Back to Where it All Started for Kelly-Moss

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Returning to the track where the team made its winning debut in 1989, Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) will look to continue its winning ways as the team prepares to close out the season with a big weekend. 

KMR will have eight Porsches ready for action at Road Atlanta for the final IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama event of the season, which will feature two 45-minute races-the first on on Thursday and the final on Friday during the Motul Petit Le Mans event weekend.

Having been a key championship player since the inception of the category in North America—and not having missed a single event—Kelly-Moss Road and Race enters the final double-header race weekend second in both the Platinum and Gold Cup Team standings. 

It is hard to pick a single highlight from the year to date, as cases of champagne have already been sprayed so far this year with KMR drivers having combined for eight victories this season and a total of 25 podium finishes…and counting. 

From the drop of the green flag at Sebring through a schedule that saw the team competing from Florida to California, KMR drivers have continued to develop at every race. That positive progression has not only featured breakthrough wins and podiums for KMR, but also strong championship campaigns as the season races to the final checkered flag of the year. 

In the Platinum Cup Masters Class, Alan Metni of Austin is second in the standings. Metni, driver of the No. 99 iFly AM Motorsports Porsche, won the opening round at Sonoma – his third victory of the campaign among seven podium finishes – and now trails leader Charlie Luck by only six points, 414-408.

Scott Welham of Louisville, Kentucky is entered in the finale as he returns to action for the first event since Road America. 

Kelly-Moss Road and Race will also have five cars competing in the Gold Cup class, which features Porsches from model years 2014-16.

Kurt Fazekas of Indianapolis rebounded from an incident at Virginia International Raceway to finish second in the most recent race at Sonoma. That moved the driver of the No. 52 Porsche up to third in the standings. He is a three-time winner among nine podium finishes this season. 

Greg Palmer is fifth in the championship points, with the driver of the No. 44 Porsche scoring a season-best third place finish at VIR as he continues to set targets, meet them, and focus forward to make progress in his racing career. 

The father-son team of Wayne and David Ducote will compete at Road Atlanta. Wayne, from New Orleans, raced at Sebring and Watkins Glen this season, taking fourth in the opening race in addition to a pair of fourths in the No. 73 Porsche. 

Road Atlanta will mark be the first appearance this season for his son David, of Houston, who will pilot the No. 6 Kelly-Moss Road and Race entry. 

Kelly-Moss Road and Race will also field the No. 85 Porsche for Brent Asplundh of Rydal, Pa. Asplundh also competed in the Sebring and Watkins Glen weekends, finishing seventh during both events.

“It is always incredible to get to Road Atlanta and realize that we’ve raced through another season so quickly!” said team owner Jeff Stone. “Our drivers have shown amazing progress this year, I can’t say enough about how they have stepped up and continued to develop with us. We work hard to give them all the resources they need to be successful and I’m proud to see that progression. Road Atlanta is of course special to us as a team and we’d like to put a real exclamation point on the year with some podiums!”

The weekend schedule opens with a 30-minute practice session on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. (all times ET). Thursday opens with a 45-minute practice session at 8 a.m., followed by qualifying at 12:35 p.m.  The first 45-minute race takes the green flag at 5:55 p.m. Friday’s lone on-track activity is the final race of the season, which begins at 10:10 a.m.

Both races will be streamed live on www.imsa.tv, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. ET on Friday.

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