AMG GT3 Driver Kenton Koch Checks in with MB World

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Kenton Koch Mercedes-AMG GT3

Just hours before competing in Rolex 24, the young racer talks success, preparation & why his ‘chupacabra’ AMG GT3 is the one to watch.

Despite his young age, Kenton Koch, 23, has already accomplished a lot in his racing career. In 2016, he won the LMPC class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

This year, he’s back, competing in a new class at the famed race, which kicks off Saturday, and finding himself behind the wheel of a new car: the P1 Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, which will compete in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

Sharing driving duties with Robby Foley, Loris Spinelli, and team owner JC Perez, the AMG GT3 is poised to be a competitor to watch. However, that’s not entirely attributable to the massive talent behind the wheel, though. There is another contributing factor: one incredibly unique and badass paint job.

The car itself is hard to miss, painted with an eye-catching livery depicting the mythical chupacabra, rumored to terrorize livestock across Central and South America. With any luck, it will similarly terrorize competitors on its way to victory this weekend.

Koch was nice enough to converse with us via email just hours before the race kicked off, answering a few questions about himself, the car, and that wild paint scheme.

Longtime motorcyclist and automotive journalist Cam Vanderhorst is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum and MB World, among others.

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