MADISON, Wis. (April 29, 2014) – Kelly Moss Motorsports is ready to keep the momentum going at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after a strong performance to open the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season.
The Kelly Moss Motorsports team is second in the GT3 Platinum Cup and Gold Cup standings after the first two rounds of the season, during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on March 13-14. But that’s not a comfortable spot for team president Jeff Stone.
“The goal is to be at the top of the points championship,” Stone said. “We had a good run at Sebring, but we want to take over that number-one spot.”
Driving for Kelly Moss at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be Colin Thompson (Platinum Cup), David Ducote (Masters, Platinum Cup), Paul Barnhart (Masters, Gold Cup), Bill Peluchiwski (Masters, Gold Cup) and Dan Weyland (Masters, Platinum Cup).
Thompson is second in the Platinum Cup standings after two runner-up finishes at Sebring, while David Ducote is ninth in Platinum Cup and fourth in Platinum Masters. Peluchiwski is third in the Gold Cup standings after winning the class in the first race at Sebring.
The key for continued success for all Kelly Moss drivers is smooth consistency, Stone said.
“We need them to stay on track,” Stone said. “Not get involved in any one else’s problems and just drive clean. If they do that, we are going to be looking good by the end of the race.”
Kelly Moss veteran Barnhart will make his first start of the season after missing the opening rounds at Sebring.
The team spent time in Denver last week for testing, preparing for the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course and the famous “Corkscrew” turn found on California’s beautiful central coast.
“Only one of our drivers had driven at that track, but it was very similar to what we’re expecting at Laguna,” Stone said. “The elevation, grip and distance are close to what they will experience this weekend.”
Kelly Moss drivers also are studying in-car video and track notes from the team’s engineers and coaches, as well as using simulators to prepare for the challenges of the legendary Laguna Seca circuit.
Practice starts Friday, May 2, with qualifying at 9 a.m. (local time) Saturday, May 3. Two 45-minute races are scheduled for Sunday, May 4, with Race 1 at 9 a.m. and Race 2 at 5:15 p.m. For live updates on all the action, follow @IMSALive on Twitter.