Park Place Motorsports Sprint Championship Finale
Park Place Motorsports enters the final sprint race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 13-15.
This year the GT Daytona Class offered three championships to competitors with the overall points championship, the WeatherTech Sprint Championship, and the Michelin Endurance Championship. The Monterey SportsCar Championship race is the final sprint race of the 2019 season at a run length of two hours and 40-minutes on the 11 turn, 2.34-mile track. It is the deciding factor in crowning the inaugural WeatherTech Sprint Championship winner.
While a bought of bad luck and rough races pushed Park Place Motorsport back to sixth in the overall championship the team sits in third place in the WeatherTech Sprint Championship. The team is two points behind second place and 16 points behind first. Park Place Motorsports has to find the podium in hopes of outperforming the competition to take the title.
Porsche Works Driver Patrick Long represents the team in the Drivers WeatherTech Sprint Championship having run the entirety of the IMSA WeatherTech season in the No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R. He sits alone in fourth place, just two points behind a two-way tie for third. Long enters the race as the winningest IMSA driver at Laguna Seca, a few hours’ drive north of his hometown Los Angeles, California.
The weekend begins with two practice sessions Friday, Sept. 13. One final practice session takes place the morning of Saturday, Sept. 14 before Qualifying. GTD Qualifying gets underway 12:40 p.m. PT/ 3:40 p.m. ET and can be viewed via the IMSA live-stream on IMSA.tv. Race day is Sunday, Sept. 15 with the green flag set to drop at 12:05 p.m. PT/ 3:05 p.m. ET. Watch all the race action live on NBC starting at noon local and 3 p.m. ET.
“I’m always excited to go to Laguna Seca,” Lindsey said. “I really enjoy this track, it’s one of the classics in my book. It’s basically still a home race for me with my family and friends being in Santa Barbara. In the past Park Place has been really strong there, we’ve finished on podium the last three or four times. There are a lot of things to look forward to this weekend. We’d love to finally get a win this season and luckily the next two races are ones we’ve had some success at so we have our hopes up this race.”
“WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is essentially a home race for me with IMSA,” Long said. “I have lots of great memories over the years racing there. Having a strong result history with myself and the team seems to bode well for Porsche. The track is known for having a low grip surface and technical twists in addition to being difficult to pass on. You definitely want to stay at the sharp end of the field, but as we saw last year with Park Place strategy plays a big part. I also expect a yellow or two this race. We’ll keep pushing forward and build off of VIR.”