The Goal at Watkins Glen
Park Place Motorsports’ IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program joins its Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama effort for the first time since March at Watkins Glen International.
The team will compete in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and rounds seven and eight of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition. This race comes two weeks after drivers Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsey completed the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing seventh in the GTE Am category. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge driver David Kolkmann was on hand to support the duo from the garage.
Park Place Motorsports GT Daytona program is far from out of practice as it returns to IMSA competition. Bergmeister and Kolkmann took part in a test at Watkins Glen in May. The No. 73 Park Place Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R was consistent in performance and received the stamp of approval from Bergmeister. Kolkmann took his first laps in the GT3 R and on the Watkins Glen course. Possibly in preparation for his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race later this year.
The goal for the No. 73 GT3 R is to control the field as much as possible coming into a season they’ve had little influence over. With Porsche Motorsport North America not having found a single podium in GTD this year, the odds may be stacked against Park Place Motorsports. However, the Watkins Glen test makes Team Principal Patrick Lindsey think the tides may be changing.
“I’m hoping to see a podium finish at Watkins Glen,” Lindsey said. “The test went really well. We posted good times, which is what we want to see. They were fast out of the gate. Jörg said the car felt good and the team made the changes they felt were needed. We had a couple of rough races in Florida. I think our luck may turn around in New York. I’d love to come back to IMSA with a win.”
The goal for the No. 71 GT3 Cup 911 is perhaps a loftier one. Kolkmann will aim to sweep the weekend after taking home both first and second in his two prior events at Barber Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Kolkmann’s concentration was ice cold as he fought off the No. 3 Porsche of Trenton Estep for his second win of the season in Mid-Ohio and solidified his status as a serious contender.
Currently, Kolkmann is third in the points standings. The tight competition provides entertainment and showcases the deep talent pool of this Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Presented by Yokohama season.
“There is good competition but to show that I’ve advanced I need to take home two wins,” Kolkmann said. “We’ve won twice now and finished second twice. Watkins Glen is the first track that I will have experience on before the first practice. I think that should help because I will be up to speed. The others will still have had more experience at Watkins Glen, but it should not matter much.”
The IMSA weekend at Watkins Glen International takes place June 28- July 1. Thursday, June 28, is busy with practice for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA field. Race One takes place Friday, June 29, for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on track for a full day of practice. Saturday, June 30, hosts Race Two for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and qualifying for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Everything leads up to Sunday, July 1, when the green flag drops for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at 9:45 a.m. ET. For a detailed schedule with times visit imsa.com.