First visit back to the track since 1994
Madison, Wisc. (9 August 2017) – It’s not often that veteran sports car team Kelly-Moss Road and Race arrives to a new track. With over 700 race starts and numerous championships to the Madison, Wisconsin-based organization’s credit, the squad is well-versed at almost all of the tracks the IMSA series visits.
But as the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda makes its second trip north of the border this weekend for the Grand Prix Trois-Rivieres, the street circuit will feel almost like new to Kelly-Moss Road and Race.
The team last raced there nearly 25 years ago in 1994 with drivers Price Cobb and Mauro Baldi – and they won. In fact, KMR driver Colin Thompson, who pilots the No. 14 Ignite / Mattoni Water / Edoardo Borrelli / Ernst Kelly-Moss Road and Race Benz / Sherwin Williams / Replay XD Norma M30 entry, was only an infant at that time.
Leading the championship standings by 23 points, Thompson has delivered a streak of podium finishes for KMR over the course of the 2017 season. His victory in the previous IMSA event of Lime Rock Park not only saw him add another win to his tally but it was also his sixth consecutive podium finish.
While Thompson’s already visited most of the circuits on the IMSA calendar, the 23-year old racer has a new one to add to his resume this weekend at the 1.52-mile, 10-turn street circuit located in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
“I’m really excited about the weekend,” said Thompson. “It’ll be a little more challenging for me because I have never raced at this circuit before and it’s been quite a while since Kelly-Moss has raced there as well. But we have the best in the business preparing the car and I think we’ll get up to speed quickly. No matter the track, our focus is to win races and championships so our approach is no different heading into this weekend’s event.”
Though it’s been over 20 years since Team Owner Jeff Stone’s most recent visit to the track, it’s almost as if no time has passed.
“We raced at Trois-Rivieres a few times between 1987 and 1994,” said Stone. “We raced there with Price Cobb and Mauro Baldi in ’94 – Mauro won and Price came in third – he had a gearbox problem and ran the entire race in only one gear. We have lots of memories at the track. Even though it’s been awhile since we were last here, when I pulled in and drove around the circuit today it was exactly how I remembered it. It is a pretty challenging track for a Prototype. It’s become rougher over the years and it wasn’t too smooth to start with! The objective of the game is to stay clean and let the race come to you because frankly it’s not a place where you want to fight it out. I think we have a good shot at it – we have a good car and Colin (Thompson) is on his game.”
A compact weekend schedule sees the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda practice on Friday, qualify Saturday, and run both races of the double-header on Sunday. Live timing, scoring and race coverage will be available on IMSA.tv, and a delayed broadcast of the races will be shown on FS2 Thursday, September 14, at 8:00 PM ET.
Schedule (all times ET):
Friday, August 11
2:20 PM – 2:55 PM Practice 1
5:20 PM – 5:55 PM Practice 2
Saturday, August 12
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Qualifying
Sunday, August 13
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM Race 1
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Race 2