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.