Kelly-Moss Road and Race Takes IMSA Championship

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Racing at the track where the team first made a winning debut three decades ago, Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) added another championship to its stellar history at Road Atlanta on Friday. The team earned the Platinum Masters title as well as a total of five podium finishes in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama season finale at Road America – part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Motul Petit Le Mans weekend.

Capping off its 30th anniversary season in professional motorsports, KMR began the weekend with its largest team of the year for the season finale: three cars in the Platinum Cup class (featuring the latest generation 2017 and 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car), including the No. 1 Racing for Children’s/MTP/Fortis Porsche of Roman De Angelis, Alan Metni in the No. 99 iFly/VICCI Car Auctions/AM Motorsports Porsche, and the No. 61 of Scott Welham (with Metni and Welham classified in the Masters division), and five entries in the Gold Cup class for Porsche cars from model years 2014-16: David Ducote in the No. 6, Greg Palmer in the No. 44; Kurt Fazekas in the No. 52; Wayne Ducote in the No. 73 and the No. 85 entry of Brent Asplundh.

Closing out the weekend, IMSA staged the traditional year-end championship celebration and awards ceremony. Among those honored was KMR team owner Jeff Stone, who was recognized by Porsche with a special gift from Danial Armbruster, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America to celebrate 30 years in the sport as partners with Porsche Motorsport. 

Race One

De Angelis started third and held that position in the inevitable green flag scrum, keeping the surging Root behind him as another competitor went off track, causing an extended yellow flag. Once the green flag flew, De Angelis set his sights on Anthony Imperato in second position, making the move coming down to Turn 12 with championship leader Trenton Estep right with him, mere inches from his rear bumper. The trio battled down to the wire, with Robichon taking the win ahead of De Angelis and Estep, who secured the championship title.

The Kelly-Moss team had worked into the early hours of Friday morning to change the transmission on Metni’s Porsche, following the mechanical issues on Friday. He started on the Masters division pole and remained at the back of the Platinum lead train, holding off veteran Porsche racer Michael Levitas to the checkered flag – and the Platinum Masters championship title.

In the Gold Class, David Ducote once again lost contact with the class leader as several Platinum Class cars made their way past at the green flag. Meanwhile, Fazekas began his own charge, passing for third position before the caution flag fell. On Lap 23, Fazekas hit the bump in Turn 5 which spun him around, but he made a masterful drive to get back on track quickly without a caution flag. With two laps remaining, Ducote and Gomez came upon lapped traffic, with Gomez taking advantage and making the pass. Ducote, pushing toward the checkered flag, found the limits and also spun in Turn 5, ending his day in sixth, with Fazekas seventh.

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Team Owner Jeff Stone

“That felt so good and honestly, I’m so relieved! Everyone on Kelly-Moss jumped in to help last night and I can’t thank them enough. We knew we had an issue late in the first race and I just focused on what I could do to keep the car going. The whole team did a great job to get me back out there, especially Jason, Cale and Andrew Davis, my coach. I think we won because we trained harder and smarter than any other team. I want to thank all of them for getting me here and making this all possible. It’s been a long road, we’ve covered a lot of ground and had a ton of fun.”

Roman De Angelis

“I improved my time a second and a half today, and while I’d like to think that was the driver, I know it was a great setup by the team and great coaching. It was a great way to end the season – it was intense, but it’s always intense out there! I fractured a rib at Road America and lost VIR and Sonoma, so it’s great to get back out there this weekend and have some fun.”

Kurt Fazekas

“I had a good race on Thursday but today, I came up on a lapped car at the perfectly wrong place, at the top of Turn 12, and had to check up which let Gomez in. I was pushing as hard as I could and pushed too hard in Turn 5 and couldn’t recover the car. I’m disappointed not to get another podium but all in all, it was a good weekend. The team gave me a great car and I’m very satisfied – it was like slipping on an old glove, it fit perfectly. It was good fun, good competition, and hopefully I’ll be back for more races next year!”

Wayne Ducote

“It was great to be back out here. We were afraid we’d lose so much of the weekend to the weather and it turned out fabulously. We had plenty of sessions, including good rain practice and two good races. We had fun, the team did well, and the cars were perfect. Neither David nor I had been in a car for a while, so it was great.”