Park Place to Miss Petit Le Mans; Finishes Fight in GT4 Action
Park Place Motorsports will put full focus on its MICHELIN Pilot Challenge effort at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R removing its GTD entry in the Petit Le Mans.
A new Porsche could not be procured following substantial damage from an incident during GTD qualifying at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ultimately ending the team’s run in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The challenges of repairing the race car amongst other commitments also brought Park Place Motorsport to a dead end. This is the first Petit Le Mans the team will have missed since the merger of GrandAm and the American Le Mans Series. Drivers Patrick Lindsey, Patrick Long and Nick Boulle will all sit out the historic event.
With the GTD entry off the books for the weekend, the team has its full attention turned to its No. 7 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. Drivers Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman are fighting for a race win to end the team’s championship hunt with a second-place finish in the GS Points Championship. Another championship is on the line for Brynjolfsson as he currently sits in first in the Porsche Cup, a prestigious award given by Porsche AG in Germany.
“Regrettably, one mistake held a large repercussion,” Lindsey said. “I hold responsibility for Pat and Nick, as well as the team, missing the Petit Le Mans which is a great event we’ve had success at in the past. Park Place had a really consistent season with top-five finishes and a podium at Detroit. We had a few setbacks out of our control, but we always continued the fight. I just want to thank everyone for the countless hours of hard work this season. We put together a big year.
“Switching gears, I am very excited to watch Alan and Trent finish out their season. They and the VOLT crew took on two series, three championships and have done a spectacular job. I’m extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished this year and look forward to their finale. Park Place supported my decision to become a customer team, and I think we’ve executed that goal well. Of course, it has nothing to do with me; it’s all Mike Johnson and the crew. Hats off to them and I hope to see a strong finish.”
The Petit Le Mans weekend takes place Oct. 9-12 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The 10-hour race is supported by the Fox Factory 120 which caps off the Michelin Pilot Challenge season Saturday, Oct. 12. The Fox Factory 120 can be watched via live-stream on IMSA.tv.