Roman De Angelis recorded an impressive 22 victories out of 28 races in 2019, split between the two premier Porsche one-make race series in North America. In the process, the 18-year-old Canadian became the first driver in the nine-year combined history to win Platinum class championships in both IMSA-sanctioned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama in the same season. The resident of Belle River, Ontario now holds three Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championships dating back to his first, the 2017 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Gold Class title.
Splitting driving duties between Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars prepared by Kelly-Moss Road & Race in the USA Championship and Mark Motors in Canada, the 2018 Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate put on a driving clinic in the pair of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars. Having shown impressive potential in 2017 at the age of 16, De Angelis became the youngest driver to win a Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada race in the Gold class. The tall redhead took on the challenge of the top Platinum class in 2018. He barely missed a beat from his rookie season chasing eventual 2018 Canadian Champion Zacharie Robichon and USA-titlist Trenton Estep last year.
Few records now exist on either side of the US-Canadian border that do not carry the name: Roman De Angelis. In the 16 race, eight-event weekend, season that made up the Platinum class in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, De Angelis piloted the No. 79 Kelly-Moss Racing for Children’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car under the checkered flag first 11 times. He stood on the class podium 15 times. In his native Canada, the prodigy campaigned the No. 79 Mark Motors Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car to an even more impressive record of 11 wins in 12 races. Two event weekends were shared by the two championships: the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. De Angelis won all four races at both tracks.
Among the accolades and awards presented to the champion of each series is a one-year lease of a Porsche 911 road car. For his Canadian title, De Angelis was gifted a silver Porsche 911 Carrera 2S while in the United States he was presented a white Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. De Angelis will take delivery of the iconic sports car awarded for his title in Canada. Meanwhile, as an example of his generosity and kind nature, the teenager donated the car awarded by Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) for the USA championship to longtime Kelly-Moss charity partner the Racing For Children’s organization. It will be used to conduct “hot laps” for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorder patients at Barber Motorsport Park near the Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.
As a result of this selfless gesture, PCNA and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) presented De Angelis a “Key to Flacht”. This exclusive experience will give him a behind the scenes look into Porsche A.G. and its Motorsport department in Germany. He will receive this when his titles are celebrated at the annual Porsche Night of Champions, December 7 in Stuttgart.
Roman De Angelis, Champion, 2019 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada.
“I’m looking forward to, hopefully with what I’ve proved this year, that I can move forward into something a bit different [for 2020]. Hopefully a level higher. As long as it’s something competitive and I’m able to fight for wins, I’ll be really happy. I’m looking forward to something where I can keep learning. I really want to move forward and I’m looking forward to new competition and battling with some people that can teach me some more things about racing.”
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