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.