The Kelly Moss Motorsports team will pull double duty this weekend as it races at both Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, and Road America in Elkhart, Wisconsin.
“We try to have it worked out before the season even starts,” Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. “We have the infrastructure and the staff to handle it without any problems. The key is to have designated leadership roles. We’ve been doing this for quite some time, and we’re looking forward to a great weekend with both series.”
The 4-mile, 14-turn road course at Road America – located just 100 miles from Kelly Moss headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin – will be the next stop for the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT Cup presented by MOMO for Rounds 10 and 11.
The PWC GT Cup event will feature championship leader and Kelly Moss young star Colin Thompson.
Thompson leads the GT Cup field. He has a 303-point lead over second place Lorenzo Trefethen, followed by Kelly Moss/TruSpeed Autosport teammates Sloan Urry and Phil Fogg Jr.
“The key for Colin is to score points and stay clean,” Stone said. “We want to keep the momentum going, but not at the risk of damage. We have a bit of a home-track advantage. All three guys have a great chance of podium finishes, and we’re looking forward to seeing them all three there.”
The first 50-minute race of the double-header weekend will begin at 1:35 p.m. (ET) Saturday, June 27. Race 2 will start at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, June 28. Both races will be live streamed at www.world-challengetv.com.
The rest of the Kelly Moss team will set up shop 780 miles east at the historic Watkins Glen International, where the seven-car powerhouse lineup will compete in Rounds 4, 5 and 6 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
While the series hasn’t raced since April at NOLA Motorsports Park, the team has been busy testing and running Porsche Club of America events to keep its drivers in top racing form. Multiple test sessions at The Glen have prepared the team to compete for the top step of the podium.
“We had two great days of private testing followed by high-quality wins at the PCA event,” Stone said. “We got some good time on the track, great setups for the cars, and we feel good about having three races this weekend.
In the Platinum Cup, young Canadian Kelly Moss star Jesse Lazare will look to close the gap in the points championship. He is second in the standings with 52 points, four out of the lead. After a season-opening sweep in March at Sebring International Raceway, Lazare finished fifth in Round 3 at NOLA Motorsports Park. But his Watkins Glen preparation has him ready to retake the top spot.
“NOLA was a bit of a heartbreaker for him,” Stone said. “After such a great start at Sebring and a good qualifying at NOLA to be pushed to the back was unfortunate. But he had a great drive from the back of the pack back to the top five. It was a blessing in disguise to have the second race rained out. It allowed us to take a step back and get back on the right track. He had a stellar test day, and I fully expect a lot more wins and absolutely a championship.”
Kelly Moss will have four drivers competing in the Platinum and Platinum Masters Cup classes. Bill Peluchiwski, Frank Selldorff and Jay Patel all return to the team, while fellow series veteran Dan Weyland will make his season debut.
“We’re excited to have everyone back,” Stone said. “We’re happy to have Dan back with us after him missing the beginning of the season. Frank has a new look for his car that will debut this weekend, and we’re looking forward to seeing Bill and Jay both continue to be competitive out there.”
The father-son duo of Wayne and David Ducote will represent the team in both the Gold and Gold Masters championships. Wayne Ducote is second in the Gold Cup and Gold Masters point standings. He has finished on the Gold Cup overall and Gold Masters podium in two of this three starts this season.
“Both David and Wayne had a great run at NOLA,” Stone said. “We’ll be looking for them to continue that. All of our guys have been working hard to stay sharp with the long break between races, and they’ll all be ready to go.”
David Ducote is fourth in Gold Cup and Gold Masters points. After a rough weekend of bad luck at Sebring, he capitalized on racing in his hometown of New Orleans to win the Gold class in Round 3.
The race weekend will feature three 45-minute sprints. Round 5 will begin at 3 p.m. (ET) on Friday, June 26. Round 6 starts at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, followed by Round 4, a makeup from NOLA Motorsports Park, at 6:50 p.m.
Stone will be at Watkins Glen for all three races before taking an early flight back to Wisconsin Sunday morning to be at Road America for the final PWC race of the weekend.
For live updates from the races, follow @IMSALive on Twitter. Live timing and scoring is available for all sessions at scoring.imsa.com and on the new IMSA mobile app for iOS, Android or Windows.
Delayed television coverage will be provided July 11-12 on major network affiliates in numerous U.S. markets by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Visit http://www.imsa.com/articles/porsche-gt3-usa-telecasts-begin-weekend and enter your ZIP code into the box at the bottom of page to check availability in your area.
Updates from the team from both Road America and Watkins Glen will be available on Facebook and @kellymossmotors on Twitter. For the latest team news, visit www.kellymoss.com.