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Hectic Weekend Highlights Kelly Moss Diversity
Posted by: newsla on May 29, 2014 - 04:25 PM
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Hectic Weekend Highlights Kelly Moss Diversity

In a 72-hour span over Memorial Day weekend, Kelly Moss Motorsports completed this checklist of tasks:

✔Raced in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama on Saturday at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
✔Hosted the inaugural Cruise-In/Custom Car Show at Brat Fest in the company's hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.
✔Packed its trucks to head to Watkins Glen International in upstate New York to prepare for a Porsche Club of America event on May 30-June 1.
✔Finished a year-long, custom rebuild project of a car at the team headquarters in Madison.


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A busier weekend than normal? Definitely not. Kelly Moss operates at full throttle all the time to deliver results for its race teams and its many other automotive-related businesses.

"We're lucky to have a great team behind us, and together we are able to keep it all together," Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. "It's what we do. It's not a hobby. It's our life and our entire focus."

The busy week started Tuesday, May 20 when Kelly Moss trucks rolled out of Madison for the 16-hour drive to Lime Rock Park in northwest Connecticut. The crew then prepared the pit space for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama weekend.

Setup is not an easy task. Two awnings and an awning extension are erected. Wall boarding to mark off the team's polished, professional hospitality area is built. Electronic equipment, radios and televisions are prepared for use. Cars, tool boxes, 35 to 40 sets of Yokohama tires are unloaded. And an RV with a trailer carrying spare cars and parts is parked and prepared for possible use.

The team, sponsored by Brey-Krause, had a challenging weekend at Lime Rock. Lead driver Colin Thompson's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car required hasty repairs to its front bumper and radiator after going off track before qualifying. The team was working on repairing the car before qualifying but time issues directly affected the outcome.

"IMSA decided to move qualifying 20 minutes ahead without consulting with teams to see if that was a viable option for all," Stone said. "That decision without our input was the deciding factor for the outcome of our race and did not give us a level chance with the rest of the field to qualify well in dry conditions."

Series points leader Thompson finished fifth in Race One on Saturday, May 24 after he was bumped off track in a fierce battle for position. His Platinum Cup teammate, Dan Weyland, finished 15th. Kelly Moss Gold Cup drivers Frank Selldorff and William Peluchiwski finished ninth and 10th, respectively.

The team hoped for redemption in Race Two later Saturday afternoon, but IMSA made the decision to abandon the race due to heavy downpours, standing water and a local curfew.

"Racing in the rain would have been a big mistake, and I think they did the right thing calling it for safety's sake," Stone said. "It was a reasonable result and to be able to leave still at the top of the points standings is good."

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