Meet Our Drivers

Professional

KYLE

Marcelli

COUNTRY: CANADA

Kyle Marcelli is a professional racing driver residing in Ontario, Canada. Kyle made his rookie debut in the American Le Mans Series in 2010. During this series which ended in 2013, Kyle built a reputation of being a consistent front­ runner earning six ­pole positions, six­ wins and eighteen podiums. Since then, Kyle has been part of successful programs both in Prototype and GT in a number of series including the European Le Mans Series, the Grand Am Rolex SportsCar Series, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Kyle became an ambassador of Race For RP in 2016. He has participated in many events on and off the track in support of Race for RP’s mission to raise awareness about relapsing polychondritis (“RP”), drive efforts in medical research and ultimately find a cure for autoimmune diseases.

In 2017, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) and Marcelli Motorsports teamed up for a sponsorship program for the Detroit Grand Prix.  As a result, Kyle raced the #96 AARDA / RP Chevrolet Camaro for Fields Racing Team in the Trans Am race in June 2017.

In 2018, as an ambassador for Race for RP and AARDA, Kyle and his co-driver, Nate Stacy, won back-to-back races at Sebring and Mid-Ohio in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  Also at Mid-Ohio in 2018, AARDA, the Allegheny Health Network’s Autoimmunity Institute, and Race for RP teamed up to sponsor 3GT Racing’s #14 Lexus RC F GT3, which Kyle and his co-driver, Dominik Baumann, drove to victory in the GTD class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Kyle’s support of AARDA and Race For RP continues to generate public awareness about the need for autoimmune disease care and research by connecting with the vast motorsports audience.

JEFF

WESTPHAL

COUNTRY: USA

Jeff Westphal started his racing career with no prior experience when he was hired at a local indoor go-cart track in 2004. After impressing the staff at that facility, his boss sponsored him in the 2004 Redbull® Driver Search Runoffs. Instead of pursuing go-karting, Jeff began racing in the Jim Russell Racing School of Infineon Raceway in 2006, finishing in the top five in 14 of his 17 races in his rookie season and finishing third in the championship

Since then, Jeff has competed in the F2000 Championship, setting the win record for the series with PR1 Motorsports, won Grand Am Rolex Races, Redline & Global Time Attack Championships Unlimited class for GST Motorsport (9 track records), as well as wins in IMSA Weathertech championship and abroad in Germany’s GT3 championship VLN. Jeff was also the first (and only) American driver to qualify on the pole for the 24HRs of Nurburgring, and most recently won the inaugural California 8Hrs.  He continued to race with SCG003c in GT3, Peregrine Racing and Rearden Racing in GT4, as well as compete in Global Time Attack while mentoring aspiring drivers all over the country.

In 2018, Jeff joined co-driver Tyler McQuarrie in piloting the Carbahn Autoworks / Peregrine Racing No. 39 Audi R8 GT4 LMS in the IMSA Continental SportsCar Challenge, with three top 5 finishes (Road Atlanta, Road America and Watkins Glen) and a podium P3 finish at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.   

This year, Jeff is off to an impressive start in the renamed IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, having scored two podium finishes in the 3 races; P3 at Mid-Ohio and a decisive P1 WIN at Sebring. 

For information about Jeff Westphal visit, www.jeffwestphalracing.com/

JON

MORLEY

COUNTRY: USA

Jon Morley fell in love with driving and speed at an early age. He honed his craft on his big-wheel and golf carts before finally getting into a proper racing kart at age 14. His family was living in Japan at the time, so Morley actually started his racing career on the same circuit as former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi. Once his family moved back to the United States, Morley got serious about his karting and started winning races at the regional and national level.

An advertisement in Racer magazine led him to the Skip Barber Racing School, where he would ultimately do the bulk of his early racing in open wheel cars. Similar to karting, he won races at the regional and national level, which led to the biggest award of his young career, the Skip Barber “Big Scholarship”. The coveted scholarship was won the prior year by now-Indy Car Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and was a huge prize for any up and coming driver. It provided a free season in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, which Morley contested in 2001. He scored one podium, three top-5’s and narrowly missed out on the Rookie Of The Year championship, falling from the lead to second at the final race of the year.

After the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Morley briefly tried his hand at stock car racing in the ARCA series, before settling into endurance sports cars where he still competes today. He can be found racing in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in the #61 Simply Vegas Audi RS3.

When he isn’t racing, Morley keeps a busy schedule coaching other aspiring drivers and running his golf league, the Mediocre Golf Association.

For more information visit, 

www.jonmorleyracing.com
www.roadshagger.com
www.mediocregolf.com

Amateur

Neil

Langberg

COUNTRY: USA

Neil Langberg debuted in the Ferrari Challenge in Daytona in 2016.  Neil drives the #153 Ferrari 488 Challenge car with the Scuderia Corsa team in the Ferrari North America Challenge series.  Neil was always fascinated with performance vehicles.  He started off driving BMWs, graduated to Porsches for many years until his wife, Nancy, suggested he test drive a Ferrari.  From the moment he got behind the wheel, he knew going forward he would be a Ferrari driver.   Under the driver development program, Neil began competing in Challenge races and continued to grow as an amateur driver under the instruction of top professional drivers.

Today, Neil and the #153 Race for RP Ferrari 488 Challenge car are regular fixtures on the North America circuit.  In June 2018, Neil Langberg took his first podium in Coppa Shell Am when Scuderia Corsa celebrated its 100th team win during the Ferrari Challenge weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal in the backdrop of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix — one of the largest attended motorsports events in the world.  Neil is passionate about raising awareness for relapsing polychondritis and he is committed, on and off the track, to help accelerate research to find a cure.

Watch the video about how Neil became a Ferrari driver.

Brian

Linn

COUNTRY: USA

Brian Linn is the first racer to enter a single race car in two classes at the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) annual Runoffs and finish second both times. Both drives were outstanding efforts against defending National Champions and were enough to earn him the Road Racing Drivers Club’s Mark Donohue Award for 2007. The award, presented by the RRDC for outstanding performance, sportsmanship and competitiveness at the SCCA Runoffs held at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas, is named for the late Mark Donohue, the American road racing legend and 1967 President of the RRDC.

In 2016 Brian raced a 1972 MG Midget in both HP and FP at the SCCA Runoffs. Running in two classes, with one car, is no easy feat. That culminated in earning the Sunoco Hard Charger Award in FP and then the SCCA President’s Cup award for the best performance at the Runoffs. Brian has raced since his teens in cars including a Sprite, Spec Miata, Lotus 7, Honda CRX, and his MG Midget. Brian is also a talented artist who creats digital paintings of automobiles and race cars in his spare time.

Linn’s father, Jim Linn, started racing a Bugeye Sprite in the late 60’s. After trips to the Runoffs in ’79 and ’80 where Jim Linn raced, Brian began dreaming of winning his own championship. His first racing experience came in 1985 when his mother bought him entry in an SCCA Drivers School as a high school graduation present.

Jim

Linn

COUNTRY: USA

Jim Linn, eponymous founder of Linnspeed Racing, was born in Cincinnati, OH, but lit out for Southern California just as soon as he had a college degree in his back pocket. His racing career began in the early 1960’s with slalom events in the Hollywood Bowl parking lot, expanding quickly to track racing (“More time in the car,” he says) under the auspices of the SCCA. During the years that Jim successfully raced his Austin Healey Sprite in Cal Club’s H Production class, he also made a name for himself in the fabrication of fiberglass body parts – most famously, Bugeye bonnets – all while holding down his day job as a laser physicist. In the 1980’s, Jim and racing partner Tony Clifford competed in the Renault Alliance Cup. Later in that same decade, son Brian Linn joined Jim in SCCA regional racing, eventually carrying the torch of Linnspeed to two National Championships and multiple accolades, including the Mark Donohue Award and the President’s Cup.

Michele “Chef Mike”

Aliotta

COUNTRY: ITALY

Chef Mike Aliotta drives the unmistakable black Fiat 500 Abarth representing Race for RP on the streets of southern California.  Chef Mike has been part of the Race for RP program since its inception.  Wherever he goes, Chef Mike is an avid and effective driver of relapsing polychondritis and autoimmune disease awareness. 

In 2014, Chef Mike graciously provided exceptional catering services during the production of our cornerstone documentary, “RP The Ride of My Life,” as well as at the 2015 premiere of the film at Ferrari of South Bay.  Since then, Chef Mike has continued to be a fantastic partner, having catered three AARDA Los Angeles Autoimmune Walks, hosted two fabulous cooking classes for members of the extended Ferrari Scuderia Corsa family, and much more. 

Chef Mike founded Aliotta’s Via Firenze in Torrance, CA in 1999 where he puts a unique emphasis on a selection of the highest quality, whole food ingredients prepared to the customers preference to deliver an authentic homemade taste.  Owner and staff are highly regarded and in demand for their genuine approach and ability to curate truly memorable dining experiences for their clientele.  

Visit http://www.aliottas.com for more information. Mention Race for RP and Chef Mike will be delighted to greet you. 

If you see the Race for RP Abarth on the streets of southern California, please snap a photo and tag it #RaceforRP on social media.