Third for Third

Park Place Motorsports’ third-place finish in the GT Daytona class at the 20th Annual Motul Petit Le Mans bumped the team to a third-place finish in the championship standings.
 
It suffered bumps and bruises but the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R survived the Motul Petit Le Mans to finish on the podium the third year in a row. The team won Petit Le Mans in 2015, finished second in 2016 and now adds a third-place finish to its resume at Road Atlanta. Though points are not finalized, the team is set to jump from fifth to third in the GTD Team Championship. 
 
Park Place Motorsports advanced nine positions to take the podium. Team Principal Patrick Lindsey qualified the No. 73 in the twelfth position. The qualifying effort was not as hoped, but it allowed the team to understand better what part of the car setup could be adjusted. Lindsey rightly deduced the issue with help from engineers, allowing the Park Place Motorsports crew to have the car in top form for race day.
 
“Qualifying definitely didn’t go as planned but we weren’t worried because so much can and did happen over a ten-hour race,” Lindsey said. “I’m really proud of what we were able to accomplish. We came back from getting knocked out at Daytona to a third-place championship finish. You always kind of wonder what if, but I’m happy with how the year turned out considering how tough it was at the start. We fought hard for this finish, as hard as we’ve fought all season.”
 
The 10-hour endurance race featured a dizzying number of yellow flags due to incidents and debris on the track. The No. 73 managed to escape the carnage and rough racing all but one occasion. During endurance driver Matt McMurry’sfirst stint the No. 911 GT Le Mans Porsche made contact with the right rear of the car. The contact pinned the right door shut but allowed the car to continue in the race.
 
“I’m excited for everyone to end the season together on podium,” McMurry said. “We had the one incident with the 911; people were fighting really hard out there. I jumped in for one last stint near the end that I don’t think was planned but I held onto third before passing the car off to Jörg. We came out on top I think. The team did a great job all season; it was fun driving with them again.”
 
The seemingly harmless damage during McMurry’s stint would cause drama later in the race for Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister. The crew was unable to refresh the driver water bottle or cool suit cooler due to the door being unable to open. The humidity, heat, and lack of hydration created left Bergmeister drained at the end of his two-hour stint. Porsche medical deemed him fit to drive another stint but not before rehydrating and cooling off. Bergmeister ended his race like always, in the driver’s seat of the No. 73.
 
“Third place is alright considering,” Bergmeister said. “It was so hot in the car; I got in during the hottest time of day. Without the cool suit and no water, it was just awful conditions. So, it was harder for me to push as hard as I wanted really. I think we did a good job, no big issues on our part. We ran a clean race. I’m very happy for the team, of course, it’s always better to end with a podium.”
 
Park Place Motorsports has not yet revealed its plans for the 2018 season. Porsche Motorsports North America has continued to pledge its support to the team as has sponsor Park Place Porsche of Dallas. The team is focused on a comeback to the GTD class in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Anything Can Happen

With one final race remaining Park Place Motorsports still has a third-place finish in sight for the GT Daytona points championship in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.

A third-place finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kept Park Place Motorsports at the top of the billing in points. The team is currently fifth overall, one point behind fourth place and 10 behind third. The team is aiming for a comeback after a podium drought earlier in the season had the team sitting ninth in the points championship.

Teammates Patrick Lindsey, Matt McMurry and Jörg Bergmeister will have their work cut out for them to overcome the 10-point deficit but the goal will be the same, to win. In their second year of competition together the trio earned two podium finishes and one win among many other top-10 finishes. All three achievements were made in the last five races of the season.

With momentum on Park Place Motorsports’ side, anything could happen at the 20th Annual Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

“We’re not just hoping we’re preparing for a good outcome at Petit,” Lindsey said. “It’s the last race of the season, and you want to end on a good note, but we also want to finish the season in the top tier of the GTD class. It would be a testament to what this team can accomplish. When you start off with a DNF at Daytona and fight back to finish in the top three, that’s a huge accomplishment. Ending on an endurance race presents challenges, but I think we can rise to the occasion and secure one more win. Other things have to go right too, but I know we’re capable.”

IMSA fans will be capable of winning at the track too with Dyson rejoining Park Place Motorsports as the title sponsor. Dyson last joined the team at Road America where fans took home free Park Place hats and a discount coupon for any Dyson product after taking the Dyson V8 Challenge at the Dyson display. Fans can stop by the display for a chance to meet Lindsey, McMurry and Bergmeister; they can even race against the drivers by taking the V8 Challenge.

Dyson recently announced it would be tied to the auto industry in another way, by entering the world of battery electric vehicles. This project began in 1990 when Dyson engineers initially began creating diesel exhaust capture system. Over a decade later, and many developments in battery and motor technology, they’re bringing all of their technologies together in a single product. The car is set to unveil in 2020.

“We certainly can’t say we’re green but we as a team we support innovation,” Lindsey said. “It’s great to see people concerned about air pollution working to fix the problem. I’m impressed with a lot of the technology we see in electric vehicles, and to have another company come into spur innovation will only bring good things. I’m excited to see what Dyson designs.”

The No. 73 Dyson Porsche 911 GT3 R graces Road Atlanta starting Thursday, Oct. 5, with a full day and night of practice. Qualifying takes place Friday, Oct. 6, with the GTD class kicking off the session at 4:20 p.m. ET. Saturday, Oct. 7, is race day. The 10-hour endurance race is set to begin at 11:05 a.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 11 a.m. Fans watching from home will need to turn to FOX Sports 2 at 11:30 a.m. to watch the remainder of the Motul Petit Le Mans.

Third Place Finish at Lindsey’s Home Track

Park Place Motorsports finished third at Team Principal and driver Patrick Lindsey's home race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Lindsey's teammate and Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister crossed the finish line third after coming back from a 11th place deficit. Bergmeister was running second before a full course caution came out and the team selected to pit.

During the pit stop, Stevenson Motorsports pitted ahead of the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, placed a tire behind the car to pull the No. 57 back. While doing so, they blocked Bergmeister into his pit box. Once the No. 57 exited its pit box, Bergmeister took off down pit lane to join the field in 11th.

A steady pace and swift maneuvering carried Bergmeister to the front of the field. However, it was fuel strategy that took him to third for the podium finish. The podium celebration was unexpected and warmly welcomed by Lindsey who was unsure the hour remaining after the pit stop would allow Bergmeister enough time to climb back through the GT Daytona field.

"I saw the Audi crew put the wheel down and knew that they would plan on pulling the car," Bergmeister said. "That's the only reason you would do that; there is no other advantage. It was unfortunate for us, but apparently, it did not matter in the end. We saved our fuels and tires for when it counted. All and all it was a good race."

Lindsey qualified the No. 73 third and passed off the car to Bergmeister from the third position. He fell back to fourth at the start of the race, steering clear of rough racing at the front of the field. That rough racing would turn race ending for the leaders.

Lindsey himself would again find himself wheel to wheel with the No. 15 Lexus, a reoccurring highlight this season. Wanting to keep the car intact Lindsey backed off from the No. 15. He regained position after contact removed the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing from the lead.

"It was an amazing comeback that I wasn't sure we had time to execute," Lindsey said. "Jörg did an amazing job out there. He made a move after move to get us in the right position to capitalize off others misfortune. I'm happy to finish on podium in front of a home crowd. We had friends and family at the race cheering us on, so it was great to celebrate with them here. It gives us good momentum going into Petit."

This is Park Place Motorsports third podium finish after a win at Lime Rock Park and a second-place finish at Road America. The team has only finished outside of the top 10 once this season. The team will remain fifth in the GTD points championship. Park Place Motorsports ends the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season in, Braselton, Georgia, for the 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Oct. 4-7.

Back Home Again

Park Place Motorsports is looking forward to another home race, the third this season.                                                   

Park Place Motorsports will take the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3R to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the penultimate race of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race is five hours north of Team Principal Patrick Lindsey’s home in Santa Barbara, California. The hometown advantage has proven to be useful to Park Place Motorsports.

Lindsey and teammate, Jörg Bergmeister finished fourth at the Bubba Burger Grand Prix in Long Beach, California and eighth at the team’s home track, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. However, the team’s first win didn’t come until they were outside of Lindsey’s former, New York, New York, home at Lime Rock Park.

The win at Lime Rock Park ignited a fire under the team that has been propelling it up the points championship ladder ever since. Park Place Motorsports currently sits fifth overall in the GT Daytona class, seven points behind fourth place and 14 points behind third. The team will have the final two races to make up the difference to finish in top three.

Luckily, Mazda Raceway has been kind to Park Place Motorsports in the past. The team won in 2015 and finished ninth the two years prior. Lindsey and Bergmeister will also have the advantage of going into the race weekend having recently tested. The No. 73 will arrive at Mazda Raceway hot off the Buttonwillow track from a Tuesday test session. The team hopes to have the car setup ready to go from the start of practice one.

Lindsey and Park Place Motorsports have done everything they can to prepare for the two hour and 40-minute race. The primary goal will be to please the home crowd.

“I enjoy Mazda Raceway because of the people and location,” Lindsey said. “Monterey is a gorgeous part of California. We are practically racing at a vacation destination. I also love to have my friends and family out to cheer on the team. My company Mira Vista Aviation will be hosting a few VIPs and people from our offices. It’ll be excited to have them, but it does add a little pressure.

“You want to be able to celebrate a win with them at the end of the weekend, but I consider the weight just added motivation to do well. I think we will have a good race weekend. The track has been good to us in the past. Going into the race weekend after testing will help. We should be up to speed when we get there. Hopefully, it’ll be a great weekend, and we can continue moving up in the points championship.”

Park Place Motorsports qualifies Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11:30 a.m. PT. The GTD class kicks off two hours of qualifying action with the Prototype and GT Le Mans classes joining this weekend. Fans can watch qualifying on IMSA.tv or listen in with IMSA Radio. America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca starts Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2:05 p.m. with coverage on FOX Sports 1 at 2 p.m. PT or 5 p.m. ET.

Rural America Spans Coast to Coast

Rural America spans coast to coast. Not New York City, not Los Angeles- rural America.

Therefore, it’s on the backroads, not the highways where America’s roots lay. Arguably, it is where things are done right, and the people are still authentic. Life is simple and so are the rights and wrongs.

That explains why a guy from Bakersfield, California can appreciate a town like Alton, Virginia. At a glance, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Bakersfield and Alton besides that both places represent rural America on its respective coastline. But these two cities are bonded by something thicker than blood- motor oil.

Bakersfield is best known for its contribution to the motorsport industry with greats like Kevin Harvick, the Mears family and Bruce Sarver all calling it home. Alton has VIRginia International Raceway respectively noted on the town’s list of attractions. But there is one special thing neither town has listed as a, “must see.”

Alton and Bakersfield are home to miles of smooth paved roads that often go unused from the late night to early morning hours. Miles of smooth, straight paved roads. The most exciting thing for any amateur racer or adrenaline junkie to come across.

Driver of the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, Patrick Lindsey got his start on the still roads of Bakersfield, California. When he comes to Alton for the IMSA Michelin GT Challenge, he’ll find himself driving down similar roads again, and a sense of nostalgia will overcome him.

Lindsey has loved cars since childhood thanks to a father with a healthy appreciation for American ingenuity. As soon as Lindsey turned 16, he was behind the wheel of his dad’s Chevy pickup driving everywhere he could. But Bakersfield didn’t offer many places to drive for the teenage crowd. So, he and his friends found a different way to fulfill their need for speed.

With a 454-big block, a homegrown nitrous kit and the exhaust cut-outs open, Lindsey lined up his Chevy pickup next to any and all takers. Sometimes for money, sometimes for glory but always for fun. Lindsey had a great advantage in his Chevy; competitors were unassuming of a pickup truck and a 16-year-old boy’s ability.

By this time, Lindsey had completed a Skip Barber Racing School segment. His parents enrolled him to give Lindsey more background in driving, hoping to make him a safer driver. Eventually, it did. But in 1998 it only gave him the confidence to begin his street racing career.

Lindsey graduated from his supped-up Chevy truck to a Camaro Z28 in 2001. The Camaro was the first car Lindsey ever took to a track event, a track day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Track days are noncompetition events that allow car lovers and amateur racers to hone their driving skills. For Lindsey, it was at the track where he began to gain interest in auto racing’s German roots. The Camaro was quickly traded for a 2001 Audi S4 Avant.

Lindsey would take the Audi from the back roads of Bakersfield and Buttonwillow to the streets of Los Angeles, California. It was his tried and true weapon of battle, and he took every opportunity to open the throttle and let it run. Every open road was a track to Lindsey. In 2003, his love for racing the vehicle freely would turn nearly fatal.

While driving his brother from Bakersfield to Santa Barbara, California, on Highway 33, a mountainous backroad, Lindsey got the itch to show off his car’s performance. As they took one of the many winding turns, the car understeered. The Audi and the brothers slid off the road and turbulently rolled down the mountain 150 feet before landing at the base. Lindsey and his brother crawled out of the back hatch.

Uninjured, the brothers climbed back to safety. Once back on the road Lindsey realized they had no cell service and were unable to call for help. He and his brother would walk 10-miles until they found a signal and were able to call a friend to pick them up. Lindsey’s friend rescued the brothers and took them on to Santa Barbara, leaving the totaled car behind.

After his accident, Lindsey kept his high-speed adventures to the track; his backcountry roads were no longer safe for his hobby. He purchased a new Audi S4 and made it his first road race car. He began competing in NASA club racing events and in 2006 he won his first championship. Lindsey started turning his hobby into a career.

Lindsey was an easy front runner in club racing and nearly outstayed his welcome. In his last years of club racing he withstood accusations of cheating and calls to have his equipment put through tech in duplicates before he took the next step up the racing ladder. Finally, in 2007, he was ready to take on a professional series. Lindsey joined Horton Autosport with a Mazda 6 Touring Car and began racing in Pirelli World Challenge series.

From 2007 to 2009 Lindsey built up his racecraft with Horton Autosport in the Mazda. He also helped build a relationship. In 2008, Lindsey’s sister Kielle Lindsey came to his race at VIRginia International Raceway. Over the weekend, his sister was introduced to John Horton, Lindsey’s engineer and team owner. Horton and Kielle Lindsey would marry one year later. Racing morphed from a career to a family business.

In 2010, Lindsey joined another racing family, Porsche Motorsport North America. This was Lindsey’s first year in a Porsche 911 GT3. He continued to reach for the top ranks of racing. In 2011, he would try his hand at the next level, GrandAm Rolex Sports Car series. The next year he was committed to growing in racing. Horton Autosport entered in GrandAm for a full season with Porsche.

In 2013, the full transformation would take place. Lindsey and Horton began a sponsorship with Park Place Porsche of Dallas and created Park Place Motorsports. With support from Park Place Porsche Lindsey also began receiving support from Porsche Motorsport North America. Lindsey was paired with top sports car drivers and Porsche Factory Drivers to help build his team and his racecraft. Porsche Factory Drivers he’s been privileged to learn from include Patrick Long, Kevin Estre and current co-driver Jörg Bergmeister.

Today, Park Place Motorsports, still headed by Lindsey and Horton, head to VIRginia International Raceway for yet another battle. The team sits sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona points. It took home its third win in the IMSA series this year with a race win at Lime Rock Park. The team’s two previous wins came in 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Virginia provides the next opportunity for Lindsey to let loose and speed down a smooth, paved road. Lindsey’s adrenaline will rush as he puts his helmet on, surrounded by professional drivers and a team of engineers in his ear. He will drive around the 3.27-mile track in the small town of Alton, and he will feel nostalgic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Forgettable Weekend at VIR

Park Place Motorsports finished 10th at VIRginia International Raceway after two unscheduled pit stops slowed the team’s pace.

The No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3.R encountered two issues with the left, rear tire during the race. The issue first arose during Practice One but despite Park Place Motorsports’ effort to counteract the wear issues the team was unable avoid tire problems come race day. The race saw multiple teams suffer from tire difficulties during the two hour and 40-minute race.

Team Principal Patrick Lindsey was ready to fight to the front from the his 11th place starting position after a rough qualifying challenge. After the green flag Lindsey gained ground, working his way up to eighth. His successful drive to the front was cut short after an issue with the gas pedal slowed Lindsey down. The issue resolved itself and Lindsey finished his stint eighth as the first wave of pit stops began.

“What a frustrating weekend,” Lindsey said. “Qualifying didn’t go the way we planned, we thought we could have started in the top five. We felt hopeful for the race thinking we’d be able to make up lost ground. That just wasn’t the case today. The car and crew were great. The race was not.”

Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister entered the race eighth after taking over for Lindsey. It was during Bergmeister’s stint that both tire issues occurred. After the first unscheduled pit stop Bergmeister took over the 11th position. He remained in 11th until the No. 15 Lexus retired early due to a hard hit to the wall. Bergmeister would pull off an amazing fuel conservation effort to finish the race 10th in the GT Daytona class.

“I was hopeful when we started the race,” Bergmeister said. “I was not happy having to give up position due to tires. I think there was a bigger issue at hand there, but I won’t point fingers now. We had a good car, but we didn’t get a chance to show it. A forgettable weekend overall.”

Park Place Motorsports has yet to finish outside of the top 10 this season. The team came into this weekend off a podium streak that included a second-place finish at Road America after a win at Lime Rock Park. Consistent finishes placed Park Place Motorsports sixth in the GTD points championship before its weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.

Park Place Motorsports heads back to Lindsey’s home for the next IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California hosts the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix weekend. The No. 73 will compete in America’s Tire 250, a two hour and 40-minute race on the 2.238-mile track. It represents the penultimate race of the 2017 season.

It Takes Two

To make a thing go right at Lime Rock Park.

Park Place Motorsports took home its first win of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season in the Northeast Grand Prix. Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister took the checkered flag in the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R after leading nearly an hour of the two hour and 40-minute race. This is Bergmeister’s seventh win at Lime Rock Park; he’s competed in nine events total at the Connecticut track.

“I’m very happy with this win,” Bergmeister said. “It just feels like it’s about time. After going a year and a half without a win, you start to doubt yourself. I think this was good for Porsche and good for Park Place Motorsports. Porsche took home wins in both possible categories. It was a tough race. Brian was right behind me the entire time, and Patrick Long was right behind him. I tried to save my tires for the end of the race, so I could really push. I think it paid off.”

Today's win is Team Principal Patrick Lindsey’s best finish at Lime Rock Park. Previously, Lindsey’s best result was a sixth-place finish in 2015. This is also Lindsey’s first win with Bergmeister under the Park Place Motorsports tent. The duo earned two GT Daytona podium finishes in 2016 at Detroit Belle Isle and Road America. Park Place Motorsports last win was at the 2015 Petit Le Mans.

It was a long road to the winner’s circle. After starting fifth, Lindsey drove up to the third position and held his ground. Lindsey fought hard to keep a pair of Lexus’ behind him. As Lindsey approached lap traffic, the No. 15 and No. 14 passed him. As the No. 14 made his pass contact was made with the front right of the No. 73. The fender liner and bumper caved in causing a large amount of smoke as Lindsey drove down the front straight.

“That was an exciting start,” Lindsey said. “I was happy to gain a few positions at the start. We were fighting to keep the two Lexus’ behind us. I got caught in lap traffic and wasn’t able to hold them off. When one of the cars went around me, we made contact. With all the smoke I was worried, we were going to have to pit early. We were so close to our pit window, all I wanted was to make it to the end of my stint. Luckily, those Continental Tires held their pressure, and I made it back. Thrilled to have won. Jörg and the team all did an amazing job this weekend. Start to finish.”

Tire pressures remained intact, and Lindsey finished out his stint. The team repaired the car during the driver change, but the damage did add five seconds to the pit stop time. Bergmeister entered the race in 15th and began climbing the field. He reached third before Lead Engineer John Horton made the call for the final pit stop. Horton hoped the early pit would put Bergmeister out-front as other teams continued to cycle through final pit stops.

“The incident at the start did alter the strategy a little, but we had enough pace in the car to still fight in the end,” Horton said. “We let Jörg know what would happen at the end, so he had to manage his tires, still be quick, but manage his tires. Strategy is a constant evolvement through every race. Our initial intent was to be the first to pit, and that’s exactly what we did.”

Park Place Motorsports’ next race is Road America for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Sunday, August 6. All four classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be at the 4-mile track. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. Check imsa.com for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GTD-P: Park Place Take Top Honors for GTD Porsche's

Park Place Motorsports took top honors for Porsche in the GT Daytona class with a ninth-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Round 7 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R had perhaps its most level race of the season starting and finishing ninth. Park Place survived rain, incidence, and error to keep its consistent top-10 finish streak alive and well. Team Principal Patrick Lindsey and Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister held steady pace throughout the two hour and 40-minute sprint. Bergmeister ran nearly a 1:18 flat as the team's best lap.

The No. 73 was brought home unscathed, and a track like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park that is a victory on its own. While Lindsey ran a clean race without weather or contact repercussion; Bergmeister's race was entirely different.

Clouds rolled in as Bergmeister rolled down pit lane to enter the race. The rain held off for nearly 50 minutes of green racing. However, once the rain began to fall a full course caution due to an incident came out almost immediately. A passing Prototype collected a GT Le Mans Corvette, throwing into a tire barrier. The rain continued to fall under the yellow; the team debated on staying out or changing to rain tires. 

Bergmeister made the call to come in for rain tires as a portion of the track was under a deluge. Once he rejoined the race, the rain slowly came to a stop, making the course more dangerous. The track was drying quickly after the short rain making it difficult to tell which portion of the track was wet or dry. Bergmeister was forced to pit again for slicks.

Bergmeister entered the race 11th in the GTD class. He made his way back through the field of cars. Bergmeister made it up to ninth as the rain began to fall again. His progress for position would come to a halt shortly after due to a prototype that slid off course and landed upside down. The Mobil 1 SportsCar Championship ended under yellow.

"You never want to finish a race under yellow, but I think we did as best we could," Lindsey said. "Jörg maybe had one more position in him. The end of a race can always get a little out of hand because people get excited but the rain today made things a bit more interesting. Everyone made different calls on what tires to run at the end.

"We had an extra pit stop because the rain didn't last and we went with rain tires. If the second shower had come sooner, we would have been in a good position. We fought as hard as we could out there, we gave it everything we had each lap. But, another top 10-finish in the books, and we were on top of the GTD Porsches so we can be happy about that."

Park Place Motorsports' next event is at Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix. The two hour and 40-minute race will feature GT cars only on the 1.50-mile track. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2. Check imsa.com for schedule details.

Star Spangled Six Hours

Park Place Motorsports hopes to have more than one reason to celebrate Independence Day as it turns its attention to Watkins Glen, New York for Round 6 of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship action.

Watkins Glen International has a long history of supporting the United States military and its veterans so it seems only natural The Glen would host an IMSA race weekend to pump fans up for Fourth of July festivities.

Prior to race action, Watkins Glen International will host its annual Sahlen’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Friday, June 30. Saturday, July 1 the track will treat fans to breakfast in the infield and later that night the track will light up the sky with a spectacular firework show. Then comes the big show, Sunday, July 3 the green flag will drop at 10:10 a.m. ET for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

The Six Hours of The Glen is the third and penultimate race in the four-race Tequila Patròn North American Endurance Championship. Park Place Motorsports will welcome back Matt McMurry, fresh off a run at the 24-hours of Le Mans. Team Principal Patrick Lindsey and Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister are also set to continue their hunt for the team’s first podium of the season.

Park Place Motorsports has finished in the top 10 of the GT Daytona class at every race since the ill-fated run at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The No. 73 911 GTR most recently settled for a ninth-place finish in Detroit, Michigan on the streets of Belle Isle where the team last raced. The team sits 10th in the GTD points championship, a single point behind ninth and 11 points back from fifth. With the GTD battle so close in the margin, every finish counts.

“We’re really hurting for a podium or a win. It would be an encouraging outcome for the whole team to finally see the car finish up front,” Lindsey said. “It’s difficult because you know all the guys work so hard and really give it their best and are throwing everything at the car they can. Top 10 finishes are great but I think we all believe we’re better than that. From the crew to the drivers, this team has a lot of talent. Hopefully we can prove that, to get a solid finish at The Glen would be phenomenal and needed.”

The weekend at Watkins Glen starts with practice Friday, June 30 from 11:05 a.m. to noon ET and again Saturday, July 1 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Qualifying will take place later that same day from 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. and kicks off with the GTD class. The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen begins 10:10 a.m. Sunday, July 2 and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 until 1 p.m. ET when the program is moved to FOX Sports 2. For a detailed schedule visit imsa.com.