May 2, 2015
Tudor United SportsCar Championship, GTLM Round 4 of 10, Monterey, California
Tudor United SportsCar Championship, GTD Round 3 of 10, Monterey, California
Monterey, California, May 2, 2015. Park Place Motorsports earned its first career TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class pole position today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS). Driver and team principal Patrick Lindsey of nearby Santa Barbara, California, secured the quickest lap in the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT America with a time of one-minute, 27.040-seconds. Quickest Porsche in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class for Sunday's Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix was the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR driven by Patrick Pilet. The Frenchman is fourth on the class grid.
Porsche 911 RSR
Three Porsche 911 RSRs will challenge for GTLM honors in the tomorrow's two-hour, 40-minute TUDOR race on the 2.238-miles/11-turn road course. Pilet's time of 1:22.708 was a narrow three-tenths of a second off the pole-winning lap of 1:22.362 of Dirk Werner (Germany) in the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE. Michael Christensen (Denmark) qualified the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR sixth in class with a time of 1:22.788. Christensen will be doing double-duty in tomorrow's race. The Dane will start the No. 912 he qualified before handing over the ride to Jörg Bergmeister (Germany). Christensen will then take over the No. 911 that Pilet will start. The second-year Porsche factory driver has done this once before driving both the factory cars at Virginia International Raceway last year after an injury to Richard Lietz (Austria) in a practice accident.
The customer Porsche 911 RSR of Team Falken Tire was eighth in class with factory driver Wolf Henzer (Germany) driving to a time of 1:23.274. Henzler and longtime driving partner Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Georgia) have finished in the top-five the last two seasons here on the Monterey Peninsula.
Porsche 911 GT America
Park Place Motorsports, the racing arm of the largest Porsche dealer in Texas, reached a significant milestone today when driver/team principal Patrick Lindsey earned his and the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT America its first TUDOR Championship pole position. Lindsey will race the car with Atlanta, Georgia's Spencer Pumpelly.
The No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America of John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Andy Lally (Dacula, Georgia) qualified fifth with a time of 1:28.319. The No. 23 Team Seattle Alex Job Racing Porsche of Ian James (Phoenix, Arizona) and Mario Farnbacher (Germany) lapped at 1:28.885 with James behind the wheel. Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois) drove the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche he shares with Leh Keen (Atlanta) to eighth in class with a time of 1:29.685.
Sunday's race will take the green flag at 1:05 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)/ 4:05 p.m. EDT. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast The Monterey Grand Prix live on May 3. IMSA.com will provide audio and live timing and scoring of the event as well as in-car camera streaming from the Nos. 911 and 912 Porsche North America and No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSRs. IMSA also has an updated App at which this information can also be viewed on all smartphones.
Patrick Pilet, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: "The car was good but I never got a really good lap. I think we have to make some adjustments for the race tomorrow but we are not far from the pace of the others. It is a good start to the weekend."
Michael Christensen, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR: "Qualifying was different than any other session we have run this weekend. I think we can be happy with what we have done so far and we are prepared for the race."
Patrick Lindsey, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America: "The track was a little slippery so it took a little finesse. I think we had the best car. The Porsche in the hands of John Horton and the Park Place crew was phenomenal. Spencer and I both said we'd never had a car this good here at Laguna. This is a very difficult track but the No. 73 Porsche has something the others don't this weekend. We were very lucky to unload fast. It looks like we have a good car for the race tomorrow. To be starting from pole for me, at my home track, is very special."
GT Le Mans Qualifying Results
1. No. 25 BMW Z4 GTE, Dirk Werner (Germany), 1:22.362
2. No. 24 BMW Z4 GTE, Lucas Luhr (Germany), 1:22.610
3. No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia, Pierre Kaffer (Germany), 1:22:610
4. No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, Patrick Pilet (France), 1:22.708
6. No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, Michael Christensen (Denmark), 1:22.788
8. No. 17 Porsche 911 RSR, Wolf Henzler (Germany), 1:23.274
GT Daytona Qualifying Results
1. No. 73 Porsche 911 GT America, Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 1:27.040
2. No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT, Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan), 1:28.021
3. No. 48 Audi R8 LMS, 1:28.031
4. No. 33 Dodge Viper SRT, Ben Keating (Port Lavaca, Texas), 1:28.267
5. No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America, John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1:28.319
7. No. 22 Porsche 911 GT America, Ian James (Phoenix, Ariz.), 1:28.885
9. No. 23 Porsche 911 GT America, Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois), 1:29.685
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