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Brynjolfsson, Hindman Join Park Place in New Porsche GT4 Effort

Park Place Motorsports to field Volt-sponsored Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in Michelin Pilot Challenge…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Park Place Motorsports will expand into IMSA Michelin Pilot Sport competition next year, confirming a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport for Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman.

The effort, which will run under the Park Place Motorsports with VOLT Lightning banner, comes after the promotion of former VOLT Racing race strategist Mike Johnson to director of operations at Park Place.

Driving a Ford Mustang GT4, Brynjolfsson and Hindman finished eighth in the GS drivers’ championship this season with a win at Road America and two top-five finishes.

“This was a complex decision. I really liked and believed in the guys that ran VOLT Racing in 2018; I can’t say enough good things about them, especially my team manager Chris Vallee,” Brynjolfsson said.

“They did a great job getting us wins in both IMSA and PWC. The GT4 field is growing quickly, and we will probably see 30 cars in 2019.

“To fight for a championship, we needed a larger operation and the economies of scale of multiple cars.

“Park Place is a proven Porsche program in WeatherTech, we will be running two Porsches next year, so it was a natural fit. With Mike Johnson my Strategist moving to Park Place and taking the helm as Team Manager it made it a very attractive deal.”

Hindman, meanwhile, will enter his sixth season in the newly named Michelin Pilot Challenge, which takes over from Continental as the entitlement sponsor.

“Having the opportunity to work with Alan and VOLT Racing throughout 2018 and to be a part of his development behind the wheel once again is a very exciting prospect to me,” Hindman said.

“However, the potential of winning races and fighting for another GS championship is what motivates me the most. I feel that we have an excellent team behind us in Park Place Motorsports that will certainly help Alan and me achieve this goal.”

While the yet-to-be-launched Porsche GT4 will be a new experience for Brynjolfsson, Hindman drove the first-generation model in 2016-17.

“It was a phenomenal car, but I absolutely cannot wait to drive the 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4,” he said.

“By all indications, it’s going to be a very competitive platform for the GT4/GS category, and I have no doubts that our Cayman GT4, in the hands of Park Place, will be up towards the front for the entirety of 2019.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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