Park Place Makes Comeback for Ninth Place Finish

 Park Place Motorsports finished ninth after overcoming a two-lap deficit at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advanced Auto Parts.
 
Park Place Motorsports spent the majority of the 12-hour race chasing GT Daytona leaders. Fast laps, strategy and impeccable restarts after cautions kept the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R in action. The team reeled in positions slowly over the course of the race to take ninth place.
 
Tire pressure miscalculations at the start gave qualifying driver Tim Pappas a rough two-hour ride. Pappas held on to the Porsche as he tried to find pace, but adjustments came after his stint. Park Place Motorsports' strategist Mike Johnson called for Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister to diagnose the issue.
 
Bergmeister deduced tire pressure changes along with other small adjustments to setup would cure his Porsche. Those changes were made over a rotation of pit stops. Once Bergmeister steadied the No. 73 he handed the car off to Team Principal and driver Patrick Lindsey to resume the original strategy.
 
Lindsey took over for Bergmeister during the high heat of the day. He and Bergmeister both battled high in-car temperatures throughout the race. The combination of weather and the rough terrain of Sebring International Racewaymade for a challenging race. However, Bergmeister and Lindsey ran lap times similar to the leader.
 
Typical of Sebring, the as the track cooled off; the racing heated up. In the last six hours of the race, there were six yellow flags, 11 in total. None of the incidences inducing full course cautions were linked to Park Place Motorsports, but the team did benefit from the restarts and pass arounds. Throughout the slow and go format Lindsey, and Bergmeister chiseled away at the competition.
 
"Not our favorite spot to finish but we'll take it," Lindsey said. "It's a heck of an improvement from Daytona. We moved up nine positions if we keep improving at this rate our next race should be a win.

"The guys did a great job today; the track changed a lot over the weekend. We had some really cool temperatures in practice and today was the hottest day we've seen here, so there were a lot of variables in this race. I thought everyone handled it really well. Jörg did what Bergmeister's do by finishing this race strong and gave us our Top 10 finish."
 
Of course, there is always next year. In this case, it’s this season for Lindsey and Bergmeister who are competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. Next March 17 WEC will share the stage with IMSA at Sebring International Raceway for its own twelve hours of Sebring race.  
 
“This is by far the track I’m looking most forward to on the WEC schedule,” Lindsey said. “It’s the one track I feel we will have the most experience. Maybe we didn’t win here today, but we know all the bumps of Sebring and I’m hoping that will give us a leg up on the competition. I see the synergy between Park Place Motorsports and Project 1 coming to a peak here next year. I’m really looking forward to it. Ideally, we would have the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, GT3 R and the RSR all running in one weekend.”
 
The next race for the No. 73 Park Place Porsche is the third round of the Tequila Patròn North American Endurance Championship at Watkins Glen International. Park Place Motorsports has selected to do a year of endurance races by combining the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance races with the Super Season.
 
Lindsey and Bergmeister take on Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the first round of WEC May 5 with Project 1. Meanwhile, Park Place Motorsports, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama contender David Kolkmann will be racing Mid-Ohio for Round 5 and 6 of GT3 Cup action.