Muelhner Motorsports America Porsche returns this weekend in the hands of Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Kyle Marcelli (Canada) and Brian Wong (Newport Beach, Calif.). Wong's best lap of 1:29.757 will see him leave the starting grid 12th in GT class
Four Porsche Customer Teams to Start in Sunday's Sports Car Festival
Monterey, Calif. Following two consecutive second-place finishes in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, Park Place Motorsports continued its strong performance with a fifth-place qualifying effort at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today.
The No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car led the way for four Porsche customer teams entered in tomorrow's two-hour, 45-minute GT race on the Monterey, Calif.-area track. The Continental Tire Sports Car Festival is scheduled to take the green flag at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Sunday, September 8 with live television coverage on FOX Sports 1.
Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.), who shares the No. 73 with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, Calif.), turned a lap of one-minute, 27.880 seconds around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn natural terrain road course to set the best Porsche lap of the 15-minute qualifying session. Lindsey's time was a narrow 0.351-seconds behind the pole position-winning lap of John Edwards in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Edwards' lap of 1:27.529 in the car he shares with Robin Liddell set the pace just ahead of the Marsh Racing Corvette of Boris Said and Eric Curran when Said lapped at 1:27.683.
"It was a pretty good qualifying session for us," said Lindsey after his run. "The top five were all stacked up unfortunately. We could have used a couple tenths. We had a good lap but we were having trouble getting drive [traction to accelerate] off of turn 11. The Park Place guys made great progress every session and we kept moving forward with the setup and I think we'll have a good car tomorrow for the race. We have a couple families from the Children's Tumor Foundation here with us and, with both Patrick [Long] and myself being California boys, we're going to be ultra-motivated tomorrow."
While the weekend for Park Place is squarely focused on earning its first GRAND-AM race victory, for Magnus Racing it is about championship points. The Utah-based team of Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.) and John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the team and driver championship standings for much of the season. Now, entering the penultimate round of the championship, they trail the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 by one point and lead the Stevenson operation by two. Potter secured the eighth starting spot with his lap of 1:29.013. The No. 63 Ferrari will start third.
After missing one race, the No. 18 Muelhner Motorsports America Porsche returned this weekend in the hands of Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Kyle Marcelli (Canada) and Brian Wong (Newport Beach, Calif.). Wong's best lap of 1:29.757 will see him leave the starting grid 12th in GT class.
The 15-minute session was punctuated by an extended black flag period when the No. 71 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry shared by Charles Espenlaub (Lutz, Fla.) and Charles Putman (Mills, Wyo.) ran into the gravel trap in turn six with approximately five minutes remaining. Because of the shortened session, Putman's best lap of 1:31.336 before the incident, will start the team 14th.
Qualifying Results - GT Class
1. No. 57, Edwards (USA), Chevrolet Camaro, 1:27.529
2. No. 31, Said (USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 1:27.628
3. No. 63, Keen (USA), Ferrari 458, 1:27.683
4. No. 61, Tagliani (CAN), Ferrari 458, 1:27.713
5. No. 73, Lindsey (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:27.880
6. No. 46, Carter (USA), Audi R8, 1:28.194
7. No. 03, Hedlund (USA), Ferrari 458, 1:28.867
8. No. 44, Potter (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:29.013
9. No. 94, Dalla Lana (CAN), BMW M3, 1:29.033
10. No. 66, Davis (USA), Aston Martin, 1:29.329
12. No. 18, Wong (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:29.757
14. No. 71, Putman (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:31.336
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