Park Place Finalizing Porsche GTD Effort for 2014

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

After a promising season in the Rolex Sports Car Series, Park Place Motorsports is set to continue into the Tudor United SportsCar Championship next year in the GT Daytona class.

Sportscar365 has learned the Texas-based squad is finalizing a planned two-car program with Porsche’s new 911 GT America, which would see team principal Patrick Lindsey share the wheel with a to-be-determined co-driver in one of the new GTD contenders.

Lindsey and co-driver Patrick Long teamed for three podium finishes in the competitive Rolex Series GT class this year, but it’s expected the Porsche factory driver will be part of the newly announced works GT Le Mans program next year.

“For the 73 car, it will be the same crew, for the most part,” Lindsey told Sportscar365. “I’ll probably be losing my co-driver to the [Porsche factory program]. I’m super excited for Pat because that’s where he belongs. I’m probably going to be looking for a co-driver. We’ll see how that shakes out. That’s a big question mark right now. A lot of good guys are getting snatched up for deals next year.

“We’re trying to sort it out, but first and foremost, we’ve got to get the funds, we got to get the cars and figure out the rules package and get prepared. There’s a November test. We may or may not have a car to go test then. Then we’d have to schedule private test days.”

With the GTD class moving to a Pro-Am driver ranking system, Lindsey, a Wall Street trader by day, is hopeful the class will gain even more strength for 2014 under the new structure.

Grid sizes, however, could be an issue, particularly in the opening rounds at Daytona and Sebring. But Lindsey said he’s been given assurances from IMSA that established full-season entrants will take priority.

“The good news is that they’re going to honor the teams that have been in the series,” he said. “That’s a good thing because those existing teams are in the catbird’s seat. One, we’re going to be able to get cars for next year and we’ll probably have two entries for Daytona, in what could only be a 15-car GT Daytona field.

“That’s one thing that’s a little encouraging. It puts the entries at a little higher esteem. You better be one of the programs that’s been around and established in the series, otherwise you won’t even have the option to run… It’s going to be a really, really deep field in terms of the level of talent.”

5 Comments

  1. Rick Johnson

    September 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    So the IMSA is trying yet again to limit the size of the GTD class. First they introduce an idiotic Pro/Am rule to restrict the drivers any GTD team can run and now it looks as if they are going to limit the size of the GTD field. Is IMSA so scared that the GTLM field will look empty compared to what could be very large GTD fields? Are they allowing manufactures run the series? If so then lets prepare for the next break away series to start up very soon. Why does IMSA have so much dislike for the grassroots US sportscar teams?

    • Anthony Thomas

      September 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      I agree Rick they are trying to limited the growth and competitiveness of GT-D, by protecting “interested party” Porsche. Allowing them to reboot its Cup that is nowhere near what a FIA GT3 car is and at least one team with a FIA GT3 car has committed to the Pirelli World Challenge OVER bringing that car to USCC next year.

      I don’t think GTLM will look empty, in-fact, I think we’ll see some growth in that class as well, especially at the North American Endurance Championship rounds.

      Otherwise the only possible loss from this season is Paul Miller Racing and we have no idea what is going to happen with the Grand Am Ferrari teams for example, since only one of them has a true Pro-Am line up.

      I also agree that allowing Porsche build a non-GT3 car and two teams confirming they will run this cars next season is favoritism to a manufacturer over smaller teams, not just in the US.

      There are plenty of FIA GT3 cars available used that could be purchased, refreshed and shipped from Europe for less than a brand new car.

      Its too early to start talk of a break away season, tho many are unhappy about LMP1 going away.

    • Bakkster

      September 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      I don’t think of it as introducing a brand new Pro-Am, rather continuing the rule from GTC. Or, along with the GT3 cars, continuity there. I’m betting many of the Grand Am teams will stay elligible with their current drivers, so many are customer programs or driver by their owners.

      I wouldn’t expect a breakaway series, if someone wants to get out of GTD they’ll likely just head to World Challenge. So long as they don’t have a Prep 2 car I bet SCCA even lets them run it in the series.

  2. Hedgey

    September 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    “You better be one of the programs that’s been around and established in the series, otherwise you won’t even have the option to run…”

    Wait, what?

    • Bakkster

      September 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Seems to be referring purely to NAEC entries. If a dozen more cars than will fit onto pit lane show up to Daytona, the current teams will be ensured pit space, while the one-off entries will be potentially turned away.

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