Rolex 24 Weekend Showcases Park Place Growth, Strength
Park Place Motorsports planned out a full weekend at Daytona International Speedway with the debut of its Michelin Pilot Challenge program alongside the first appearance of its new Porsche 911 GT3R running at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
This is the first time the Park Place Motorsports will run both races on IMSA’s opening weekend and like any other team is hoping to begin IMSA’s 50th anniversary year with a win. This season more members of Park Place Motorsports have experience in Victory Lane than any other year. After a successful Roar Before the Rolex 24 where the team created continuity between car, crew and driver Park Place Motorsports is planning for everyone to walk away with more experience in winning.
In the No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3R Porsche Factory Driver Patrick Long and endurance driver Nick Boulle have stood atop the podium after the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Trent Hindman, the driver of the No. 7 VOLT® Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4, also took home a win in the GS class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge when he last drove a Porsche in 2017. Both efforts being led by Director of Race Operations, Mike Johnson, who steered former teams to victory at the “World Center of Racing.”
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey and Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell are hoping to join the ranks of their No. 73 de Boulle Porsche teammates. The Rolex 24 At Daytona has long eluded Lindsey though his performance has never stuttered. In his last run at Daytona International Speedway, 2017, he turned the fifth fastest lap of the weekend in the GT Daytona class. Campbell became well-known in the sports car world after winning his debut Le Mans run in the GTE Am class. He has never competed in the United States but will no doubt take on his newest challenge with the same skill shown last June.
Sponsor and driver, Alan Brynjolfsson, hopes that third time is the charm. He and teammate Hindman take on Daytona in The Endurance Challenge with the No. 7 VOLT® Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4. Brynjolfsson and Hindman turned some of the weekends fastest laps in 2018 before finishing the race eighth in the GS class. They also finished the 2018 race season eighth in the GS class Championship after taking home a win at Road America and two top-five finishes.
“The theme of the weekend is a lot. Every moment of our week is planned out,” Lindsey said. “The crews have a lot on their shoulders between pit lane and the two garages. As drivers, we have a lot to focus on to get the car just right for an endurance race. Even hospitality has a lot going on, every person on the team will be maxed out, but I think we’re all excited and ready. There’s a fresh hope at the start of every season. Daytona is fun. We’re a highly competitive team, and this is the start of competition, so we’re ready to get out there.
“We’re excited to have more guests this year to enjoy the race. Jeff Van Sicklen from the dealership is bringing 20 clients; we have family and friends coming. Patrick Huston, the General Manager from Park Place, is coming to hang out. Which means there is one more Park Place Patrick to confuse everyone. So, we’re hoping to share in some excitement and a win with everyone that comes to cheer us on.”
Park Place Motorsports begins the race week Thursday, Jan. 24, with a full day of practice and qualifying for both the Michelin Pilot Challenge and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Friday, Jan. 25 is an abbreviated day with one practice for the No. 73 de Boulle Porsche but its race day for the No. 7 VOLT® Lighting Porsche. The clock for The Endurance Challenge at Daytona begins its four-hour countdown at 12:05 p.m. ET, the race broadcast is to air Wednesday, Feb. 6 on NBCSN. The twice-around-the-clock classic takes place Saturday, Jan. 26 with the green flag dropping at 12:35 p.m. and the race concluding the same time Sunday, Jan. 27. The race is broadcast on NBCSN, NBC Sports and IMSA.tv. For a detailed schedule, check your local listings.