August 5, 2019 – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin – PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports won their 4th consecutive race at the IMSA Road Race Challenge at Road America with their LMP2 entry as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Matt McMurry and Patrick Kelly piloted the No. 52 ORECA LMP2 to a 31.35-second victory over the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA shared by Cameron Cassels and James French. The win was especially significant to Kelly, a 51-year-old driver from Minnestrista, Minnesota who had not raced in nine years since being involved in an accident with a school bus that almost took his life.
The win contributed to a five-point lead in the overall standings with two races left in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Next up for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports will be the penultimate round of the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 15.
Matt McMurry – Driver of the No.52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2
“It was just perfectly executed by everyone on the team. Patrick made a huge comeback, coming from not running for nine years and jumping right back in and holding the gap to Cassels. He did exactly what he needed to do, holding the gap to him. I got back in and did what I needed to do by holding another gap back.”
Patrick Kelly – Driver of the No.52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2
“I’ll tell you; it’s hard to describe. I think the last race I was in was Laguna or maybe it was Sebring in GTC, remember when we had the (Porsche 911 GT3) Cup cars that ran in the class. I was in a really horrible crash with a school bus driver who was texting and swerved into oncoming traffic. I was just about a year ago able to be cleared to go back. I just said I have to keep a clear head, do what I need to do, do decent lap times, don’t do anything stupid and foolish and just hand it over to Matt in one piece. I’ll admit it was hard to stay relaxed.”
Bobby Oergel - Team Principal
“This was a great weekend for us. Happy to have Patrick back and able to capture our fourth consecutive win. Very happy to be leading in the Championship points standings as well. Great job by everyone here at PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports.”