Madison, Wisc. (1 August 2016) – Road America is home to an abundance of racing history, and just down the road is one of the teams that has been a part of it for nearly 30 years. Located some 100 miles southwest of Road America in Madison, Wisconsin is the race shop of Kelly-Moss Road and Race.
Kelly-Moss has been as synonymous with speed as it has with Porsche, and the locally based organization will once again be fielding Porsche machinery this weekend at Road America in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. The team currently leads the championship heading into this weekend’s Road America double-header.
The organization has four entries for the hometown fans to cheer for: Jesse Lazare, Jake Eidson, Bill Peluchiwski, and Mike Hedlund. Each driver will compete in the GT3 Cup USA Platinum division.
It’s been a strong season for the team throughout the first eight rounds of the 2016 championship with Lazare leading the charge by claiming six straight pole positions and five race wins. Peluchiwksi has taken a trip to the podium three times so far this year.
Hedlund has continued to make positive progress through the year, taking home his best finishes of the season at the Glen with a fifth and sixth place result.
Eidson of Littleton, Colorado is making his first sportscar start with the team at Road America. He has seen success in the open wheel ranks, competing in Skip Barber, FF1600, USF2000 and most recently, Pro Mazda.
Looking to continue the team’s positive performance, there may be no better place to do so than at Road America. Having first raced at the circuit in 1988, the team has a large notebook of data to pull from and has added many accomplishments at the legendary road course to its resume.
“There have been so many great moments at Road America, it’s hard to single one out,” said Team Principal Jeff Stone. “I guess one of the best was winning the 1994 World Challenge race at Road America with Price Cobb driving and then going on to win the championship, finishing 1-2 and becoming the first American team and driver to win the worldwide Porsche Cup.”
Wisconsin has long been called home for the championship-caliber team and Stone wouldn’t have it any other way.
“We started in business 28 years ago with a gentleman that had a passion for racing who was from Madison,” explained Stone. “After building a successful championship-winning, factory-funded Porsche racing team, we realized Wisconsin is pretty well situated within a day’s drive of most all tracks east of the Mississippi and we decided to stay here for our main base of operation.
“Earlier this year we expanded our base of operations to include a four car West Coast program based near Los Angeles, California and this winter Kelly-Moss will be expanding further with a Florida based operation as well,” added Stone whose Kelly-Moss team also competes in Pirelli Cup GT3 USA and PCA competition. “These expansions will allow us to continue to offer the great Kelly-Moss services and personal attention to customers we are known for and give our existing and new clients the opportunity to stay sharp in the winter months as well, without the expense of transporting from Wisconsin for these southern and western events.”
The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA presented by Yokohama will have two practice sessions on Friday followed by qualifying on Saturday morning. Race 1 is set for Saturday at 4:40 PM local (5:40 PM ET) with Race 2 to go green Sunday at 11:15 AM local (12:15 PM ET).