Autoweek has learned that the pair of factory-backed SRT Vipers named on the entry list for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans will not make the trip across the Atlantic for the race in June.

“We regretfully and respectfully decline to participate in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Brand and Motorsports. “We are honored to once again be invited by the [race organizer, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest] to compete in this historic event, and they were the first to be informed of our decision. We will remain focused on our North American racing program in 2014.”

“We are sorry to learn that SRT Motorsports has withdrawn from the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Vincent Beaumesnil, the ACO's sports director. “Viper had a lot of success in the GT class of our race back in the '90s and their return last year was very promising. There's no doubt that come 2015, SRT will certainly find [its way] once again [to] the Le Mans track and we will be happy to welcome back this highly valued competitor.”

SRT Motorsports will continue to run the No. 91 and 93 SRT Viper GTS-Rs throughout the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship series season, with its next outing coming in the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase in Long Beach, Calif., on April 12.

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