Famous Little Race Car To Be At Dunham Chrysler,Dodge, Jeep Dealer In April
For the month of April this SCCA Neon will be on display at Dunham Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, & Dodge Truck at 1006 South Wayne Street in Angola ,IN. It will be on loan from The National Military History Center & Automotive Museum in Auburn,IN. There will also be a very cool lookin Dodge Viper on display as well .
This 1995 Dodge Neon "Challenge" ACR race car with Vin.# 1B3ES27CXSD561931 was the first(designated 01) of the initial five hand built race cars for the development and initiation of the Dodge Challenge series.
After racing in several of these "Celebrity Challenge" races the vehicle was purchased by Roy Sjoberg directly from Chrysler. It was the only one of these initial vehicles which was allowed (by Chrysler legal) to be registered and licensed for the road and was subsequently rallied in several SCCA events. This vehicle was "campaigned" for 4 years in SCCA road races including Mid-Ohio, The Inaugural "Route 66" race, Elkhart Lake, and many other race courses. This vehicle has a "blue printed" engine and was updated to the latest SCCA specifications(at the time), including a specific race seat. To Roy's knowledge it is the only Dodge Neon which raced in the IMSA Series at Mosport,Ontario (at that time).
Consequently, the numerous decals which had to be covered during the competing series races(example, IMSA Series required Toyo Tires).
Roy's race helmet which he used for the initial Viper testing at the Indy 500 speedway for the Pace car approval laps for the 1992 500 race is displayed on the passenger seat.
Team R-Squared S LLP was made up of volunteers, including The R-Squared S Drivers Roy Sjoberg, Ray Schilling, and Sara Sjoberg. The other driver was Victor Sifton of Canada who drove a Viper at the Lemans race in 1996 and finished 10th overall. The pit Boss was Al Fields.
Roy H. Sjoberg was named Executive Engineer-Viper Project in February 1989. In that position, he created and managed the Project Team for the development and production of the Dodge Viper. Very few cars in the history of the American automobile have captured the imagination of car enthusiasts worldwide as has the Dodge Viper RT/10, GTS, and the GTSR. What started as an outrageous concept muscle car at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit led to a bold corporate experiment and a street-legal production car in 32+ months. The "Platform Team" concept envisioned by Sjoberg to bring the Viper to production became the corporate-wide organizational structure for Chrysler
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