Alegra Motorsports’ father-son racing duo compete across land and sea in busy race weekend
Alegra Motorsports will take to the waves and track this coming weekend as the championship-winning team led by father-son duo Carlos and Michael de Quesada prepares a 50-foot carbon, Kevlar, and foam catamaran boat for the Race World Offshore World Championships taking place in Key West, Florida and the #28 Mercedes-AMG GT3 car for the 2021 Motul Petit Le Mans IMSA event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.
Both vehicles will make a splash with bright Huski liveries, representing an exciting new partnership between Alegra Motorsports and the Sweden-based chocolate beverage and adventure gear brand. Of special note, the #28 Mercedes-AMG livery was designed by 17-year-old Noah Ruddock of East Lake High School in Palm Harbor.
Team Principal and founder Carlos de Quesada will take the wheel of the 13,000-lb foam, Kevlar, and carbon Huski boat at the starting point for the Key West Championships. He will be assisted by Former Miss GEICO crew chiefGary Stray and Throttleman Steve Curtis, who will control the boat’s Mercury twin-turbo engines capable of 2,000 HP each to propel the boat up to 200 mph. Both veteran racers hail from the U.K. originally and bring a combined 60 years plus of offshore racing experience.
As the new aquatic arm of Alegra Motorsports examines water conditions to select the appropriate propeller before the race, the trackside team in Georgia nearly 600 miles away will be keeping a close eye on surface and weather conditions to determine the correct tires upon which to start the race. Michael De Quesada will share the #28 car with IMSA veteran driver Daniel Morad and Mercedes-AMG platinum driver Daniel Juncadella during the nationally televised 10-hour endurance event. The driving teams of both car and boat share a track record of success with Daniel Morad and Michael De Quesada having several podium winds under their belts at Petit Le Mans and Gary and Steve both have overall wins at Keywest.
“There are some similarities between these two styles of racing, but more differences,” says Carlos de Quesada. “It says a lot about the skill and commitment of the Alegra Team that we’re able to mobilize for two totally different events in different corners of the country. Regardless of how we fair, it’s sure to be an exciting weekend.”
The Offshore Championships will take place in three stages, starting on Wednesday and concluding on Sunday. The 2021 Motul Petit Le Mans IMSA will run from Nov 11-13.