Up and Down Weekend in Sebring for Kelly-Moss Road and Race
Monday, March 19, 2018

Kelly-Moss Road and Race experienced the roller coaster ride that is motorsports in this weekend’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama season opener at Sebring International Raceway, earning podiums in race one but seeing victory in race two snatched away within site of the checkered flag. 

De Angelis had the unique distinction of competing in two separate series this weekend, in (technically) two separate cars, as the season opener hosted a dual-event for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and their Canadian counterparts, the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. 

The 17-year-old Canadian set a quick lap early and qualified on pole for Race 1. The race quickly turned into a “young guns” battle for the lead, as 18-year-old Trenton Estep came from the sixth position to battle De Angelis through the early going. 

Palmer, Ducote, Asplundh, and Fazekas each experienced their share of ups and downs, as Palmer and Ducote finished 4th and 5th respectively, while Fazekas saw a second straight podium possibility end when he was hit by another car.

“We had a very fun race,” said Palmer. “We had a better start yesterday, but I was able to get back into the mix. This is the best finish I’ve gotten here, so that’s good! For my second year doing this, I’m glad that a podium is within our sights. But this team is so focused. They know what they’re doing, they know what you’re dealing with, it’s very confidence-inspiring.”

“We had a great race car today, and a good start,” said Fazekas. “We were running second and making good time on the leader when the yellow bunched everybody up. We were green a short time, and when the second yellow came out, I lifted and another car passed me. We went green and he chopped me in Turn 17 and pinched me in Turn 1 and I hit another car. It’s a very disappointing end to a great weekend – and we shouldn’t even have been in that position. It’s frustrating but there’s another day.”

Next up for KMR will be the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama event at Barber Motorsports Park April 19 – 22 as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series weekend.