Due to participating in a shortened 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule Park Place Motorsports is not in contention for a class championship as was the case in 2017. Making the goal of the upcoming Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Featuring America’s Tire 250 to be a competition upset in the GT Daytona class.
Winning is the only outcome Park Place Motorsports is interested in at the newly renamed WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Between Park Place Motorsports history at Laguna Seca, finishing second in 2015 and 2017, and current pace the team is confident and capable of a good show. However, the sole reason for participating in the two hour and 40-minute sprint race is not just to win.
Team Principal Patrick Lindsey claims WeatherTech Raceway as his home track. Monterey, California is four hours north of his home in Santa Barbara, California though initially, he hails from Bakersfield, California a town with a long connection to racing. The addition of family and friends nearby and comfort of being on the same time zone make Lindsey feel right at home in Monterey.
“Monterey will always be a ‘home’ race for us because it is the closest to family and our roots,” Lindsey said. “I’m not sure exactly why the race has yielded such strong results for us in the past, maybe it is because we are so relaxed from all the nearby food and wine by the time the race rolls around. Maybe we have some kind of competitive advantage after running there for so many years.
“Either way it’s the race we most look forward to and one we would definitely not want to miss if at all possible. So, we will meet up again with the WeatherTech Championship in my home state and see if we can’t upset some of our competitors who were hoping to win next weekend.”
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca hosts the penultimate race for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, but the track acts as Lindsey and Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister grand finale in IMSA for 2018. The duo will miss the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta due to a schedule conflict with their World Endurance Championship race at Fuji Speedway. Tim Pappas, Wolf Henzler and Spencer Pumpelly will wheel the No. 73 Park Place Porsche GT3 R in Atlanta.
Source. Park Place Motorsports