PARK PLACE FINISHES FOURTH AT CTMP AMIDST TRYING WEEKEND

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Park Place Motorsports finished fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park earning the accolade of top finishing Porsche 911 GT3 R in the GT Daytona Class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

The No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R took the checkered flag with Porsche Works Driver Patrick Long a mere four-tenths of a second behind third place. The fourth-place finish felt like a win after a defeating early retirement seven days ago at Watkins Glen International. Long fought through high track temperatures and large swaths of pickup on the track circuit narrowing the driving line throughout his stint. The final 15-minutes of his drive being perhaps the most dramatic with a long caution featuring a red flag coming after an incident in Turn 2. The course went green with 15-minutes remaining after debris was cleaned up.

Team Principal Patrick Lindsey qualified the No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R seventh for the teams only international event. His qualifying position was applauded after an engine replacement on Friday set the team back in setup development. Lindsey advanced up to fifth place during his stint before handing the car over to Long. 

Consistent top-five finishes are crucial in the overall championship hunt as fierce competition keeps the point standings close-knit. Park Place Motorsports is second, one point behind first, in the WeatherTech Sprint Cup. Currently, the team is tied for third in the GTD Points Championship with Magnus Racing and Turner Motorsports, a third-place finish at CTMP would have made Park Place Motorsports the lone third-place championship team. Park Place Motorsports is leading the manufacture championship charge for Porsche as the only 911 GT3 R to enter every IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event. 

Calendar 

Next up for the No. 73 Park Place Porsche is Round Seven of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Lime Rock Park. The weekend runs from July 19-20 in Salisbury, Connecticut. Both the team and drivers have had great success at Lime Rock in the past, promising an exciting weekend. For a more detailed schedule, visit http://imsa.com

Driver Quotes 

Patrick Lindsey, Team Principal and Driver of the No. 73 Park Place Porsche 
“Obviously it was more than we expected based on our semi-mediocre qualifying,” Lindsey said. “We changed the car around a little this weekend, so I drove clean and didn’t try and push it too much. I think Pat could have gotten Townsend at the end, but I also think Townsend drove really defensively like he wasn’t going to give it up without a fight. We’ll go and try again at Lime Rock. The team did a really great job this weekend, and fourth is great for championship points.”

Patrick Long, Porsche Works driver and Driver of the No. 73 Park Place Porsche“Today was a great result for the Park Place team,” Long said. “The crew basically did two engine changes this week and still came prepared for a fight today. We didn’t expect to be in podium position, so I think it was a good result overall. We showed our strength as a team, no mistakes and a great strategy. Obviously wish we had celebrated on podium after all our crew went through this week, but fourth is good for the points outlook. I’m hopeful for our chances in Lime Rock.”

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