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Moss Motorsports Unveils Strong 2014 IMSA Racing Lineup
Posted by: newsla on Feb 11, 2014 - 06:15 AM
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Moss Motorsports Unveils Strong 2014 IMSA Racing Lineup


Kelly-Moss Motorsports announced Feb. 10 the driver lineup for its five full-season and two partial-season entries in the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, comprising one of the deepest, strongest teams in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned series.

 

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Driving for powerful Kelly-Moss in 2014 will be standout young driver Colin Thompson (Platinum Cup), returning Kelly-Moss veterans David Ducote (Masters, Platinum Cup), Wayne Ducote (Masters, Gold Cup), Paul Barnhart (Masters, Platinum Cup) and Seth Davidow (Masters, Gold Cup), and newcomers Bill Peluchiwski (Masters, Gold Cup) and Dan Weyland (Masters, Platinum Cup).

"We're looking forward to a really great season in all three championships" said Kelly-Moss Motorsports Racing Director/Vice President Jeff Stone. "We know we have what it takes to win in all three, and that's what we're going for."

2013 KMM picAfter significant off-season testing efforts demonstrating great progress, all five of the full-season Kelly-Moss cars will compete in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season opener March 13-14 at Sebring International Raceway during the prestigious Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida weekend for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The new young gun for Kelly-Moss, Thompson finished eighth in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in his rookie season in 2013 and will join Kelly-Moss driving a Platinum Cup Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Thompson stood on the podium twice last season, earning a second-place finish at challenging Road Atlanta.

The father and son combination of the Ducotes, Barnhart and Davidow return to compete in Masters Class competition.

"Kelly-Moss does a fantastic job of providing us great cars at the racetrack," Davidow said. "Before we arrive, they are very well-prepared. Once we arrive at the tracks, whatever is required, these guys are here and take care of it and do it well, even into the wee hours of the night if necessary. I can't speak highly enough about Kelly-Moss."

Peluchiwski and Weyland bring experience to Kelly-Moss. Peluchiwski has been club racing with Kelly-Moss and has competed in a limited IMSA schedule for many years. Weyland comes to the team after finishing 12th in the Masters class standings in 2013 with Eurosport Racing.

Joining team driver coach Andrew Davis this season is an equally impressive lineup of driver coaches that includes two 24 Hours of Le Mans winners, a Rolex 24 at Daytona winner and a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT champion, offering an incredible amount of skill and knowledge for Kelly-Moss drivers to absorb.

Coaching the Kelly-Moss drivers will be 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 and Rolex 24 At Daytona winner David Donohue, 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP 2 winner Jeroen Bleekemolen, 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT champion Andrew Davis, and championship sports car driver and coach Chris Hall.

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Talented Dutch SuperCup engineers Chiel Bos and Patrick Van der Groot will lead the veteran engineering staff already in place.

This talented coaching-and-engineering combination will be an incremental asset to aspiring drivers as the team seeks to fill two open seats this season. A Porsche 991 Platinum Cup seat - ready for a young gun or the Masters class --and a Porsche 991 Gold Cup seat are available for qualified drivers.

An industry powerhouse, Kelly-Moss Motorsports boasts more than 25 years of racing expertise, integrity and results, which keep competitors coming back year-after-year to the storied team.

Racing is the centerpiece of a diverse array of successful automotive-related businesses for Kelly-Moss Motorsports (KMM), based in Madison, Wis.

"Racing is really the core of our company," Stone said. "It's what we started doing 26 years ago, and it's what we still do today and every day. Everything else we do is a spin-off of racing. Racing comes first, and the racing is what leads to development of world-class road cars, club-level programs and all of the other things that we do. It all comes as a derivative from what we've learned from road racing."

Other KMM enterprises include:

KMM Body Shop:A state-of-the-art paint, body and collision repair facility for all German, Asian and American manufacturers. Equipment includes a Blowtherm draft paint booth with attached paint mixing center, Sikkins water-based paint systems mixed by computer with the latest German technology, factory Cellette frame-repair machine, Shark Sonar Coordinate Measuring System for frame alignment.

KMM Restoration: Restorations, restyling, body kits, interiors, detailing, updates and more on all makes, models and years of vehicles. KMM restorations have won awards of excellence around the world.

KMM Dream Car Dept. / Stone Brothers Garage: This program makes mechanical dreams come true, building the most exotic, extreme, difficult or subtle world-class custom street vehicles, hot rods and motorcycles from marques including Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, BMW, Harley-Davidson and more for more than 25 years.

KMM Street / Tuner Shop: Dedicated technicians service all makes and models of vehicles, and a complete line of tires, wheels and performance parts are available. Collector-car maintenance, storage and upgrades also are provided by this shop, which includes state of the art equipment such as a Mustang all wheel drive chassis dyno that can test up to 1,600 Horsepower at the wheels and 200 mile per hour wheel speed!

KMM GT Race Shop: The original Kelly-Moss business that remains the backbone of the company, this is the premier GT race shop in the country, specializing in Porsche race cars. Master craftsman technicians can build, service and maintain any make and model of race car from any era. Brands regularly serviced by this shop include Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mazda and prototype race cars.

KMM Arrive and Drive Racing Programs: Customers can bring their race car or rent a car from KMM for all levels of racing ranging from SCCA, Porsche Club of America and HSR to professional series such as IMSA, Pirelli Drivers Cup, HSR and more through this program, which started in 1995. Professional race technicians and coaches also are available, with the coaching lineup including global sports car racing superstars Patrick Long, Andrew Davis, Darren Law, Sascha Maassen, David Murry and many more.

KMM Engine & Machine: Kelly-Moss offers comprehensive engine design and build programs with a team of master engine builders with championships in Road Racing, Pro Stock Drag Racing, Motorcycle Road and Drag Racing. Kelly-Moss offers custom tailored engine design and build programs for all types of racing and high-performance street use.

The Mirage Group: The Mirage Group has a proven track record of winning races and championships around the world for its clients. The Mirage Group is a motorsports management company designed to give both individuals and companies alike who are seeking to create a winning race team and brand image the fast track method to that end goal. The Mirage Group will create from the ground up a complete strategy to form a new race team, create the image and style the client is looking for and then manage the day to day operations of that effort. With the many years of championship winning racing experience the Mirage Group allows the client to start achieving race wins and championships in the most cost effective and expeditious manner possible. The Mirage Group will also develop the new team to a point where the formula and day-to-day operation can be turned over to the client.

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