Park Place Championship Fight within a Championship Fight
A race to the finish in MICHELIN Pilot Challenge brings Park Place Motorsports head to head with competition for a top-three finish in the GS Class points championship.
Park Place Motorsports goes into the Petit Le Mans weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta tied for third in the GS point standings at 218 points, 10 points behind second. Driver and sponsor Alan Brynjolfsson paired with co-driver Trent Hindman gained momentum as the end of the season neared finishing in the top five of the previous three races. They will lean on the end of season push to propel them higher in the championship.
The championship run boils down to the two-hour Fox Factory 120 on the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit. A win at Road Atlanta will still keep the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS championship out of reach but a jump to second place is well possible. Ending the year with a second win and fourth podium finish would be a nod to the success the Park Place Motorsports team has seen over the 2019 season.
Ultimately a win would add to a much larger project, Brynjolfsson’s Porsche Cup run. Before the Petit Le Mans weekend, Brynjolfsson secured the lead in the competition. Porsche AG gives the award to any non-factory Porsche driver who competes nationally or internationally. The winner receives a brand-new Porsche 911 along with a cash prize.
Seeing Brynjolfsson and Hindman at the top of the championship fight is not out of the ordinary though this year they had fared much better in comparison to their eighth-place finish in the GS championship last season. Brynjolfsson and Hindman finished 2018 with 200 points and a win at Road America. Their jump in the GS championship maybe impart due to a second-year together as teammates, support of a more established team or perhaps the at-track help of Porsche Motorsport North America.
Park Place Motorsports gets to work with the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR crew Thursday, Oct. 10 with a full day of practice and qualifying. After three practice sessions, GS qualifying takes place Thursday at 4:55 p.m. ET and is live-streamed on IMSA.tv. Friday, Oct. 11 is race day with the green flag flying at 1:235 p.m. The race is both live-streamed and aired on NBCSN Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Mike Johnson, Director of Race Operations
“We are really looking forward to ending the IMPC season on a high note and trying to solidify at least third place in the team and drivers’ championships,” Johnson said. “I think Road Atlanta will be a great track for the Cayman, and if the weather cooperates with us, we should have a good result. Overall, I am very happy with our results this year, but we left a few too many points out on the table, which is something we are going to have to clean up for 2020 if we want to be championship contenders.”