Park Place Makes Premier in California 8 Hours
Park Place Motorsports will run the No. 911 Park Place Porsche, Porsche 911 GT3 R, supported by Porsche Motorsport, in the Intercontinental Blancpain GT Challenge powered by Pirelli California 8 Hours March 28-30 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Park Place Motorsports’ driver lineup consists of works drivers Romain Dumas (France) and Sven Müller (Germany) and Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France). A win elluded Müller and Dumas who competed at Laguna Seca in 2018. Dumas narrowly missed the podium earning a fourth-place finish with Wright Motorsports. Jaminet has not yet competed on the famed Laguna Seca circuit.
Park Place Motorsports has a strong history of success at Laguna Seca though it has never run the California 8 Hours. The team has finished on the podium in the IMSA GT Daytona class the past five consecutive years at Laguna Seca. Park Place Motorsports success highlights its crew’s capability of preparing a car that can handle the 3.602-miles of turns and 180 ft. elevation change awaiting them in Monterey, California.
Park Place Motorsports is one of two Porsche Motorsport supported entries. The other entrant is Wright Motorsports, 2019 is its third time entering the eight-hour event. Porsche Motorsports comes to California after taking a win at the Intercontinental Blancpain GT Challenge season-opener, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, with works driver Earl Bamber’s race team. The California 8 Hours debuts the new Porsche 911 GT3 R in the global series.
The eight-hour endurance race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is preluded with two days of testing and practice March 27-28. Qualifying takes place March 29 with a new format. In this round, each driver will have to take a turn posting a pole worthy lap time. Finally, Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m. PDT the green flag waves over the California 8 Hours. A detailed schedule and the live stream are available at https://www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com.
Comments Before the Race
Daniel Armbruster (President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America): “The Intercontinental GT Challenge’s California 8-Hour race, now in its third year, has been growing in importance and stature with each visit to Monterey’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. By having Park Place Motorsports and Wright Motorsport represent Porsche, we are assured of two well-prepared 911 GT3 R race cars, by two of the best managed teams in racing. I am encouraged to see the event continue to grow in the Unites States, as the customer team focus is an important part of our philosophy at PMNA.”
Patrick Lindsey (Team Principal, Park Place Motorsports): “First, I need to say that I am very honored to have Porsche’s support in our first ICGT race. Events such as this one, with team’s you don’t usually get to compete against, are always fun. It gives you a new test and a new way to measure how you’re doing. I think we have an advantage going into the race because of our history of success at Laguna Seca. Porsche has given us a talented lineup that can win; it’s just up to our guys to give them the right tool. Our team’s been on the road for a month now, but I think we all understand the importance of this event and have a strong will to win it for Porsche.”
Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R No.911): “This will be a very special event for me, because I’ve never actually contested a race with the new Porsche 911 GT3 R. The new model definitely has a lot of potential. Hence, I’m very excited to turn my first laps. Last year we finished in fourth-place at Laguna Seca. We should be able to do better with the new car. We’re aiming for a podium spot.”
Sven Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R No.911): “Racing in North America is always a great pleasure for us European drivers. The circuits are wonderfully original and often very challenging. Laguna Seca is no exception. Our performance there last year wasn’t perfect. This year, however, we’re driving the new Porsche 911 GT3 R. The team has a lot of experience and our car has a top driver line-up. We should be able to do something good.”
Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 GT3 R No.911): “I’m very excited to go to Laguna. It will be a new experience for me. I will discover the track, the race and a new team. Park Place has always performed well in IMSA, so I think we should be confident that we can build good results. My teammates know the track. So, I can rely on them to help me get up to pace. In the end, everything will be new for me, it’s also the first time for the new GT3 R to run this track, so we have to discover a lot of new things. But we have all the ingredients to perform well, so I am confident.”