Viper Motorcycle Company has announced a marketing agreement with Pro Stock Motorcycle Teams Gottspeed Racing (rider Michael Ray) and Matt Smith Racing (rider Matt Smith) for the remainder of the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
Both teams are qualified for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship with Ray in 8th and Smith in 10th . This is Ray’s 1st full season of NHRA competition and Smith is the 2007 NHRA PSM Champion. Both riders will debut the Viper colors this weekend at the 5th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Viper Motorcycle Company VP of Marketing and Racing Operations Colbert Seagraves stated, “We have been working with Gottspeed Racing (Hal & Rugger Gottsacker) and Matt Smith since the first PSM race in Gainesville. We had just signed the two Gottsacker owned Harley-Davidson dealerships to carry the Viper Motorcycle brand. At the Gainesville event both Michael and Matt carried the Viper Motorcycle logo on their bikes. They have promoted Viper all season by using a Diamondback as a push back bike along with a Viper display in their pit area. So it just made sense to expand our relationship with both teams during the countdown to the championship and continue to raise awareness for the Viper brand.”
“I excited to be a member of Team Viper, they build an awesome motorcycle, that offers both style and performance. My goal this weekend and the rest of the season is to go rounds and hopefully win my first race,” said Michael Ray
“I have ridden a lot of bikes but the Viper Diamondback is a kick in the pants, the Ilmor engine produces unbelievable power and performance. zMAX is my home track so I want to put on a good show for both Viper and the hometown fans. We would love to be in the finals Sunday afternoon with Michael,“ stated Matt Smith.
John Silseth, CEO of Viper Powersports stated, “We want to show the world that the Viper Brand is 2nd to none in styling, performance, power, and reliability. Our relationship with Michael and Matt is only the beginning, as are working with NHRA for type approval on a Viper/Ilmor based Pro Stock Motorcycle.”
For more information visit our website at www.vipermotorcycle.com .
Source and images: Viper Motorcycle Company
Posted by Sam Kanish