Making Good on Experience
DALLAS (April 18, 2018) – Park Place Motorsports had victory snatched from its grasp twice at Sebring International Raceway, and it’s refusing to allow it to happen again at Barber Motorsports Park.
This week Park Place Motorsports will show driver David Kolkmann around, Birmingham, Alabama, for rounds three and four of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. As with each venue on the schedule this year, Kolkmann will be a series rookie as well as track rookie, having only raced Barber on a simulator back in Germany.
Kolkmann suffered a harsh introduction to the American series at Sebring. It started with one race ending in an overheated engine and the other ending due to unavoidable contact from a spinning competitor. But the 21-year-old German is ready to take on yet another new track for the sheer excitement of the unknown.
“I can’t wait to be back in the car at Barber this weekend,” Kolkmann said. “This track looks fast and that means that it will be a lot of fun to drive on this track. I think a good rhythm is the key to a fast lap time on this track. I think we did a great job at Sebring and showed a good pace. We just need a bit more luck in the races to finish in a good position.
“I definitely learned a lot at the first race weekend. The biggest difference was the Yokohama tire and learning the new track of course. I like the challenge of learning new tracks as quick as possible. That makes me even more excited to go to Barber now.”
Though he keeps a watchful eye on the points standing, Kolkmann is focusing on the championship one race weekend at a time. Each weekend features two 45-minute sprint races, two chances to find an advantage. Team Principal Patrick Lindsey has been in search of added advantages for Kolkmann as well and he’s come up with only one- a well prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Lindsey and the Park Place Motorsports crew will serve Kolkmann with an instrument of precision. Though the team is new to racing in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA series, it is by no means new to Porsche.
“We were so close to a podium in Sebring it’s really hard that we had it taken away each race,” Lindsey said. “David is a talented driver; we saw that in Sebring. If we give him the equipment worthy of a win I know he’ll get it. The good thing about Sebring is we saw what a well-rounded talent David is, he stayed late working on the car and was all in when it came to helping the team anywhere he could. I’m hoping for some better luck at Barber and to see David on the top of the podium.”
Park Place Motorsports joins the IndyCar series for Round 3 and Round 4 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. The weekend begins Friday, April 20, with a full day of Practice. Qualifying and Race One takes place Saturday, April 21. The weekend wraps up with Race Two Sunday, April 22. The races will be broadcast live on IMSA.tv. For a detailed schedule visit imsa.com.