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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 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.