Canadian driver Zach Robichon earned the Motul Pole Award in the GT Daytona class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear with Park Place Motorsports.
Robichon’s lap time of 1:29.735 will stand as the pole-winning lap time after passing tech inspection. Today’s pole win is Park Place Motorsports and Robichon’s first pole of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Robichon is Park Place Motorsports fourth driver to qualify the No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R in four rounds of GTD competition. Starting at the head of the grid is a drastic change from the last race. The team began the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge from the back of the field and finished fourth.
The Motul Pole Award made the perfect last-minute birthday gift for Robichon who turned 27 today. As the qualifying driver, Robichon will start the Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear before passing the No. 73 off to Porsche Works Driver Patrick Long. The duo represents the lone Porsche in the IMSA field this weekend.
“It was a hard fight, so I think this was well deserved,” Robichon said. “We had the pace all through practice. It feels great to get the pole, my first in this series. I’m really happy to be able to come into this team; they’ve welcomed me really well, and reward them with their first pole of the season too. I think it will be a great race tomorrow. Hopefully, we can keep it out front.”
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