IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Driver Championship
IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Team Championship
PCA Club Masters Championship
12 IMSA wins – Jesse Lazare
10 Wins in PCA competition
6 Pirelli Cup Podiums
8 GT3 Drivers
5 Pirelli Cup Drivers
8 PCA Drivers
Madison, Wis. (30 November 2016) – Even for a team with a winning history like Kelly-Moss Road and Race, the 2016 racing season was one for the record books.
On any given weekend in 2016, you could most likely find Kelly-Moss Road andRace at a racetrack somewhere around North America, and just as often, you would find them racing out front.
With the team participating in three different Porsche series, Kelly-Moss Road and Race competed in 23 different race weekends with four of those weekends featuring two different race series on two different tracks. In total, that’s over 70 days spent racing, not including the numerous private tests conducted by the group.
And Kelly-Moss Road and Race isn’t just making laps. The team has incrediblenumbers to back up their efforts on the road and back home in the shop.
Having raced in every single IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama event since the series-opener in 2005, Kelly-Moss Road and Race has made 706 starts with 71 victories, 129 podiums, and six championships in that series alone – some remarkable figures.
In 2016, the team was once again a competitive force in three different all-Porsche championships, managing campaigns in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, and PCA Club Masters Championships.
With championship-winning campaigns in both IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and PCA Club competition, 2016 was the 28th season of competition for the team, which reached a new level of success. Kelly-Moss Road and Race kicked off its championship efforts with a win in the first IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama race of the year, and then closed out the year with a win at Daytona International Speedway in PCA competition.
Key to the success has been a committed approach not just to car preparation, but also to investing in strong engineering resources as well as driver development and coaching. The team benefits from having a tight-knit core crew group that sees very little turnover.
“It was really an unbelievable season for us, in all three championships, and we will grow a bit here in the off-season to be even better next year,” said Team Owner Jeff Stone. “We are proud that not only are we able to compete for championships, but we also help our drivers develop to be able to either move up to the next level, or just become more competitive racers. It is important to us that everyone is developing and continues to push, and the results that our customers have achieved I think shows that.”
With the checkered flag having flown on 2016, the team is focused on continuing those winning ways once again in 2017 across three different championships as Kelly-Moss works to finalize plans for three separate championship campaigns.
Those efforts will kick off with a title defense in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series, which will begin with the traditional Sebring opener in March and competes as part of the IMSA WeatherTech and Formula 1 event weekends. The first race of the 2017 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA season will kick off that championship in April, while the PCA Club season will open at Sebring in February.
Several drivers have already made their commitment to the team for the 2017 season, but the team has not yet sold out its allotment of opportunities in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, and PCA racing for next year.
“Having the year that we did in 2016, we are all pretty excited to get things going for 2017,” said Stone, who recently scored a podium in Baja 1000 competition as part of the traditional Team Lonestar Kelly-Moss customer program. “With Jesse (Lazare) moving up to WeatherTech this year, we’ve got some opportunity with our IMSA program and with the new car coming (Porsche GT3 Cup), there is a lot of excitement about the kick off at Sebring. We have a great core group of customers and also opportunities for new drivers. We are looking forward to growing all three of our programs in 2017.”