehicle.
Every competitor who completes all stages within the established trophy times wins a Targa plate. There are also trophies for overall placing in the Touring and Targa events, and for placing within the various categories within the Targa event, as well as trophies for national and marque teams, and for the best-placed novice team.
The SRT brand’s efforts over the weeklong rally will be for a good cause. The three teams will be racing not only to win, but in order to raise $50,000 for the Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador. The Targa Newfoundland runs from September 10-17, and you can follow along at Targa Newfoundland’s site, and at DriveSRT.