Jesse Lazare, Mike Hedlund, and Wayne Ducote set to close 2016 IMSA season with Kelly-Moss Road and Race
ATLANTA (26 September 2016) – Newly-crowned IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Champions Kelly-Moss Road and Race will be back in action at Road Atlanta this weekend to close out the 2016 season. The weekend marks the close of another big year for the team, which has fielded winning campaigns in three different Porsche-based national championships once again in 2016.
Racing at Road Atlanta is an appropriate place to close the 2016 IMSA effort, as the Georgia track was the site of the team’s first-ever race—a winning debut in IMSA Firehawk competition with a Porsche 944 in 1989.
Kelly-Moss Road and Race will compete with three entries for the double-header season-finale. Leading the KMR charge will be 2016 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Driver Champion Jesse Lazare, who arrives in Atlanta with a record string of victories to his credit as he seeks a seventh straight victory in the first race of the weekend on Thursday.
Mike Hedlund returns to IMSA action with Kelly-Moss Road and Race following his European Le Mans Series outing last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps on board a Porsche RSR 991. Running a select schedule of IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup rounds in 2016, Hedlund will look to add to his collection of top-five finishes this weekend.
The Road Atlanta weekend is the third IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup outing of the season for Wayne Ducote, who scored sixth and seventh at Sebring ahead of his fourth and fifth place finishes at Watkins Glen International in July.
Ducote will travel with Kelly-Moss Road and Race for the team’s return to the Baja 1000 on November 20-22, as both Chapman and David Ducote take part in the event. (Read more here: http://www.
Lazare’s No. 21 Porsche will feature a special livery this weekend in honor of Team Principal Jeff Stone’s wife Ekram, and her fight with breast cancer.
“We would like to raise awareness of early and often testing for ladies of all ages for this disease and our “Every Second Counts” campaign in honor of “Lady E” is our way of getting this message out,” offered Stone. “A very special thank you to Ekram’s sister Mona who has been by our side every step of the way.”
Looking ahead to the race event, Stone is looking to finish out the season on a high note.
“We’re looking forward to closing out the IMSA season strongly this weekend,” said Team Principal Jeff Stone. “Mike Hedlund just had an awesome run over at Spa and Jesse (Lazare) has no pressure on him heading into the IMSA season-finale. It’s great to have Wayne Ducote back with us again. We’re just looking to go have fun and win a couple of races and have a whole lot of celebration.”
The Road Atlanta event begins on Tuesday with a promoter test day. Official practice takes place on Wednesday ahead of qualifying and the first race of the week on Thursday. The final IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race of the year is set for Friday.