Kelly Moss Motorsports will compete against some of the best Porsche teams in the world in the final two rounds of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Oct. 31-Nov. 2 during the United States Grand Prix Formula One race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Porsche granted the team two entries as a reward for winning the Driver and Team championships this season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Reigning Platinum Cup champion Colin Thompson will headline the Kelly Moss lineup. He will be joined by Gold Cup standout David Ducote.
Thompson, Ducote and Kelly Moss will compete before an international audience at COTA. Since 1993, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has run exclusively as support to Formula One as the only Grand Touring race series. In this attractive environment, the flagship series of Porsche’s 19 brand trophy championships worldwide has developed excellently. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, in which the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is racing this year, is not only regarded as an excellent recommendation for drivers in GT and prototype racing but also offers partners and teams a perfect business platform.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by Porsche and be given the opportunity,” Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. “Colin earned the opportunity by winning the championship and then we recognized and Porsche recognized David and how strong he came on at the end of the season.”
This will be the first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup outing for Kelly Moss since participating in one-off events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 2000-06, when the series raced there during the USGP.
As a one-make specification series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup emphasizes car preparation and team preparation, a Kelly Moss specialty.
“We put good cars under our guys,” Stone said. “And we have great drivers. But we are at a bit of a disadvantage. We’ve never ran Michelin tires on these cars, and we’ve never done standing starts. It will be a steep learning curve, but we’re excited to see what we can do.”
Thompson and Ducote will race 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. Thompson will be in his orange Kelly Moss/Porsche of Bucks County, while Ducote will drive teammate Dan Weyland’s lime-green Kelly Moss Porsche.
“We have to give a huge thank you to Dan for being such a generous team player,” Stone said. “He is making his car available for David, and without it there would have been no way for David to participate. David and Kelly Moss are very thankful for him for that.”
Talented young drivers and ambitious teams use the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to draw attention to their abilities. Many of the drivers and teams that have proven themselves in the series are enjoying success in endurance racing.
The championship title is regarded as a top recommendation for a career in touring car or GT racing, enticing to Thompson, who is looking to continue to climb the racing ladder.
He will carry his championship title into COTA, where he finished second and third in thrilling races during the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series in September.
Thompson also brings an impressive season resume with 11 podium finishes in 16 races. He also recently participated in the Porsche Young Drivers Academy, where he received on- and off-track instruction from Porsche factory drivers, legends and executives.
Ducote competed in six races in the Platinum Cup class this season before jumping to the Gold Cup class, where he amassed five podium finishes and three wins in six races, including a victory at COTA.
“Our goal is to see how the cars perform with a different format and tire,” Stone said. “We’re going to learn a lot, and it will be a life experience for these guys.”
Kelly Moss driver William Peluchiwski also will participate in the event with Lechner Racing. While it will be his first race in a Platinum Cup car, he has plenty of Porsche race experience. In 2014, he drove in 15 races in a Gold Cup (2010-13 models) car, with 11 top-10 finishes and a win at the first race of the season at Sebring International Raceway.
The action for Kelly Moss at COTA starts at 4 p.m. (CT) Friday, Oct. 31 with a 45-minute practice. Qualifying takes place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, followed by the first race at 4 p.m. Race 2 starts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. The races will be approximately 14 laps. If the planned distance has not been completed after 30 minutes, the leading driver will receive the checkered flag on the next complete lap.
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