Heartbreak Ends Park Place Fox Factory 120 Finish
BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 11, 2019) – Park Place Motorsports was amid a dominate charge to the front of the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge field when a tire issue called for an unscheduled stop before taking the checkered flag in 15th.
Driver Trent Hindman charged from 18th up to sixth over the course of his stint with plenty of time left to hunt down a few positions further up the field. Disaster struck the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR with mere minutes remaining in the race.
Hindman called in an issue with the left rear tire to the pit stand. The Park Place Motorsports VOLT Lighting crew readied a new tire upon his pit entry. Hindman rejoined the field in 18th again and worked his way up to 15th in the GS Class for the finish.
Sponsor and driver Alan Brynjolfsson kept the VOLT Lighting Porsche clean through the entirety of his stint, but the same could not be said of his competition. The end of Brynjolfsson's stint was ran under a yellow flag.
Strategist Mike Johnson made the call to bring the Porsche in for tires and fuel while keeping Brynjolfsson in for him to make his drive time. Brynjolfsson kept his cool and beat out competitors from the pit lane. Before Brynjolfsson could finish his stint, another yellow came out for an incident between two cars. Park Place Motorsports made the driver change during as soon as the pits opened for the GS Class.
Thanks to the previous pit stop and quick work by the crew, the VOLT Lighting Porsche rejoined the field in the proper position for advancement. Their tireless perfection would also allow Hindman the ability to fight for his final three places before the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge season came to a close.
Park Place Motorsports finishes the inaugural season of the Michelin Pilot Challenge series fourth in the GS Class. The team now turns its attention to its final attempts to advance Brynjolfsson in the Porsche Cup standings. Brynjolfsson has four races remaining to earn himself a new Porsche 992 in Germany this December.
Alan Brynjolfsson, Driver and Sponsor
"I'm very proud of the team," Brynjolfsson said. "We had a perfect job in terms of what we did. The guys had clean, fast stops with no mistakes. Trent moved the car up to fifth and was heading towards a podium. Unfortunately, we had a late puncture which was out of our control. Overall I'm very proud of everyone's performance this weekend."
Trent Hindman, Driver
"First off a big thanks to Alan for the opportunity to drive with him for another year," Hindman said. "Thank you to Patrick, Lindsay and Park Place Motorsports for such a great first year in the 718 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. I think overall this year was a success. More often than not, we had strong, successful weekends, which is impressive to do with a new car and team. The fact that we were in the fight for third or second in the championship is really a testament. Evermore, so, the fact that we could do that as a true pro-am pairing. I hope we're all back together next year so we can continue to grow and learn together. Alan continues to get faster every weekend, and I know he has even more speed left in him. I seriously cannot thank him and the team enough."
Mike Johnson, Director of Race Operations
"I think right now, the whole team is just so disappointed," Johnson said. "We had a really great race, and the drivers did everything they could do, but when you get a flat tire after the last yellow, you're pretty much done. We wanted to finish third in the championship, and we had that covered. We really needed some more Porsche Cup points and we had that covered. The flat tire took it all away from us.
"When you look back at the year to win a race and are on the podium for another one and on any weekend have a chance to win then finish fourth in the championship, you can't be too mad. This was actually a pretty good first year with a new team and the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. It's hard right now to look back and look at that success of the season when you have a day like today, but I'm sure tomorrow morning will wake up after the banquet ready and motivated for Vegas."