Alton, Va. (17 August 2017) – With just three races remaining on the 2017 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama calendar, Kelly-Moss Road and Race continues to lead the championship as the team travels to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend.
Jake Eidson, who competes full-time in the series for the first time this year, has had a standout season. He’s won four times and has scored a podium result in every single race. Those results have seen Eidson at the top of championship standings all season long. He currently has 191 points – 34 points ahead of second.
“It’s always difficult to predict what a season will look like until after a few races so before the first and second round of the Porsche GT3 Cup at Sebring I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions of what the season would look like because racing can be the most unpredictable sport,” said Eidson, who competes in the Platinum category. “Now that we’re more than half-way through the season we have a good idea of where we stack up and I’m really happy for the Kelly-Moss Road and Race team and for myself on the success that we’ve accomplished so far. We’re leading the championship, but there is a lot of good competition. So we are going to focus on doing everything we can to finish the season on top.”
When asked to recall the highlights of racing at VIR, one memory is at the top of Eidson’s list.
“I have some mixed emotions going back to VIR mostly because the last race I participated in there I hit a deer on the back straight in a F1600 car!” offered Eidson. “On the other hand, I’ve had some great races and strong finishes at VIR. The Kelly-Moss Road and Race team has given me a winning car at every track we’ve been to this year, and we have the same goal as always which is to win (hopefully without the deer hunting this time!).”
Kelly-Moss Road and Race is the defending winner of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge event at VIR. Last year, KMR driver Jesse Lazare scored back to back victories in the double-header event.
Also competing under the KMR banner is Kurt Fazekas and Greg Palmer in the Gold category.
Fazekas looks to follow up a stellar weekend in the previous event of Road America in which he broke through for his first win of the season in Race 1. He followed that up with a fourth place finish in Race 2.
“I’m looking forward to a great run at VIR,” said Fazekas. “Hopefully we can close up the gap in the points with another solid weekend. It would be great if we get some good weather for running on a dry track – we’ve had several rain races already this year so it would be nice to have a dry one!”
Palmer, who is in his first year of IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup competition, has continually improved throughout the year as he visits several new circuits on the calendar. His back-to-back races at Road America saw him finish sixth in each race which marked his best IMSA outing so far this year.
“This has definitely been the busiest summer I have had ever in my life – but what an excellent summer!” enthused Palmer. “I have never raced at VIR, but we did have a test day there. I’m continuing to improve and at this point in the season I can appreciate how much I have learned – but I still have work to do. The learning process this year has been fantastic – the Kelly-Moss team really does provide excellent coaching and support. My expectation for the VIR race is to continue to develop my skills and hopefully keep it in perspective and enjoy the process.”
The weekend opens with two practice sessions on Friday, followed by qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday with Race 2 on Sunday. Both races can be viewed at www.imsa.tv.
VIR WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
9:40 AM – 10:10 AM Practice 1
5:30 PM – 6:10 PM Practice 2
11:40 AM – 12:00 PM Qualifying
5:55 PM – 6:45 PM Race 1
11:05 AM – 11:50 AM Race 2