Park Place Motorsports GT Challenge
Park Place Motorsports is prepared to face a challenging weekend as the No. 73 Park Place Porsche takes on the MICHELIN GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway.
Park Place Motorsports ran only a partial season in 2018 thus making its last appearance at VIR in 2017. The 2017 season began and ended a string of tenth-place finishes at the 17-turn, 3.27-mile course. With a history that is less supportive statistically, Park Place Motorsports will rely on its current strength and lineup to lead its way to a possible victory.
As a manufacturer Porsche has taken home the last two wins in the GTD Class. Park Place Motorsports opportunity to shine was cut short at Road America due to circumstances outside the team’s control. However, weeks prior the No. 73, piloted by Team Principal Patrick Lindsey and Porsche Works Driver Patrick Long, competed for a podium position. A strong finish will be necessary to keep Park Place Motorsports WeatherTech Sprint Championship hopes alive. The team is currently tied for second and 10 points out of a tie for first.
The MICHELIN GT Challenge weekend kicks off with two practice sessions Friday, Aug. 23. One practice remains Saturday, Aug. 24 followed by GTD qualifying which takes place at 12:25 p.m. ET. Sunday, Aug. 25 is race day at VIRginia International Raceway. The MICHELIN GT Challenge goes green at 1:35 p.m. Coverage for the two hour and 40-minute sprint race is live-streamed on IMSA.tv and NBCSN with additional commentary on IMSA Radio.
Patrick Long, Porsche Works Driver
“Always great to get to VIR; it’s a special place on the calendar for a lot of reasons,” Long said. “It’s technical, fast and there’s a lot of curb usage. It’s very key to have a car that trail brakes quite well. The pace of the race is usually high because of it being a GT-only battle. Track position will be important, every lap will count. The Porsche has been ultra-competitive the last couple races so we have to go in with the mindset of recouping some points after a tough Road America result. We have to arrive ready to go.”
Patrick Lindsey, Driver and Team Principal
“Road America was a letdown but I think we can be hopeful at VIR,” Lindsey said. “Our crew works hard every weekend. We’re all ready for another podium finish. Typically, we see our team only grow stronger at the end of the season and I doubt this year will be any different. But VIR is a difficult track, you have to do everything right there to get a good result so everyone will have to be on point to get it done.”