The perseverance within Park Place Motorsports team led the team to the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East title, according to its director of race operations Mike Johnson.
Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson, who placed third in the drivers’ title race, gave the Texas-based operation the teams’ title following an overall victory in the class-ending round at Road America in their VOLT Lighting-sponsored Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
It came after a turbulent season that saw five class wins and one additional podium over the course of the ten-round regional championship, which ran as part of the nationwide SprintX season.
Hindman and Brynjolfsson started the year by winning both season-opening races at Circuit of The Americas, including overall honors in Race 2.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park brought “confusion and frustration” according to the team after a contested pit lane penalty, which ultimately took away an overall win due to a cameraman standing on the team’s air hose.
Brynjolfsson and Hindman then took back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen, while an incident in Race 1 at Road America led to a late night for the crew to repair the Porsche for the season finale, which they won.
“They didn’t make it easy on us this year that’s for sure,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of frustrating times but we persevered.
“Alan and Trent drove really well, they make a great team. Our crew was always on top of it and gave them a fast car to compete with at every track. I’m happy to have won the team championship for Alan and Park Place Motorsports.”
Team principal Patrick Lindsey said he’s “really happy” for everyone who worked on the program this year.
“I know it gave them a lot of headaches but they never gave up,” he said. “The championship is a great prize ahead of Vegas. Alan has a few more championships to still get after and I’m excited to watch those play out.”
While the GT4 Sprint Am title has already gone to Drew Staveley, Brynjolfsson will be looking to consolidate his second place in the class standings at Las Vegas, while also set to again pull double duty in the SprintX races, competing in the GT4 West division for the first time alongside Hindman.
Brynjolfsson took over the lead of the Porsche Cup standings following his success at Road America, a title he has been chasing this year.