MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 29, 2015) – Kelly Moss Motorsports capped a successful 2015 campaign in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama with six more podium finishes, including an overall victory in the season-ending Rounds 15 and 16 during Porsche Rennsport Reunion V on Sept. 25-27 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The team ended the season in second place in the Platinum Team Championship, third in the Gold Cup Team Championship and with three drivers in the top three in their respective classes.
In total, the team earned 46 podium finishes this season in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned single-make series, highlighted by Jesse Lazare with 10 in the Platinum Cup to earn a second-place overall finish.
“I’m happy to finish with second, but I’m just going to continue to keep getting better every year,” Lazare said. “Thanks to Kelly Moss, thanks to all of my sponsors, and we’re going to keep pushing.”
Lazare picked up a second and third place finish in Rounds 15 and 16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, respectively. His teammate Colin Thompson joined him on the podium in the final round of the season, on the top step.
Thompson, the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama champion and 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup champion, rejoined the GT3 Cup Challenge series for the final rounds. He finished fourth in Round 15 and won Round 16.
“I can’t stress enough how great Kelly Moss Motorsports is,” Thompson said. “They work as long as it needs, until we know we can win. Really, really happy to bring it home for them for the last race of the year.”
The win was his 14th overall of the 2015 season and 17th with Kelly Moss in the last two years.
David Ducote made his Platinum Cup class season debut and continued the podium prowess he has shown all year in Gold Cup. Ducote won the Platinum Masters class in Round 15 and finished second in Round 16 in a borrowed car from teammate Frank Selldorff.
“There were no Gold cars available, so Frank was kind enough to loan me a Platinum car,” Ducote said. “After 18 months, I haven’t been in one. I figured I’d try it, and Kelly Moss really prepared the car well, and I’m surprised at how well I have done. I’m happy with the result. Platinum is looking pretty interesting for next year.”
The two podiums brought his total podium count to 14 on the season.
The duel between Jay Patel and Bill Peluchiwski for second place in Platinum Masters finally came to its conclusion. Patel earned a fifth- and third-place finish in Rounds 15 and 16, respectively, to secure his hold on second place for the season.
“It was a learning season,” Patel said. “It was really good to learn a lot more with Kelly Moss this year. The setup and the coaching helped a lot. It was overall a great season, and I look forward to coming back next year and doing Platinum again.”
Peluchiwski ended his first season in the Platinum class with two more top-10 finishes to add to his previous seven podiums. He finished eighth in Round 15 and ninth in Round 16.
Kurt Fazekas ended his first season with Kelly Moss on another high note. He has continually improved since his first race with the team in early August at Road America. At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Fazekas finished seventh in Round 15 and fifth in Round 16 in the Platinum Masters class. Fazekas never finished outside of the top-10 in class in any race.
Wayne Ducote was the one Gold Cup/Gold Masters competitor for Kelly Moss. He finished the weekend with two fourth-place finishes and secured Kelly Moss a third-place finish in the Gold Cup Team Championship.
Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, Rennsport Reunion V brought together an impressive group of Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well as the motorsports figure who have designed, engineered and driven them.
Kelly Moss would like to thank IMSA and Porsche Motorsport North America for a successful season of competition at some of the best venues in North America and for their continued customer support throughout the year.
The continuation of the team’s dominance this season has come due the continued coaching from Kelly Moss’ experienced staff as well as the detailed, industry-leading car preparation that creates reliability and consistency.
Kelly Moss is one of the most successful, largest sports car teams in America. Fielding multiple cars allows drivers to improve more rapidly and race for championships due to multiple sources of data.
As the racing season winds down, the team is already looking to 2016 and filling its championship-contending roster. Interested drivers can contact Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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