Park Place Motorsports showed they mean the business at the Circuit of the Americas, as the new team saw two of its three entries finish in the top six.
The highest finisher for the team was the #73 car of Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey, despite Long having to serve a sixty-second stop and hold penalty for an incident Lindsey caused, which the officials deemed avoidable. The penalty dropped Long back to fourteenth, but he clawed his way back, moving from 12th to 4th in the final 25 minutes of the race.
“We have a lot more potential to crack open and that has me really passionate and excited because I think that’s what motorsports is all about is to grow with an organization like this.” said Long. “There’s a certain motivation when you go to the Porsche Platz in the morning and there are 350 people there cheering for you. It’s a great opportunity to fly the flag and get the word out about what Park Place Motorsports is all about and what they want to do to help people buy and tune their first road car all the way to racing in the Rolex Series, and driver education and the Porsche Club of America and all that. So it’s very satisfying to put all those Porsches up there at the front here today.”
Mike Vess drove a steady opening stint in the #72 car before handing over to Mike Skeen for the second half of the race. Skeen drove a very strong stint, holding a podium position in the latter stages of the race, before competitors with newer tyres finally made their way past, dropping him to sixth.
“I’m over the moon.” said Vess “I looked at the leaderboard and the group of drivers, the guys we’re competing against and running with, I mean it was fantastic. The car was so spot on. The car just kept telling you, ‘Hey, I got more, I got more.’ My role was to try to get us in clean and on the lead lap and then Mike Skeen just did a great job.”
“That was definitely a tough race.” added Skeen. “Not a usual one where it’s a battle all the way through. We got down a lap early on but we got it right back on a pit stop. It was a great call to leave us out for strategy. And then I was told we could make the fuel number if I conserve, so I was short-shifting everywhere, coasting on the brakes trying to save fuel. I don’t know what was harder, that or the run to the end for the checkered flag.”
Finally, the #71 car of John McCutchen II, Chuck Hole and Jason Hart – all Texans – ended the race in 12th.