Park Place Motorsports Calculates 2019
The offseason is a week, or maybe two, race teams have to review the previous season before making a plan of attack for the upcoming year. Park Place Motorsports has just about that time to analyze its biggest year to date.
This year Park Place Motorsports grew from a two-car effort to a four-car team running at various levels of racing. The team ran the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R in SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge, two Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in SRO Pirelli GT4 America with one pulling double duty in the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge all while supporting another Porsche Cayman in club racing. Outside of club racing Park Place Motorsports created the Park Place Experience Academy to aid Park Place dealership clients get the most out of their vehicles while creating race craft habits.
To care for each Porsche, Park Place Motorsports has a selected group of professionals that not only rebuild the cars back at the race shop in Dallas but travel to each race to prep and setup each Porsche. Every race weekend, the crew prepared two cars; their work includes car setup for the race, caring for wear and tear and damage fixes after rough racing. Outside of car-work, the crew also organizes the paddock and pitlane tents, ultimately building their home each weekend. The transporter serves as a race shop, dining area and office space.
Most people, when thinking of what it costs to run a race team, go straight to numbers reflecting the cars, but before you care for your vehicle, you care for your people. Remember, you place your oxygen mask first before helping others. Park Place Motorsports uses Britoni Burdette of Britoni B® for hospitality services. She calculated that in one race season, the team spent over $16,000 dollars on snacks and drinks alone. This doesn’t include ice, which came in at around $2,500 dollars or meals, which calculated out to be over $58,000 dollars over the course of the race season. That’s near the average yearly income for Dallas residents.
This year Director of Race Operations, Mike Johnson, calculated some vital statistics regarding the number of hours the Park Place Motorsports team worked and the miles logged over the race season. In 2019, Park Place Motorsports will have competed in 54 races in total between the No. 7, No. 77, No. 73 and iconic No. 911 Park Place Motorsports prepared Porsches. This included SRO and IMSA sanctioned events. In total, 281 sets of race tires were used, Park Place Motorsports spent 119 hours racing, and it drove 18,439 miles. In other words, you could have driven from New York City to Los Angeles and back seven and half times. That would take the driver around 13 days to complete if he drove consistently, nothing our driver pairings couldn’t handle.
While much is left to be decided for 2020 with Park Place Motorsports, budgets will be the first thing finalized before laying the ground for what the race team looks like next year. In recent years Park Place Motorsports has competed in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship proving its adaptability as a team. In the future, Park Place Motorsports will aim to grow once again and seek out new challenges.