Kelly-Moss, the winningest team in US Porsche GT3 Cup competition with more than 30 years of Porsche racing experience, is ready to make history again in 2021. This year Sebring brings an extra level of excitement for the Madison, WI based race team as it will be the inaugural round of the highly anticipated Porsche Carrera Cup North America.
The Carrera Cup concept was founded in 1990 with the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, and after 30 years Carrera Cup will make its debut in North America. With the addition of Michelin tires, Porsche Carrera Cup North America will run with the same rules at Carrera Cups around the world, serving up some of the most competitive racing. Porsche Motorsports North America President Dr. Daniel Armbruster said, “for those aware of the Carrera Cup tradition worldwide, they will understand that this is a new and unique series to anything we have ever had in North America. Carrera Cup is the ultimate regional step in the one-make championships globally.”
For 2021 Porsche has unveiled an all new 911 GT3 Cup race car. Based on the current 992, the car will see improved on track performance and eye catching styling. KMR will be campaigning five of the new 992 Porsche GT3 Cup cars.
Kelly-Moss Director of Operations Andy Kilcoyne could not wait to get his hands on the cars and said this week, “We are very excited to be campaigning the all new Porsche 992 and can not wait to get them on track in Sebring. It is always exciting to learn and develop new race cars, and these Porsche 992’s look amazing. I know they will be fun for our drivers and put on a great show for the fans”.
This Porsche Carrera Cup North America season is composed of 16 rounds over eight weekends, with two 45-minute races each weekend with Sebring being the first round, March 17 - 19, 2021.
Leading the charge with five of the new Porsche 992 for KMR are Sebastian Carazo, Alan Metni, Sebastian Priaulx, Rene Robicahud, and Kay van Berlo. KMR will also have two of the previous generation 991.2 cars on track at Sebring, piloted by Porsche Cup veterans Tom Balames and Joe Lombardo.
Puerto Rican standout Sebastian Carazo began his racing career karting at the tender age of four and has become one to watch moving up through the ranks and more recently making his mark in the IMSA GT3 Cup. He’ll be drawing attention in the #27 Allied Car & Truck Rental 992.
“Taking the racing world by storm” may be an understatement when describing Alan Metni’s racing career. Alan began driving in 2016, since logging hundreds of hours and miles, his commitment and dedication is unmatched. He’s going into the 2021 Carrera Cup season off a Championship win with Kelly-Moss in 2020. The laser focused Metni looks forward to taking the all new #99 iFly 992 to the front and adding another Porsche Championship to his racing resume.
Making his Porsche debut in 2021 will be Michelin Pilot standout and British GT4 driver and Guernsey native, Sebastian Priaulx. Sebastian will be piloting the #15 Multimatic machine looking for his first US Carrera Cup championship in its inaugural season.
Excited to be a part of the iconic Carrera Cup concept, Rene Robichaud is continuing his passion for racing and the Porsche marque in his all new #84 ArkMalibu 992 GT3 Cup car. No stranger to the Porsche brand, Rene has been a perennial front runner in Porsche Club of America in GT3 and GT4 competition and is moving a step up the Porsche ladder this season to Carrera Cup.
Once again Kelly-Moss is proud to have the support of Medical Properties Trust and Racing for Children’s as we work together to increase awareness of childhood cancers and blood disorders. Dutch karting superstar, Kay van Berlo, who rose through the ranks in Carrera Cup Benelux and Germany, will carry the #3 and unmistakable Racing for Children’s livery and mission throughout the 2021 season.
We are happy to have GT3 Cup competitor Tom Balames back this year and joining the 2021 Kelly-Moss Carrera Cup line-up. Be sure to look for him in the #59 Porsche of Beachwood orange, color blocked, 991.2 and see if you can spot the connection in his livery with the car number. It's no coincidence!
Making his debut with Kelly-Moss this season will be Joseph Lombardo. Joe is seasoned in the Porsche GT3 Cup field and is looking forward to running the # 92 Porsche North Olmstead/David SW/Lombardo Business Park 991.2.
While overseeing work at the shop on the new cars Kelly-Moss President Jeff Stone said, “I have never seen a stronger group of drivers than we have this season at Kelly-Moss. With the new cars it is sure to be one of the most competitive and exciting seasons I have ever been a part of. I can’t thank all the crew in the shop enough for all their hard work on the new cars getting them ready for the first official test at Sebring next week.”
New series. New cars. New tire. Same Kelly-Moss winning attitude!