DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (June 28, 2016) – Performance Tech Motorsports welcomes 2015 Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires Champion and Mazda factory driver Kenton Koch to its three-driver lineup for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
James French, Kyle Marcelli and Koch will take on Watkins Glen International together on July 3 in the No. 38 FerPal Infrastructure Prototype Challenge. The Mazda driver is adding a boost of confidence to the lineup after taking home back-to-back wins at The Glen in 2015.
Though Koch has never been on the same team as French and Marcelli the three have familiarity from racing against each other. Koch previously ran and won the 2016 24 Hours At Daytona and finished fourth in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Koch competed with JDC Motorsports, the same team he won his Prototype Lites championship with.
After Sebring Koch was effectively a free agent and in search for a ride for the remainder of the 2016 IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship season. Since that time Team Principal Brent O’Neill kept in touch with Koch.
“Everyone worked really hard to put this deal together,” O’Neill said. “I always kept in contact with Kenton and would have loved to have had him for the full season but it just didn’t work out. But we’re very happy to have him with us now.
“It really is exciting to have a talent like him in the car with us, he’ll be an asset to the team. He’ll raise our game and I think he’ll fit right in. The team already likes Kenton and I know he’s talked to James a little. It should be good.”
Koch appreciated O’Neill’s hard work to put him in the No. 38 PC and took it as a compliment. With multiple other drivers vying for the third seat in the Performance Tech PC, he was originally unsure if it would be his to have.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in a car. It’s nice to be given the opportunity and to have the ability to take advantage of it,” Koch said. “I think we have a solid driver lineup. I know James and Kyle are both quick and consistent. I’m really looking forward to working with the Performance Tech Program.
“I have to thank Mazda who helped me get to where I am and JDC for the experience they’ve given me, I now have a watch on my wrist that I never thought I’d have because of them. I also need to thank the Justice Brothers, Donate Life America and a couple other people, who know who they are; they all helped me get here. And of course my parents for always putting up with me and racing.”
Koch is looking forward to competing at Watkins Glen once again. Since 2015 the 3.4-mile and 11-turn track has seen a few upgrades, including a new track surface. With only a touch of its charisma removed Koch is ready to see how the new track behaves.
French, Marcelli and Koch all have experience at The Glen, which provides a difficult circuit and difficult racing conditions. The Glen is known for its radical weather conditions, quickly shifting form a downpour of rain to sunshine throughout race weekends.
The Six Hours of The Glen is also part of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. It is the third installment of the four race series, the final race to cap off the season at Road Atlanta with the Petit Le Mans. Performance Tech stands sixth in the TPNAEC Team standings and fifth overall in the PC team points championship.
The race weekend begins for the No. 38 PC car at 11:25 a.m. EST Friday, July 1 with Practice One. Qualifying is scheduled to take place at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, July 2 with PC qualifying beginning at 4:30 p.m. The green flag falls for the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, July 3. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 a.m. ET July 3 and streamed live on IMSA.tv.
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