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.