DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2018) – Park Place Motorsports willed and wheeled the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R around Daytona International Speedway for an eighteenth-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Park Place Motorsports finished the 24 hour-race after dealing with brake issues and damage sustained to the driver’s door from debris which caused the team to go back to the garages two separate times. The team was the highest finishing Porsche of the three in the GT Daytona class. Park Place Motorsports’ was pleased to finish this year with points and at the scheduled end time.
“I said I wouldn’t get hopeful, but I did and maybe this is what I get for being hopeful,” Lindsey said. “In all actuality the team was great, the guys did a great job as always. Tim, Jörg and Norbert drove the best they could considering the car. We just didn’t have it this race. We fought with the brakes a majority of the time and then had debris hit the door which cost us a of time in the garage. It was a freak accident, the debris hit the door just right so that we couldn’t open it. One day, things will go our way here but yesterday was not that day.”
A sour history loomed over the weekend ineffectively affecting the crew’s outlook all while repeating itself in present time. Park Place Motorsports has a history of promising performances ruined by various circumstances. They’ve suffered race-ending contact, mechanicals, driver error and contact while avoiding contact. This year was no different.
In qualifying the No. 73 picked up a screw on the out lap, effectively ending the qualifying session. Per the IMSA rulebook, teams are not allowed to touch the car once the qualifying session has begun. In previous years teams were unable to make changes to the car.
Park Place fought rear braking issues from the start of the race until the team took the car behind the wall to fix the door. Continued braking issues caused Jörg Bergmeister to go off in the Horseshoe. It was during the same stint when a piece of debris hit the driver’s side door, jamming it shut. The team took two hours removing and replacing the door. The initial fix didn’t hold tight as the door was ill-fitting. Porsche Motorsports North America was able to supply a door to replace the original replacement.
The team re-entered the race in the 19 position after its second visit to the garage. Bergmeister gained one position with two hours remaining. The next in class was 40 laps ahead making his final job to stay clean. The highest position the team held was 10th during Norbert Siedler’s early morning stint. Only the top five in the GTD class were on the same lap as the class leader and winner.
The next race for the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche is Sebring International Raceway March 14-17. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring takes place March 17 in Sebring, Florida. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO. For schedule details visit imsa.com or for tickets visit sebringraceway.com.