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Park Place Closing on New Porsche; Pumpelly Seeks New Ride

Park Place closing on a new Porsche for 2016, with a new lineup…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

While not at this week’s two-day test in November, Park Place Motorsports is reportedly closing on a new Porsche 911 GT3 R, per industry sources.

Team manager and co-driver Patrick Lindsey has been exploring the prospect of upgrading from the team’s Porsche 911 GT America to the new GT3-spec Porsche for at least a few months, and after conversations with other manufacturers as well, it’s believed he and the team are close to an announcement.

A team spokesperson did not have any plans to reveal at this time.

With Magnus Racing having shifted to Audi for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, Park Place is left as the one remaining Porsche GT Daytona team from 2015 yet to confirm its full 2016 plans.

However, Spencer Pumpelly, who won twice co-driving with Lindsey this year, including the Petit Le Mans season finale, will not return to the team next season.

Pumpelly told Sportscar365 he learned of the team’s pending decision late last week, and has arrived at Daytona International Speedway this week to search for any new opportunity. He won a career-high seven races this season, across IMSA, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge.

It leaves open the likelihood that a Porsche factory driver could be placed in the pro seat for next year.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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