Consistency at COTA
DALLAS (May 8, 2017) – Park Place Motorsports finished eighth at Circuit of the Americas making three top 10-finishes in a row for the Dallas based team.
The team is walking away with yet another consistent finish, though Park Place Motorsports homecoming did not go as hoped. The podium has long eluded the home team but over the history of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, it has been able to finish in the top 10 or better. More importantly, they’ve been able to treat the staff at Park Place Porsche of Dallas to an exciting weekend of racing each race event.
“You always want to win but the want is even stronger when you’re home,” said Team Principal Patrick Lindsey. “We definitely hoped and tried for a better finish but we’ll take eighth. Consistent finishes at the front of the field are good for points. The GTD field is really tough, there are a lot of great competitors out there. But we have such a talented group of guys I know we’ll be on the podium this year. They’re flawless at pit stops and Gary, John, Thomas they’re all hard workers.
“The important thing I guess would be that we were able to give back to Park Place Porsche. This is the one weekend we get a chance to do something for them. It’s always good to catch up with the staff there. They’re a busy group too, it’s good to give them a couple days of fun where they come out to the track and just enjoy.”
Before the Show:
The Circuit of the Americas played host to Round 4 of WeatherTech SportsCar Championship action. Park Place Motorsports quickly went to work on the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3R setup. Practice One was showing great promise as Lindsey delivered feedback from the cockpit. However, when Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister took over the car he quickly noticed something was wrong, a cracked shock tower. The part was easily fixed but the time it took for the shock tower to set meant sitting out Practice Two. Practice Three came the morning of qualifying day, the team rigorously worked on the No. 73 through that time to have it set for qualifying. The worked paid off with a fifth-place starting position earned by Lindsey.
Advanced Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown:
Race day the team received an early bump on the grid when the No. 15 Lexus was hit with a ride height penalty after going through tech inspection. Lindsey and Bergmeister would start fourth. After the green flag dropped mayhem ensued on track in the GT Le Mans field drawing out a caution near the start of the race. Lindsey used the early restart to his advantaged, taking over the third position. He held tightly to third place until passing off the No. 73 to Bergmeister. Bergmeister faced a tougher race than Lindsey, he quickly dropped back to ninth place. During Bergmeister’s fight, he made his way as high as seventh. As the clock wound down he was forced to settle with eighth.
The Passing of Holly Job:
Park Place Motorsports’ thoughts and prayers are with competitor and friend Alex Job of Alex Job Racing during this tough time. The passing of his beloved wife Holly came as a devastation to all who knew the Job family. Just by talking to Alex it was understood they were best friend, Alex and Holly were meant for each other. We know her spirit will be with Alex wherever he goes. We are deeply saddened and send prayers of healing and encouragement that she lives on in a better place.
On the Road Again:
Park Place Motorsports next competition is on the 2.35-mile course on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. The race weekend takes place June 2-3 and will broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 and streamed live on IMSA.tv. The two-day event coincides with the Verizon IndyCar series Duel in Detroit.
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