Park Place Motorsports has confirmed it will join Porsche’s roster of teams for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, joining Alex Job Racing and Black Swan Racing.
The announcement was one of several during Saturday’s Porsche Night of Champions event in Weissach.
The confirmation that Park Place will take on a new Porsche 911 GT3 R follows months of speculation, but still featured strong hints that the longtime Porsche squad would continue in a similar direction after its two-year run with the Porsche 911 GT America.
Team manager Patrick Lindsey will continue behind the wheel as expected. While not confirming the full-season lineup, Porsche factory ace Joerg Bergmeister is the first driver set to join Lindsey in the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The team won twice in 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta, as Lindsey co-drove with Spencer Pumpelly. Madison Snow also drove for the No. 73 entry at Road Atlanta but did not get to race due to the heavy rain and off-sequence strategy.
With Pumpelly now exploring his options for 2016 and Snow having been confirmed at Paul Miller Racing with its new Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Park Place has become a landing spot for at least one of Porsche’s glut of factory drivers, as the manufacturer is moving some of its puzzle pieces around next season.
The GT Daytona field continues to grow with this announcement, to at least 14 full-time confirmed entries with the potential of more if Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup entrants extend beyond the opening race or two.