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.