Park Place Motorsports finished third at Team Principal and driver Patrick Lindsey's home race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Lindsey's teammate and Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister crossed the finish line third after coming back from a 11th place deficit. Bergmeister was running second before a full course caution came out and the team selected to pit.
During the pit stop, Stevenson Motorsports pitted ahead of the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, placed a tire behind the car to pull the No. 57 back. While doing so, they blocked Bergmeister into his pit box. Once the No. 57 exited its pit box, Bergmeister took off down pit lane to join the field in 11th.
A steady pace and swift maneuvering carried Bergmeister to the front of the field. However, it was fuel strategy that took him to third for the podium finish. The podium celebration was unexpected and warmly welcomed by Lindsey who was unsure the hour remaining after the pit stop would allow Bergmeister enough time to climb back through the GT Daytona field.
"I saw the Audi crew put the wheel down and knew that they would plan on pulling the car," Bergmeister said. "That's the only reason you would do that; there is no other advantage. It was unfortunate for us, but apparently, it did not matter in the end. We saved our fuels and tires for when it counted. All and all it was a good race."
Lindsey qualified the No. 73 third and passed off the car to Bergmeister from the third position. He fell back to fourth at the start of the race, steering clear of rough racing at the front of the field. That rough racing would turn race ending for the leaders.
Lindsey himself would again find himself wheel to wheel with the No. 15 Lexus, a reoccurring highlight this season. Wanting to keep the car intact Lindsey backed off from the No. 15. He regained position after contact removed the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing from the lead.
"It was an amazing comeback that I wasn't sure we had time to execute," Lindsey said. "Jörg did an amazing job out there. He made a move after move to get us in the right position to capitalize off others misfortune. I'm happy to finish on podium in front of a home crowd. We had friends and family at the race cheering us on, so it was great to celebrate with them here. It gives us good momentum going into Petit."
This is Park Place Motorsports third podium finish after a win at Lime Rock Park and a second-place finish at Road America. The team has only finished outside of the top 10 once this season. The team will remain fifth in the GTD points championship. Park Place Motorsports ends the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season in, Braselton, Georgia, for the 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta Oct. 4-7.