Zach Robichon will join Park Place Motorsports for next weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle, in an effort to keep his WeatherTech Sprint Cup title bid alive.
The reigning Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama champion will team with full-season Park Place driver Patrick Long in its No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R for the 100-minute sprint race.
Robichon’s full-season GT Daytona team, Pfaff Motorsports, has elected not to take part in the Detroit race as it does not count towards IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points, but rather Sprint Cup only.
His participation will thus keep him in the title race for the new-for-2019 Cup, which features in seven WeatherTech Championship races.
“The team has done a great job this season, and hopefully I can help continue their success and aid them in their bid for the championship,” Robichon said.
“It will be my first time teaming up with Pat Long, and that alone will be a great opportunity for me.
“I first met him a couple of years ago at the Porsche Young Driver Academy and learned a lot that time around, so I’m sure that will continue this weekend.”
Porsche factory driver Long currently sits fourth in the Sprint Cup title race, with Robichon 12th in the standings following the season-opening round at Mid-Ohio earlier this month.
Robichon takes the place of Park Place’s regular driver Patrick Lindsey, who will forgo Detroit to put his full focus on the Le Mans Test Day.
His Park Place sponsored-team, Project 1, currently leads the GTE-Am championship as it heads into the final race of the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’.
Marco Seefried subbed for Lindsey at Mid-Ohio due to the event’s clash with the Spa WEC round.