Detroit Pole and Podium. Park Place Motorsports Shows Well on Belle Isle.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Park Place Motorsports scored the first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class pole position for the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R on May 31 at the Detroit Grand Prix. The following day, in the 100-minute race for prototypes and GTD class cars, the Dallas, Texas-area program followed with the first class podium finish, a second-place, for the No. 73 Porsche in the 2019 season with Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Zach Robichon (Canada). The finishing position for the team matched its career best on the 2.3-mile track that runs through the roads of the city-owned island in the Detroit River.

The close runner-up result on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park circuit came after a stellar drive at the hands of 2018 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series champion Robichon in the first half of the event. The young Canadian joined the Porsche factory driver for the first time in Detroit and, having inherited the pole position after a competitor failed post-qualifying technical inspection, led from the drop of the green flag. Following a pit stop with nearly one-hour remaining in the race, the Patrick Lindsey-led team got Long out of the pits with a narrow lead. However, after a strong defense, the veteran Porsche driver was passed for the lead. Despite attacking to regain the top-spot until the end, Long was unable to recapture first-place. The podium finish allows Park Place to close on the WeatherTech GTD Sprint Championship points lead entering the second-half of the race season.

With all focus now turning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the IMSA WeatherTech Championship will go on a short hiatus. All classes return for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on June 30.

Patrick Long, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"I'm really proud of the whole Park Place Motorsports organization. We were at the sharp end of the field all weekend. The racer in me is disappointed and wants a victory for the team but the realists understands this is where championships are made or lost. The second yellow is ultimately where the plot twisted. The Lexus was able to drive by me on the back straightaway on that restart. We were better on the long run but a little bit low on pace on the short run. It was a great job by Zach and the whole team today."

Zach Robichon, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"It was a fantastic weekend with Park Place Motorsports. I've never raced with Park Place before or raced at Belle Isle Raceway, so it was a weekend of firsts for me. Luckily this wasn't my first street track and I was able to settle in pretty quickly.

"It was great working with Patrick Long and the whole Park Place Team. We were able to meld very easily and get up to speed in the car. It was a great race where we held the lead for a long time, we just missed out a little bit at the end and brought it home in second which was still exciting. This was my first time on the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship podium and my first podium with the Porsche 911 GT3 R. I'm glad we were able to be competitive and help Park Place move up in the championship."