Hindman took over a clean Porsche from Brynjolfsson with light rain falling over the 2.4-mile, 13 turn course. After an impeccable pit stop by the crew Hindman exited pit lane fifth in the GS class under caution. Under yellow, the cars holding the second and third position pitted advancing Hindman up to third. As the field went back to green racing the cars holding first and second position pitted and relinquished the lead to Hindman, he never looked back.
Hindman held on to the lead for nearly 30 laps and kept the competition behind him after two restarts. He set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap. His lap time of 1:27.518 is one second faster than last year’s fastest lap of the race, tipping the hat to the series new tire partner Michelin Tires. Having won on Star Wars Day it is safe to say, the fourth was strong with Hindman.
The rainy Mid-Ohio 120 saw multiple yellow flags from cars sliding off the track and sinking into the mud. However, Brynjolfsson stayed laser focused and managed to dodge all the trouble and drive a steady race from start to stint finish. He began the race from 11th and picked up a position almost immediately. Brynjolfsson ran 10th for a majority of his stint; he dropped back for only four laps during a caution due to a lengthy pit stop. This is his second win in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and Park Place Motorsports first.
Mike Johnson, Director of Race Operations at Park Place Motorsports
“After a rough weekend in Virginia it’s great to come out on top a week later in the IMSA series,” Johnson said. “Winning in Pilot Challenge is very difficult and to get a win in our third weekend as a relatively new team and car is outstanding. Alan did his job keeping the car in the top 10 for over an hour, then Trent showed why he is the best driver in the series running the fastest laps in very difficult conditions.”
“The plan all along was to run Alan long in that first stint,” Hindman said. “With the changing weather conditions, we were planning on a decent amount of yellows and everyone being on different strategies. Everyone jumped when they saw the rain coming up on the radar, but we stayed patient and analyzed the situation a bit further which ultimately got us into victory lane.
Hopefully, we’re going to build on this for the rest of the year and bring home a couple of more wins.”
“Luckily the drizzle was lightening up by the end of the race. I was just trying to stay vigilant of where the grip was on track. Two laps prior I was running a full rain line on dry tires but was able to switch to a full dry line for my fast lap. I was trying to stay in communication with the team to find what the weather was doing and then ultimately deciding where to take the risks to find time.”
“This was a classic, ‘everything went right,’ win,” Brynjolfsson said. “This really was a full team win that showed we have what it takes to be competitive in IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge. We had a great strategy from Mike Johnson as well as the car being set up beautifully. We stayed on slicks seeing that there was rain all around us on the radar with one small clear spot. If the radar had shifted, it would have gone against us, but thankfully it worked in our favor. I feel total confidence in Trent; I always know he’s the man. I know he can always do the job if he has the right tools like he did today.”
The next race for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series and the No. 7 Volt Lighting Porsche Cayman Clubsport MR is June 27 to June 30 at Watkins Glen International. The Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at The Glen is a four-hour endurance race, the second endurance race of the season.
Source. Park Place Motorsports