Montreal, Quebec, Canada (14 June 2016) – There is no place like home, as Kelly-Moss Road and Race driver Jesse Lazare will tell you.
It was a big weekend for Montreal’s Lazare as he put on quite a show at his home track of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve by sweeping the double-header IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA presented by Yokohama weekend which was staged as part of the big Canadian Grand Prix Formula 1 event. The double victory marked Lazare’s third and fourth consecutive wins and his fourth and fifth wins of the season. It also propelled Kelly-Moss Road and Race to the top of the team championship point standings after six races.
The GT3 Cup support race for the banner F1 event saw the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series combine to race among one another for the first time ever.
After a seemingly easy victory in Race 1 of the weekend in which Lazare took the win with a commanding lead of 4.832-seconds, Lazare came out on top once again in Race 2 driving the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Porsche in some tough track conditions with rain falling around the circuit. The two victories added valuable points toward Lazare’s 2016 championship pursuit as he currently sits second in the standings.
“At the beginning of the race, I had to be a little bit more conservative because the rain was heavy,” said Lazare. “I’ve already had a bad race in Sebring, so I couldn’t risk a DNF. So I needed to get through the first few laps. The car came in, and then we were just boogying through the rest of the race. It’s been great driving for Kelly-Moss this year, they work so hard and have given me a great car. And to be able to race and score some positive results in front of my hometown crowd, is just awesome.”
Also driving for Kelly-Moss Road and Race in the Platinum Cup division was Mike Hedlund. After starting third in Race 1, Hedlund was hit from behind and the car sustained damage. The Kelly-Moss Road and Race crew worked hard to repair the car for Race 2 with Hedlund rewarding those efforts by charging back up through the field to take the checkered flag eighth in line.
Kelly-Moss Road and Race also fielded three cars in the Platinum Masters Cup category with Kurt Fazekas, Bill Peluchiwski, and Frank Selldorff also in action. Fazekas and Peluchiwski finished sixth and
seventh in Race 1, respectively, while Selldorff was the victim of attrition and was out of the race early.
In Race 2, the three teammates bounced back with Fazekas taking fourth, Peluchiwski sixth, and Selldorf driving from deep in the pack to finish eighth.
“It was quite an honor to be able to race during a Grand Prix weekend with Formula 1,” said Assistant Competition Director Alex Stone. “It was a bit of a mixed weekend for us. We of course were absolutely thrilled with Jesse’s (Lazare) performance. We had two wins for him, but the first race was a struggle for our other drivers with contact taking two out of the race. Despite the disappointment for some of our guys in Race 1, it was good to close out the weekend back on top of the team championship.”
After a busy few back-to-back weekends of racing, Kelly-Moss Road and Race has a short break in action. The team returns to both IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA presented by Yokohama competition at Watkins Glen International and Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA action at Sonoma Raceway June 30 – July 3.