Austin, Texas (8 May 2017) – Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) driver Jake Eidson maintained his IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama championship advantage following two rounds of racing at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
Leading the championship on the strength of four pole positions and three race wins ahead of the weekend, Jake Eidson was hoping to continue the team’s history of overall victory at the track.
Racing with support of Racing for Children’s and Medical Properties Trust, the young American driver fought back from setbacks early in both races to score a podium finish to close out the doubleheader event weekend.
Friday’s race saw Eidson’s race effort compromised right at the start as he was hit in the left rear of the car, causing damage to the suspension. Despite the setback, the young American racer was able to hang tough with an ill-handling machine to bring home a fourth place result and some valuable championship points.
On Saturday, Eidson rebounded to take a COTA podium result after recovering from another challenging race start to come home third at the finish.
“The car was good, I struggled a bit with understeer later in the race, but overall it was pretty good,” said Eidson. “It was a crazy start again, but I had a good battle with these guys (on the podium). I wasn’t quite able to get around to take second, but after the way the race started, I’m pretty happy with the finish. It was good for the points and I am keeping my mind on the championship as well so it was a solid weekend. Hopefully we can get back on top again at Watkins Glen.”
With a brief break ahead of the next two races (Watkins Glen International, June 30-July 2), KMR will head home to Madison, Wisconsin and begin preparations for another strong outing in just over a month’s time.
“This weekend didn’t go exactly as we had hoped, but Jake (Eidson) did a great job to even make it to the finish in the first race, and he made some very good decisions in race two to make sure that he was there for the podium,” said team owner Jeff Stone. “It was great to have the continued support of Racing for Children’s and Medical Properties Trust this weekend as we are very excited about this program and hopefully we will see Jake back up top at Watkins Glen!”
No 24 Racing for Children’s and Medical Properties Trust Porsche GT3 Cup
Circuit of the Americas:
Race 1 Jake Eidson P4 – Platinum
Race 2 Jake Eidson P3 – Platinum