MADISON, Wis. (Aug. 5, 2015) – Kelly Moss Motorsports has made itself at home at Road America. After a weekend of successful Pirelli Trophy Cup USA competition, the team is staying put for Rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama on Aug. 7-9.
The circuit – just 108 miles from Kelly Moss headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin – is like another home for the team, which can count many successful weekends at the track.
This is always one of the biggest events of the year for Kelly Moss, not only because of the close proximity but because it is a driver favorite. So it’s little wonder the team is supporting an eight-driver lineup this weekend.
“With a home race, we work just as hard, if not harder,” Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. “A home track can be both a blessing and a curse. You want to defend your home circuit, but sadly if trouble is going to strike anywhere, it has a history of being here. We are hoping to get that monkey off our backs this weekend.”
Kelly Moss young gun Jesse Lazare will look to rebound at Road America after a tough weekend of racing July 10-12 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
If last year is any indication, Lazare could close his small points gap in the Platinum Cup Drivers Championship. He is seven points out of first after seven of 16 rounds. Lazare, 18, earned two podium finishes in three races last season at the 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit at Road America.
Lazare will be joined in Platinum Cup competition by teammates Jay Patel, William Peluchiwski, Dan Weyland, Frank Selldorff and Kurt Fazekas. Those five will participate in Platinum and Platinum Masters divisions.
Patel, in his first season with Kelly Moss, has amassed an impressive record with a consistency that has placed him second in the Platinum Masters point standings. He is locked in a tight battle with Peluchiwski, who is third in Platinum Masters, three points behind Patel.
Weyland will make his third start of the season after a successful season opener in June at Watkins Glen International, while Fazekas will make his Kelly Moss debut in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Fazekas, Patel and Lazare all participated in the Pirelli Trophy Cup USA races last weekend at Road America.
The father-and-son duo of Wayne and David Ducote will compete in the Gold Cup and Gold Masters classes. David swept the Gold and Gold Masters classes last season in his Gold debut at Road America, picking up four podium finishes.
David Ducote is third in Gold points and fifth in Gold Masters this season.
Wayne Ducote had three top-10 finishes last year at Road America. This season he has produced strong, consistent finishes, placing him fifth in Gold and fourth in Gold Masters.
“We’re looking to get a couple of wins, and we feel like we’re set up to do just that,” Stone said. “Last weekend we had two cars damaged to the point of needing front tub sections, paint and graphics, so our team has been working nonstop to get ready. There is no doubt without the help of my brother-in-law and nephew driving to Ohio for the parts and the expertise of our master technicians; Brad, Norm, Jason, Michael, Nick and Pete, these guys might not be racing this week. It’s been a lot of work, but we’ll be ready to go.”
The team planned to keep its pit area intact all week after the at the track after the Pirelli GT3 Trophy Cup event, but was met by some resistance as Mother Nature ripped through Sunday afternoon. Extreme wind and rain whipped through, destroying the tents and damaging equipment and cars, making for extra preparation for the upcoming weekend.
“I have to give a heartfelt thanks to the entire Kelly Moss team,” Stone said. “Without them, and especially my wife and family, none of this could happen. Between the extensive repairs that needed to happen to these cars and the storm damage we suffered post race Sunday, it really tests everyone to their limits. I have to say now, more than ever, that there is no doubt Kelly Moss is an amazing family and an awesome team and there is not a single person involved that is anything less than spectacular – you are all amazing! Thank you all!”
Both races will be live streamed at www.imsa.com and all on-track sessions can be viewed at scoring.imsa.com or on the new IMSA mobile app for iOS, Android or Windows. Delayed television coverage will be provided on major network affiliates in numerous U.S. markets by Sinclair Broadcast Group on Aug. 22-23.
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