LEXINGTON, Ohio (2 May 2018) – No matter what you are driving, there is nothing like having a little bit of momentum.
With victories in both the Platinum and Gold Cup divisions in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama races the last time out, Kelly–Moss Roadand Race (KMR) is looking to build on that winning momentum during the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
The series will compete on Saturday and Sunday as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event. The twin 45-minute sprints for the all-Porsche category will serve as Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2018 season, which began with a pair of races at Sebring International Raceway in March.
Young Roman De Angelis scored his first victory of the season in the opening race of the recent weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, and then finished second in the rain-affectedrace on Sunday.
Kelly–Moss teammate Kurt Fazekas took his first Gold Cup victory of the year in the Sunday race after winning the pole and finishing second in Saturday’s opener.
For Mid-Ohio, De Angelis leads KMR’s three-car entry in the Platinum Cup class in the No. 1 Porsche sponsored by Racing for Children’s MTP and Fortis Porsche. The Platinum Cup class showcases the latest-generation 2017-18 Porsche GT3 Cup car.
De Angelis is joined in the Platinum Cup class by the No. 61 of Scott Welham and the No. 99 iFly/VICCI Auctions/AM Motorsports entry of Alan Metni. Both Welham and Metni also compete in the Masters category.
De Angelis will arrive in Mid-Ohio holding third in the standings, trailing leader Trenton Estep by only two points, 122-120. His strong showing at Barber propelled KMR to the lead in the Platinum team points, now four points ahead of JDX Racing, 127-123.
Metni is second in the Masters points after scoring a second-place finish in the class in the opening round at Barber. Welham is now sixth in the Masters standings.
In the Gold Cup class, Fazekas is ranked second in the standings following his big win, trailing three-time 2018 winner Victor Gomez IV by 11 points. The triumph was his first since winning in the Platinum Cup Masters category last year at Road America.
Palmer is sixth in the rankings, coming off a pair of fifth-place finishes at Barber. KMR is second in the Gold class team standings, six counters behind NGT Motorsport, 135-129.
“Barber was a very good weekend for the whole team-the drivers were impressive in some tough conditions in the rain, and we had two wins on the weekend so that was a great boost for us heading into Mid-Ohio,” said team owner Jeff Stone. “It is great that IMSA is back at Mid-Ohio for the first time in years and our drivers are going to love this place. It is an old-school kind of natural circuit and hopefully we can keep this momentum going this weekend.”
The Mid-Ohio weekend opens with unofficial testing on Thursday and a pair of practice sessions on Friday. Saturday’s activity begins with qualifying at 8 a.m ET.
The races will be broadcast live on IMSA.tv, on Saturday at 4:50 p.m. ET and Sunday at 9:05 a.m. ET.