Austin, Texas (13 September 2016) — Kelly-Moss Road and Race has packed its potent Porsche and headed West for this weekend’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup presented by Yokohama double-header race visit to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
The team arrives at the Formula 1-grade circuit with some race-winning momentum, as Kelly-Moss driver Jesse Lazare has scored four wins in the last four Porsche GT3 Cup races.
With four races left on the 2016 championship schedule (two at COTA and two at Road Atlanta), Lazare will look to grow his 35-point advantage in the championship standings this weekend on the 3.4-mile circuit.
The Texas race weekend is a huge one for road racing fans, with the full run of IMSA championships staging races on the weekend including the double-header Porsche GT3 Cup event. Closing the ceremonies on Saturday will be the World Endurance Championship 6 Hour race as COTA once again plays host to the international championship.
Last year’s visit to COTA was a dramatic one for Lazare, who was spun out of podium position and had to rally from 25th up to finish sixth in race one, with a more straightforward run to second place in the second race of the weekend for Kelly-Moss. The Porsche GT3 Cup has long established its competition credentials, generating the next generation of ‘names,’ in motorsport, and the big stage is one that Lazare is ready to step up to.
“This has been a good few races for us, and it’s really helped in the championship. But we’ve still got four races to go yet so we are just focused on each race ahead of us,” said Lazare, who is chasing his 10th victory of the year. “COTA is an awesome track—a real driver’s track and I’m really excited to be
back there and to be a part of the IMSA and WEC event.”
“We will miss having Kurt and Bill with us but are looking forward to them coming back soon,” said team owner Jeff Stone. “Jesse (Lazare) has been doing an incredible job and we know that we’ve got a good opportunity this weekend to keep the pressure up on the championship. It is great to have the Porsche GT3 Cup part of a big weekend like this, because we’ve seen that these drivers (Porsche GT3 Cup) are the future of sports car racing, so this is a great way for them to show what they are capable of in front of this audience.”
The event is the second (Montreal) race of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup season to be run on a Formula 1-grade facility. The weekend will kick off with practice on Wednesday, with the races set for Thursday (12:30 PM local) and Friday (7:15 PM local).