Madison, Wisc. (1 August 2017) – For Kelly-Moss Road and Race, Road America isn’t only a driver favorite, but it’s also a team favorite as the squad calls Road America home. The team’s Madison, Wisconsin-based race shop is located just 100 miles southwest of the storied 4-mile road course.
And the KMR home track advantage is a big one with the team traditionally running very well there. In fact, the team locked out the top-two podium spots in last year’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama event with a victory and runner-up result in both races of the double-header. Jesse Lazare took victory in each event with Jake Eidson not far behind in second.
Last year’s Road America round marked the first event for Eidson with the KMR organization and the young racer has only improved his race craft and strength behind the wheel ever since, with four wins and eight podiums to his credit.
Eidson looks to add to that tally this weekend at Road America in the Platinum category driving the No. 24 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche.
“I’m very excited to be heading to Road America because it’s actually the first race track on the IMSA calendar that isn’t new to me,” said Eidson, who currently leads the Platinum Class championship standings with 134 points – 30 points ahead of second. “Of course having had success already this season does help with boosting my confidence but it doesn’t change the way I approach or prepare for each race. I’m looking to win every time I go out. This is also the home track for Kelly-Moss Road and Race so it’s another motivation to bring them a win and hopefully extend our points lead.”
Joining Eidson in the Kelly-Moss Road and Race stable is Kurt Fazekas (No. 52 Porsche) and Greg Palmer (No. 44 Copps Industries Porsche) who each run in the Gold class.
Fazekas has already claimed four podium finishes this year and aims to add to that growing list in this weekend’s Road America double-header event.
Palmer scored his season best finish of sixth at both Sebring and Circuit of the Americas and looks to break through for a top-five in front of his family and friends at his home track of Road America.
“I’ve been looking forward to Road America all season long – it’s the one track on our schedule I have driven before,” said Palmer. “As a rookie it’s nice to go to your home track. I raced in SCCA last year here in a Maserati Gran Turismo GT4 and had success and took third place in the season overall points. It will be great to have family and friends at the track so they can see what I have been doing this summer. After driving with the IMSA Porsche cup series this year and seeing other famous tracks around the country it makes me value Road America even more. I love the speed, flow, and elevation – Turn 5 is my favorite. My goal is to take what I’ve learned about driving the GT3 cup car and blend it with my knowledge of Road America and see where that takes me.”
KMR’s fleet of four cars will have three chances at victory this weekend. In addition to the two Road America events, a third race will take place on Friday as a make-up event for the postponed Race 1 from Watkins Glen.
KMR Team Owner is eager to get back to racing at Road America.
“There have been so many great moments at Road America, it’s hard to single one out,” said Team Principal Jeff Stone. “It is home for us and a weekend that is a highlight of the year. It’s great to have Jake Eidson back with us after his debut last year. He has really just impressed us as he’s continued to grow as a race car driver and we’re expecting big things from him. We of course will have a lot of our friends and family out here with us this weekend and hopefully we’ll bring home some more big results.”
The Road America event begins with a Promoter test day on Thursday. The Watkins Glen make-up race will take place Friday morning, followed by a second practice and qualifying. Road America Race 1 is set for Saturday with Race 2 set for Sunday.
All three races can be viewed at imsa.tv.