Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) kicks off their 31st season of professional racing this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Fielding a five-car team in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, KMR is looking for strong results as they battle to land another Team Championship title for 2019, while also doing some very important work on behalf of some young race fans fighting their own battles.
18-year-old Canadian KMR driver Roman De Angelis will be representing “Racing for Children’s” sponsored by Medical Properties Trust to benefit Children’s of Alabama, one of the leading pediatric medical centers in the U.S., and its medical research efforts to treat and cure every form of childhood cancer. Roman’s “Racing for Children’s” car carries colorful handprints of actual young cancer patients at Children’s and this inspiring cause is very important to Roman and the team (www.racingforchildrens.org). De Angelis is anticipating plenty of local support for the race.
“Our roll out of the new car with Roman at Children’s of Alabama yesterday here in Birmingham was tremendously uplifting for all involved and we so look forward to this every year.” said Jeff Stone, Sr. of Kelly-Moss Road & Race. Stone added, “We at Kelly-Moss Road and Race are very pleased to continue our support of Roman De Angelis and his quest for the IMSA GT3 Cup Platinum Championship in 2019. Roman has proven himself to be an outstanding young man and a fierce competitor in all series he has been involved in. Our relationship continues to grow with Roman and I feel confident his career is on a dynamic path of success.”
De Angelis is joined on race weekend by drivers David Brule (Platinum Masters), Scott Welham (Platinum Masters), Alan Metni (Platinum Masters), and Kurt Fazekas (Gold) who are all looking for strong results in their respective classes.
Fazekas, driver of the No. 52 ‘Rat Fink’ car says, “I really enjoy the entire experience at Barber Motorsports Park. Last year we finished first in race one and second in race two. I’m looking forward to 2019 with our new crew chief Chris Nott as we fight for the championship for KMR.” No. 52 will race in honor of Charles Town, founder of their new sponsor Intrametco, who passed early this year and do their best to honor his legacy and show his spirit is still alive. The Porsche one-make series makes a booming return this weekend to Barber with a 30-car field, its largest since 2014, so there is sure to be some great on-track action. Both of the weekend’s two 45-minute races will be streamed live on IMSA.tv (Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET, Sunday at 12:55 p.m. ET) if you want to join in on the action. Kelly-Moss will also share some behind-the-scenes footage through their Instagram account – be sure to follow if you don’t already!