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Park Place Porsche to Miss Petit Le Mans

No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R ruled out of season finale due to Laguna Seca accident…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Park Place Motorsports will miss next weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans, as a spare Porsche 911 GT3 R chassis was not able to be sourced for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale.

A heavy crash by Patrick Lindsey in qualifying for last month’s round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca left the Texas-based squad in search for a spare GT3-spec Porsche chassis.

According to a team statement, there were “few economical options” with the decision having been made this week to sit out the ten-hour race.

Lindsey was due to share the car with Nick Boulle and Porsche factory driver Patrick Long.

It will mark the first WeatherTech Championship event the team has missed since the merger of the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am in 2014.

“Regrettably, one mistake held a large repercussion,” Lindsey said. “I hold responsibility for Pat and Nick, as well as the team, missing the Petit Le Mans which is a great event we’ve had success at in the past.

“Park Place had a really consistent season with top-five finishes and a podium at Detroit.

“We had a few setbacks out of our control, but we always continued the fight. I just want to thank everyone for the countless hours of hard work this season. We put together a big year.”

The team will focus its efforts at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on its Michelin Pilot Challenge entry for Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson.

“Switching gears, I am very excited to watch Alan and Trent finish out their season,” Lindsey said. “They and the VOLT crew took on two series, three championships and have done a spectacular job.

“I’m extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished this year and look forward to their finale.

“Park Place supported my decision to become a customer team, and I think we’ve executed that goal well.

“Of course, it has nothing to do with me; it’s all Mike Johnson and the crew. Hats off to them and I hope to see a strong finish.”

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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