DALLAS (Jan. 23, 2018) - Nuisance.
Park Place Motorsports Team Principal Patrick Lindsey is refusing to let past frustration set in so early, so he's ignoring any form of an outlook for the start of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Park Place Motorsports has proved many times that it's a championship contending team, it finished third in the GT Daytona class last year. It's also has a full stack of evidence that Daytona International Speedway is as much about luck as it is skill.
No one at Park Place Motorsports has under a decade of experience in racing, crew nor driver. Judged by talent and accolades alone this is arguably the team's most impressive staff and driver combination. However, Lindsey isn't forming any outlook, good or bad, for the 56th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona.
He's merely going to work.
"I always believe our team is one of the best out there," Lindsey said. "We prove that, and it’s part of why people can't ever count us out of the championship. We're always in the fight. But I have to admit Daytona has always eluded us for one reason or another. We're in the same position as always; we have a great car, crew and driver lineup. This year, I'm refusing to think good or bad about our chances. I'm just putting my head down and racing."
Dear Racing Gods
Park Place Motorsports wants to hit this one out of the park, rather than being hit out of the park itself. In 2017, Park Place looked to be a top contender to win the class. While running in the top three, all hopes were dashed due to a race-ending incident. Before its hopeful 2017 run, Park Place proved they could be fast on the 3.56-mile circuit by winning pole in the GTD class in 2016. Speed aside, Park Place Motorsports' best finish came in 2014 with a 13th-place finish. Nevertheless, Park Place Motorsports can have high hopes once again with a driver lineup stacked with experience.
This driver lineup isn't one to overlook. Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister returns to the team for his third season. Bergmeister has won the Rolex 24 At Daytona three times, including one overall win in 2003. Tim Pappas is set to race the Tequila Patròn North American Endurance Championship with Park Place. Pappas has found his success at Daytona with his team Black Swan Racing. As recent as 2016, he finished second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona competing in a Porsche. Norbert Siedler joins the team for his third season. He hopes to add Rolex 24 At Daytona winner to his list of accolades which include the 2016 pole grab. Team Principal Lindsey completes the lineup. Lindsey's endurance accolades include a win at Petit Le Mans in 2015 followed by two consecutive podium finishes at Road Atlanta.
The Think Tank
Over the offseason, Park Place Motorsports made a few personnel changes to the timing stand. Mike Johnson will be the team's strategist for 2018, a needed aid and potentially missing piece to last year's puzzle. Richard Selwin will act as Chief Engineer. Selwin comes all the way from the United Kingdom where he focuses on Porsche Carrera Cup with German team, Project 1. New mechanics have been brought on board, though their experience level makes them anything but new to endurance racing.
Let's Light This Candle
All the details on when to watch and how.
Qualifying: 4:45 p.m. ET Thursday, January 25
Green Flag: 2:40 p.m. Saturday, January 27
Checkered Flag: 2:40 p.m. Sunday, January 28
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. ET FOX
5 p.m. - 10 p.m. FOX Sports 2
11 p.m. - 1 a.m. FOX Sports 1
1 a.m. - 8 a.m. FOX Sports GO
8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. FOX Sports 1
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. FOX Sports GO
1 p.m. - 3p.m. FOX Sports 1
Lights, Camera, #Famous
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