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Park Place Set for NAEC Campaign

Park Place Motorsports is preparing for an NAEC campaign this year…

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Park Place Motorsports is preparing for a Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup campaign this year with the possibility of adding more IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races, according to team principal/driver Patrick Lindsey.

Lindsey will be joined by Tim Pappas, Joerg Bergmeister, and Norbert Siedler for this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Pappas confirmed for at least the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Motul Petit Le Mans and Lindsey set for the full Patron Endurance Cup slate.

Driving primarily with Bergmeister, Lindsey claimed third in the GT Daytona standings last year in the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 R including a win at Lime Rock to go along with three additional podiums.

The Californian said the team is looking to run additional races but indicated that he is hoping to scale back his own driving duties as the team continues to grow.

“The plan right now is we’re set for the North American Endurance Cup,” Lindsey told Sportscar365. “We’re talking to some people about some other races.

“The plan is not that I will do any more outside of the North American Endurance Cup, maybe a one-off here or there, but we’re kind of entertaining some clients and utilizing the car and the team throughout the year.

“I’m excited for that. I’m just happy that we have a lot going on still for the crew. They’ve been with us for a long time so keeping them busy was really important this year.

“That’s why we’re seeking any kind of opportunity to have the car run.”

Lindsey said the grind of the IMSA calendar, coupled with the time constraints of running his own business, prompted his decision to reduce his driving commitments this year.

“To be honest, even the eleven race schedule, plus testing, this year is going to be a little busy,” he said.

“And I have a company that takes a lot of my time that’s in its infancy still, so it’s hands on. I’m there every second I can be to foster the growth of that. Racing detracts from success over there.

“Last year it was a big ask for me to do the 12 race season. My wife and I talked about it and just said: we’ can’t do that again. That was part of the reason for the cut back schedule.”

Lindsey Eyeing European Opportunities

Lindsey, who attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year for the first time as a guest of Porsche, indicated that he was actively pursuing a program outside of North America, with a landing spot in the FIA World Endurance Championship or European Le Mans Series.

“We’re looking at endurance racing overseas,” he said. “We’re talking with a Porsche team in Germany and things right now aren’t really clear because we’re looking at several options in terms of series.

“Some series are harder to get into than others so it depends on the series, it depends on entries.

“As soon as we have any news one way or another we’ll announce, but the idea was to leave myself open for opportunities across the pond.

“I think we have our sights set on something like ELMS or WEC, so that’s the goal.”

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. jason

    January 9, 2018 at 9:46 am

    If they can run more races hopefully the first ones they will look at can be the all GT races at VIR and Lime Rock. Those events should appeal to part time GT3 teams significantly.

  2. Bandit

    January 9, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Seems pretty clear he’s talking about Proton and running an ELMS or WEC car but it worries about entry caps

  3. Tim

    January 9, 2018 at 10:52 am

    He’s scaling back because he doesn’t have enough time for his own business but is perusing an overseas ride? Haha. Sounds great. Hope he finds a great team and can make that happen. Just seems like that wouldn’t free any time up like he’s planning

    • Next time, think then speak Tim

      January 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Or he sees the time benefit in paying for a team to manage and he just shows up? Do you know how involved he is in his team, I don’t but I’m guessing it’s more than here’s a check, thanks.

    • KW

      January 10, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Why not? The “overseas ride” could be a participation at Le Mans only, operated by Proton. This is not unusual for Proton, they did the same in 2016 by cooperating with Alex Job Racing for a third car with the lineup McNeil/Keen/Miller. A combined Proton/Park Place entry for Le Mans would be no big effort for Lindsey, he just needs to find the funding, which he probably already has when he skips the non-NAEC rounds. The lineup could be Lindsey/Bergmeister/Siedler, which is a solid thing for the GTE-Am class.

      • Tim

        January 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

        He stated ELMS or WEC. Could be 1 off races but I assume that means a full season.

        Thinking about it more. IMSA runs probably twice as many races as ELMS and WEC so it’s probably more feasible then I was thinking.

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