The hat dance. It’s a term commonly used in racing in regards to the many sponsor hats drivers pose in for podium pictures. But the term could also be used in regards to Patrick Lindsey’s life. Depending on the day, Lindsey could be doing one of the four positions he currently holds. He is the owner of Mira Vista Aviation a jet management and charter company located in Los Angeles, California. Lindsey also moonlights as a Gulfstream IV pilot when time permits or duty calls. Outside of the private travel business Lindsey is the Team Principal to Park Place Motorsports, he also happens to be one of the full season drivers for the team.
Splitting his time between the racing and aviation world could have most heads spinning but not Lindsey. When the helmet goes on this laid back gentleman known for his big heart and cool demeanor becomes a competitive force to be reckoned with and he has one goal in mind - victory for Park Place Motorsports. After making his professional racing debut in 2007 with Horton Autosport in the elite World Challenge series, Lindsey has proven time and time again that his talent can place him on podium any given day. Below is a timeline of Lindsey's race career and accomplishments.
2017: Currently, Lindsey and Bergmeister are in their second season together in the IMSA WeatherTech SprortsCar Championship series. For event details and broadcast schedule visit sportscarchampionship.imsa.com.
2016: Porsche Motorsports North America rewarded Park Place Motorsports and Lindsey’s long dedication to Porsche and efforts on track. The reward was Porsche Factory Driver and Le Mans winner Jörg Bergmeister of Germany. Lindsey’s determination and talent had Porsche looking at a very viable customer team. The pairing was sure to bring success and aid in Lindsey’s continued development in his No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R. The duo went on to podium three times in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
2015: Lindsey brought in the help of Spencer Pumpelly for the 2015 season of IMSA TUDOR SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patròn North American Endurance Championship. The two shared great success over the season with wins at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road America for Petit Le Mans. The team finished fifth in the overall Team Points Championship and sixth in the Endurance Championship. Lindsey’s success caught the attention of Porsche Motorsports North America.
2014: With the merging of the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am Rolex GT series NASCAR created a four class sports car power house in North America, IMSA TUDOR SportsCar Championship. Lindsey entered his No. 73 Porsche 911 GT America into the GT Daytona class amongst 29 other teams. They also competed in the new Tequlia Patròn North American Endurance Championship, a four race endurance championship including the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, Sahlens Six Hours of The Glen and Petit Le Mans. Lindsey and teammate Kevin Estre, now a factory driver for Porsche finished fiftieth overall in the GTD points championship.
2013: Lindsey ran a full season in the Grand Am Rolex GT series with co-driver Patrick Long. Lindsey and Long scored multiple top five finishes and three, second place finishes during the season. It was a successful debut season for the newly formed Park Place Motorsports team, finishing fifth in the GT Points Championship. The team even traveled abroad for select starts in the ultra-competitive Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, scoring points with a 17th place finish in the first race at Hockenheim.
2012: Ran 10 races in the Grand Am Rolex GT series with co driver Eric Foss. While always at the top of the timesheets in the Horton Autosport Porsche, the team could never capitalize on the speed and was relegated to just two top ten finishes. Made two starts in a return to the Hawk Performance Corvette in the Pirelli World Challenge GT series.
2011 – Ran a full season in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring series in the #12 Hawk Performance Corvette fielded by CRP. Helped team owner and crew chief Nick Short develop the #12 which was a brand new car at the beginning of the season. Finished a high of 2nd among several top five finishes. Became a strong contender in the second half of the season as the development of the Hawk Corvette started to pay dividends on the track. Helped fellow SCCA Pro drivers with race craft and setup. Attended various vintage events and helped fellow drivers with setup and driver coaching. Also made first start in the Grand Am Rolex GT series with the Traxxas Porsche GT3 fielded by Horton Autosport with co-driver Eric Foss. Qualified the car in 11th place and recorded a 13th place finish. Received excellent feedback from sponsors and fellow competitors for our great results despite a lack of testing prior to the event.
2010 - Made 9 starts in the World Challenge Grand Touring series in the Truspeed/Horton Autosport/ Sloan Securities Porsche GT3 Cup Car. Standing on the podium twice and finishing in the top five 7 times. Worked with Horton Autosport to develop the Porsche GT3 to better work with the Toyo tires on which we have to run in the World Challenge series. Attended various club events and helped amatuer drivers fine tune their skills. Helped fellow Porsche drivers at PCA events at Mid Ohio and VIR.
2009 – Ran 7 races in NASA’s American Iron series resulting in 2 wins and four podiums. Ran a Mustang in the American Iron National Championship race, pacing the field during qualifying and leading by a substantial margin before a wiring gremlin resulted in a 7th place finish. Made 4 starts in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car series, resulting in two top five finishes (highest of 3rd), two top ten’s and additionally received the “Autoweek move of the race” at the season finale. Helped fellow NASA competitors progress with setup and driver coaching.
2008 – Ran a full season in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car series resulting in one top ten finish, a highest qualifying result of 2nd and earning two hole shot awards and one hard charger award.
2007 – Raced a Mustang in NASA’s American Iron Series, scoring 5 wins and 1 second place in 8 races. Ran various time trial events. Made professional racing debut in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car series, driving the Horton Motorsport Mazda6 qualifying 18th and finishing 12th.
2006 – Raced a Mustang in NASA’s American Iron series, scoring one win in five races. Set several track records in Time Trial. Drove a Pro7 MAZDA RX7 in two races, finishing 3rd and 2nd. Won a Time Trial “A” and Performance Touring “A” National Championship in the Audi S4 as well as finishing 2nd in the American Iron Extreme Championship (in a lesser-prepared American Iron car). Drove the Audi S4 in the Superstreet/Eurotuner time attack, resulting in a top ten finish overall.
2005 – Obtained first competition license. Campaigned a 2001 Audi S4 for a full season in NASA’s Time Trial series, scoring many wins and track records. Despite changing classes after the season had already started, the result was a 3rd place finish in the ’05 championship. Drove the Audi S4 in the Superstreet/Eurotuner time attack, finishing 11th overall and 4th in the unlimited AWD class; was the highest placing Audi, over the factory team.
2003 – Developed a Penske damper package for the Audi (B5) S4 platform; later partnering with Startup Racing to bring the kit to market in a street and track form. Also developed various other suspension pieces for the same platform. Participated in the 2003 Open Track Challenge.
1998-2003 – Ran various cars in NASA’s HPDE program, developing car control skills and driving craft that would build a foundation for a racing career. Also formed the Pepperdine car club in 2001 and coached members in the classroom and on the track. 1998 – Participated in Skip Barber’s racing school (three months after receiving a driver’s license) at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and was immediately bitten by the racing bug.