This past weekend, the Race for RP was represented by amazing drivers and teams in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy in the No. 60 Race for RP KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4; Jeff Westphal and Tyler McQuarrie in the No. 39 Carbahn Autoworks Peregrine Racing Audi R8 GT4; and Jon Morley and Gavin Ernstone in the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing Simply Vegas Audi RS3. Thank you to the teams for driving awareness and accelerating research of relapsing polychondritis (RP).
Congratulations on an outstanding performance racing at Road America, finishing P2 and P3 on the podium! Here are the final results:
P2 Podium for Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy in the No. 60 Race for RP KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4; and
P3 Podium for Jeff Westphal and Tyler McQuarrie in the No. 39 Carbahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 GT4.
Race Week Summary:
Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy were eager to get back behind the wheel of the No. 60 Race for RP KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4. With its colorful livery styled after the Race for RP logo, the bold Aston Martin Vantage GT4 and both drivers looked ready to make a statement. The duo also sported newly made relapsing polychondritis awareness face masks (made by a team of patients with RP), while Kyle gave followers a shoutout before taking viewers on a fast lap around the circuit. See video below:
Paddock Update from Race for RP driver, Kyle Marcelli.
Across the Road America paddock was Jeff Westphal, Tyler McQuarrie and the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Audi R8 LMS GT4. The 2019 defending GS Champions, who were having an equally good start to the 2020 season, prepared and strategized for their race, and spent some time with Race for RP with a preview of one of Jeff’s favorite tracks. Thank you, Jeff and team, for driving awareness of RP and accelerating relapsing polychondritis research initiatives.
Road America Paddock Update with Jeff Westphal
Saturday morning arrived with considerable anticipation for qualifying. Nate Stacy in the No. 60 Aston Martin Vantage GT4, delivered a track record-breaking lap and qualified in P1, earning the Motul Pole award and the many accolades. With a few hours until the green flag, the grid was set and the No. 39 Audi would start right behind the No. 60 Race for RP KohR Motorsports Aston Martin, in a field of highly competitive and experienced drivers.
A special thank you to Race for RP driver, Jon Morley, co-driver of the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR with Gavin Ernstone, for his track-side update for Race for RP. Thank you for racing expertise and driving relapsing polychondritis awareness with such great enthusiasm. Though the duo finished off the top 3, we’re sure they’ll back in victory lane soon and we look forward to seeing them on the track at Virginia International Raceway.
Road America Race Preview and Update from Jon Morley
We were thrilled to see the No. 60 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 leading the field, with all eyes trained on the Race for RP livery, raising awareness of relapsing polychondritis, followed by the No. 39 Audi R8. After a round of pit stops and driver changes, the battles continued, and in the end the No. 60 would finish in P2 under a late yellow flag, with Westphal staying strong and consistent in the pocket, coming through in P3. An outstanding performance across the board with equally impressive results.
Thank you, drivers and teams!
Photos: Wes Duenkel