MADISON, Wis. (April 6, 2015) – After a six-podium opener at Sebring International Raceway, including overall victories in both races, Kelly Moss Motorsports is gearing up for a New Orleans-style weekend for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Kelly Moss is setting itself up for another strong showing with a seven-driver team to race during the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, including young Canadian star Jesse Lazare in the Platinum Cup championship. Lazare had an exceptional weekend at Sebring with an overall sweep while racing with a wounded Porsche 911.
“We’re so proud of Jesse,” Kelly Moss Motorsports Vice President Jeff Stone said. “We found out after Sebring that he raced the entire weekend down on power. There was an issue with his induction system, a misinstallation from the factory, and we appreciate Porsche’s help with a solution. We’ve got him up to full power now, so he’s going to be even more of a force to be reckoned with.”
Jay Patel, Bill Peluchiwski and Frank Selldorff will compete in the Platinum Cup and the Platinum Cup Masters championship. The team tested in February on the 2.74-mile road course at NOLA Motorsports Park, giving them vital information about the new circuit. Patel suffered a foot injury in a crash during the test but rebounded with a Platinum Masters podium finish at Sebring.
“We tested at NOLA in February, and all the guys did really well,” Stone said. “Bill and Jay, minus his incident there, both did well, and we’re looking for them both to keep the momentum from Sebring.
“It’s a nice circuit and good facility. There were extra curbs added for the IndyCar guys, but we’re always up for a challenge. We’re really looking forward to it, and there’s just going to be a neat atmosphere in the paddock.”
The team is also partnering during the race weekend with New Orleans team NOLAsport, which is based in a facility at NOLA Motorsports Park. Driver John Crosby, from nearby Mandeville, Louisiana, and NOLASport owner Jon Scheurich will be included in the team as a Platinum Cup Masters Championship contender.
“We’re going to join forces with NOLAsport and bring John Crosby under our tent for the weekend,” Stone said. “I’ve known both of them for a long time, and they’re both great friends. We’re going to help them learn the series and help them get up front. It will be a good partnership for us, especially being at NOLA.”
The father-son duo of Wayne and David Ducote – both New Orleans natives – will be back in the lineup in the Gold Cup Masters Championship, bringing a unique experience to the weekend. This month has been full of festivities for Wayne Ducote’s 70th birthday, which takes place Friday, April 10, the opening day of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama practice.
Tireless Wayne Ducote scored his first career overall Gold Cup podium last month at Sebring, just three weeks shy of his 70th birthday.
“Wayne is on a journey right now,” Stone said. “He’s partying like a Roman this month for this birthday. But he’s just enjoying life with his family and friends, and he’s really looking forward to this race. He’s been having fantastic races, and we’re looking forward to him continuing that.”
David Ducote is returning after an unfortunate opening weekend at Sebring in which he was eliminated from both races after being caught in other drivers’ incidents.
“David is going to have a big comeback,” Stone said. “He couldn’t have had worse luck at Sebring. We expect him to bounce back and get back on the championship track.”
Qualifying for NOLA starts at 9:10 a.m. (CT) Saturday, April 11, followed by Race 1 at 2:25 p.m. The second 45-minute sprint will take place at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 12. Live timing and scoring is available at scoring.imsa.com for all sessions.
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