Two days before the Watkins Glen International race weekend, Roman De Angelis graduated high school with honors. Two days later, De Angelis landed on the podium twice. To say his future is bright is an understatement.
“I think I made a bit of a mistake on my own on the start, I’m kind of bummed about that, but obviously Max made a really good move,” said De Angelis of the early-race action on Friday. “I was pretty impressed by that. Then, going into the bus stop, I saw Riley on the outside. He missed his braking point, I think, by a lot, but I didn’t see him collecting Max, so I was able to take advantage of that and pull through and pull forward. Just an awesome car by Kelly-Moss again. With this heat and abrasion, the Yokohama held up for us. It was a pretty crazy race.” said De Angelis.
Also on Friday, Platinum Masters points leader Alan Metni finished second in class and fifth overall in the No. 99 AM Motorsports/Kelly-Moss Porsche. Metni got around Masters polesitter Fred Poordad in the No. 20 Wright Motorsports entry late in the race to get the position. Metni now leads Poordad by 14 points, 218-204, in the Platinum Masters standings with seven of 16 races on the season now complete.
David Brule won the Yokohama Hard Charger Award in the No. 48 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche as the driver who gained the most overall positions from start to finish in the Platinum Cup, Race 1. Brule finished 16th overall after starting 22nd.
Also during Race 1, Kelly-Moss driver Kurt Fazekas finished second in the Gold Cup in the No. 52 Pizzeria Angelina’s/KMR machine.
For race 2, De Angelis again started from the pole position in the No. 79 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche and led every lap en route to a sweep of the weekend’s doubleheader of races.
“I think I knew that we were going to be a lot better than we were last year,” said De Angelis of his 2019 season so far. “I had a lot of time in the offseason to kind of think about what I was doing wrong. I worked with Kelly-Moss, obviously, to help me a lot to get where I am today. I didn’t think it would be to this extent, but I’m happy to be here and happy to have the championship lead at the halfway point. I just need to keep these points coming.” says De Angelis.
Along with the podium sweep, Metni finished third in the No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports Porsche and No. 52 Kelly-Moss Road and Race driver Kurt Fazekas still sits in 2nd overall in the Gold Cup.
5 cars, 2 races, 2 overall wins, 6 podium finishers and 1 hard charger award = 1 amazing weekend for Kelly-Moss Road and Race. We not only thank the drivers but the entire team working long hours in the paddock to support our stable of cars on the track and up front.
Television coverage of the GT3 Cup Challenge USA doubleheader at Watkins Glen will air on NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 9. Next up for the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is the second and final combined event of the season with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama on the weekend of Aug. 2-4 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship IMSA Road Race Showcase weekend.