Park Place Motorsports Fuel Strategy Save
Driver Trent Hindman waited for the moment he would hear he had enough fuel to finish the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge race.
Park Place Motorsports finished third at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after fuel-saving strategy brought the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR home on fumes.
Hindman was told with two laps remaining he would make it up the final hill to cross the finish line for sure. Though the suggestion was thrown out to coast down the famed Corkscrew of Turn 8 to make sure that was true.
The risky strategy came to play during the handoff from driver and sponsor Alan Brynjolfsson to Hindman. A low pressured wheel gun slowed the pit stop, the only full-service pit stop for the No. 7 Porsche. Hindman was sent out without having changed a tire and was called back two laps later to pit lane to complete the job once the issue was corrected. The top-off of fuel during the second pit stop is suspected of having saved Hindman from being beached on the track.
Brynjolfsson celebrated his team’s accomplishment but can be proud of his own. Brynjolfsson held steady inside the top 10 of the ultra-competitive GS Class throughout the majority of his stint after qualifying 11th. He adds this podium to a recent string of podium finishes across different racing series. The success helps his standing in the Porsche Cup offered to amateur Porsche drivers by Porsche AG. The winner takes home a brand-new Porsche 992 this year. Brynjolfsson is currently second in the standings ahead of Team Principal Patrick Lindsey who sits fourth.
Today’s race will air on NBCSN Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. ET. While a MICHELIN Pilot Challenge championship is off the team’s mind, the Porsche Cup is at the forefront making a fight at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta all the more enticing. The Fox Factory 120 takes place as part of the Petit Le Mans weekend on Oct. 9-12. The two-hour sprint race is live-streamed on IMSA.tv and aired on NBCSN Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. ET.
Trent Hindman, Driver
“How did we make that happen,” Hindman said. “Once again, Mike Johnson coming through with strategy. It was just a nice job by everybody. Mike, Alan and the whole crew. VOLT Racing Park Place Motorsports is a great team. I’m glad we were able to capitalize on our good strategy today for a solid finish.”
Alan Brynjolfsson, Driver and Sponsor
“It was a really easy stint for me,” Brynjolfsson said. “My job was just to produce a clean car and hand it over to Trent who performed flawlessly. He was the only person in the entire field to do just one fuel stop. He was under a lot of pressure to fuel save and he was able to which ultimately put us on the podium.”
Mike Johnson, Director of Race Operations
“I think we did this almost exact same thing last year with the GTD car,” Johnson said. “We had a problem in the pits and just had to throw an audible. We knew we didn’t have the car to fight out front, so we had to do something totally different. We went with a fuel strategy gamble and it obviously paid off. We led the race for a few laps at the end. We knew those other cars were coming, they were going two seconds a lap faster.
“In that type of situation, you aren’t racing the cars on track you’re racing the clock. Trent did such an amazing job to hit the numbers we kept giving him and he crossed the line in third. It’s a great day, a lot of our competitors had a little bit rougher day, so I think it’s going to be a really fun battle in Atlanta.”