Madison, Wis. (26 October 2016) – In the season-finale ‘Oktoberfast at Daytona’ PCA event held at Daytona International Speedway over the weekend, Kelly-Moss Road and Race drivers once again delivered in a big way – bringing home victories and another championship for the Madison, Wisconsin-based team.
With a full fleet of Porsche entries, Kelly-Moss Road and Race was well represented at Daytona with the father-daughter duo of Rene and Nicole Robichaud, Frank Selldorff, 2016 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Champion Jesse Lazare, Brent Asplundh, and Andrew Davis all in action at the 3.56-mile roval circuit.
Highlighting the weekend for the team was yet another championship win for the squad, this time with Rene Robichaud claiming the Masters Class championship title in a battle that came right down to the wire in Sunday’s 80-minute endurance race.
Nicole Robichaud had a strong showing and led her first-ever laps of the 2016 season in Sunday’s enduro, capping off what has been an incredible year for the young Porsche racer.
Sweeping the weekend with back-to-back victories in each sprint event as well as taking the enduro win on Sunday was Brent Asplundh who raced his 997 Cup car for the first time and spent his first weekend under the Kelly-Moss tent.
Selldorff competed in both sprint events, but prior commitments forced him to leave the event early. He handed his colorful No. 65 Porsche over to longtime Kelly-Moss driver coach Andrew Davis who drove a dominating race in the Pro category of Sunday’s enduro to take the victory.
“What a great way to end a stellar 2016 season with Kelly-Moss Road and Race!” enthused Davis following his Daytona win. “All of our drivers did a superb job all weekend, taking home hardware across multiple classes. The Kelly-Moss crew was really on it, and made improvements throughout the event to help push the drivers to new personal lap records. In addition to my normal coaching duties, I was slated to run the final GT4 ClubSport Enduro with Frank Selldorff on Sunday. Unfortunately, he needed to leave early, but he still wanted me to drive the car for the race. I had to start from the back of the grid, but made quick work getting up front. It’s always a pleasure to represent Kelly-Moss on track, and I truly appreciate the chance to work with Jeff Stone and his great team!”
Lazare also showed his race craft throughout the weekend as he prepared for his 2017 IMSA race season that will kick off at Daytona International Speedway in January.
Following the two sprint events on Saturday, it was the 80-minute Enduro on Sunday that offered what was perhaps the most thrilling run of the weekend for Kelly-Moss Road and Race.
It was a nail-biter on Sunday as the championship came down to the final race of the season when Kelly-Moss Road and Race’s Rene Robichaud went up against fellow championship contender Roger Halvoresen. The two battled among one another through the 80-minute event and while the pair raced hard against one another to earn the championship honors, their Porsches tangled in the final five minutes of the race. Fortunately for Robichaud, he was able to keep his Porsche going and finished the race while claiming the points he needed to secure the championship.
“I’m very thankful to be the Masters champion this year,” said Robichaud. “It’s been a heck of a ride. Racing is so much fun but it has its moments of frustration. Thankfully, I managed to squeak it out and get enough points to win the Masters Class championship. There’s something to be said about perseverance! I’m very proud of (daughter) Nicole for another good outing, she just keeps improving each time out and it was very exciting to see her leading laps at Daytona!”
The weekend added fond memories to what has already been an incredibly successful year for the Kelly-Moss Road and Race team.
“It was just a fantastic weekend all around,” said Team Principal Jeff Stone. “I could not be happier for Rene (Robichaud) on his championship and of course for Brent (Asplundh) who won all three of his races. Everyone worked really hard all weekend long. We had a lot ofsupport here with lots of friends and family and we put on a great show. We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to get back to it next year! We have a lot of projects going on back at the shop that we’re looking forward to working on during the winter months and of course we have our Baja 1000 event next month that we’re all thrilled about!”
Kelly-Moss Road and Race will take part in the 2016 Baja 1000 on November 20-22. Read more on that story here: