BOULLE & PARK PLACE MOTORSPORTS OVERCOME MECHANICAL ISSUES TO FINISH 6TH PLACE IN SEBRING 12 HOURS
SEBRING, Fla. (March 19, 2019) –
The trio of drivers behind the wheel for Park Place Motorsports in the #73 Porsche GT3R , Nick Boulle, Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey, persevered alongside the hard-working engineers and mechanics finish 6th in the GT Daytona class at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
The Park Place Motorsports team prepared hard for the daunting 2019 Advanced Auto Parts 12 Hours of Sebring. The legendary endurance classic marks the second-most prestigious race in North America behind the ROLEX 24 Hours and is the second round of IMSA’s Michelin Endurance Cup (IMEC).
Boulle was chosen to qualify the car, but the effort was hampered after issues popped up in Practice 4 that could not be resolved in time for the qualifying session that took place only 30 minutes after the session. The car would start in 13th position.
Round Two of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship presented many issues for the #73 de Boulle Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R. The team faced twelve hours of unknown mechanical gremlins causing misfires in the engine and a diminished fuel load capacity that led to multiple additional pit stops. Despite this, Michelin Endurance Cup driver Boulle, Porsche Factory Driver Long and Team Principal Lindsey ignored the odds and delivered their unscathed Porsche to the finish line.
Heavy rain and treacherous conditions resulted in the race running under caution flags. After some time, the field was given the green flag to begin and since Boulle had qualified, he took the green flag for the team. Boulle took the car from 12th position to 5th prior to pitting and handing the car over to Long.
As Long took over, issues struck the #73 Porsche GT3R. Director of Race Operations, Mike Johnson, worked with Porsche Motorsports engineers digging through live engine and car data from the telemetry with Long giving feedback to diagnose a misfire issue. Eventually, the team realized nothing could be done while on track, so the decision was made to continue to the end and hope for the best.
Lindsey, who finished third in Friday’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring at midnight in the FIA World Endurance Championship, drove a majority of his stint under green. Though the mechanical issue never dissolved, it did subside slightly allowing the car to remain within the top 10. The Park Place Motorsports drivers spent the majority of their race within the top of the field, only dropping out of it upon pit cycles due to their shortened fuel loads.
With 1 hour remaining, the team realized caution was needed to bunch the field and allow the trio of drivers to make up some positions. With Long in the car for the finish, a car went off course and stalled in the grass bringing out a full course caution.
After the caution was cleared, the race would go green for a fight to the finish over the last 7 minutes of the race. All of the cars in the field stacked up to take the restart and Long defied the odds to move the car from 8th position to 6th position thanks to an outstanding restart.
Patrick Lindsey, Team Principal and driver No. 73 de Boulle Porsche “This was the longest Sebring weekend and the toughest Sebring weekend I’ve ever had,” Lindsey said. “At the same time, this was also one of the most rewarding. We don’t typically have the best finishes at Sebring. I think sixth is one of our highest finishes. That’s a testament to all the hard work this team is putting into our program. They’ve all taken ownership of their work and this team. We succeed and fail together. Right now, it feels like we’re only succeeding. We really pushed through some trials today and survived another wet race.”
Mike Johnson, Director of Race Operations “I’m very pleased with our overall Florida result,” Johnson said. “We’re walking away from the thirty-six hours of Sebring with a sixth and a seventh and no damage to the car. Considering it’s a brand-new car and a lot of new people on the team we’re really happy. We expected today to go almost exactly how it did. We knew that we would likely struggle during the middle of the day but would have a good car at night. “Unfortunately, we were bitten by an engine misfire through the first half of the race that miraculously fixed itself. More notably we were able to pit every twenty-seventh lap until around the seven-hour mark when something happened within our fuel cell that decreased this time to twenty-four laps. This caused us issues at the end because we had to take one more pit stop than our competitors which shuffled us to the back. We were lucky with a last-minute yellow which allowed Pat (Long) to battle up to sixth. All in all, the team is happy, and we’ve gained good points.” Nick
Boulle, Driver No. 73 de Boulle Porsche “This was my first time driving in the 12 Hours of Sebring, so it was very special to me,” Boulle said. “I was disappointed with my qualifying result, but thankfully we were able to resolve the issues with the car before the race. Even in the rain, I could feel how much better the car was. I’m pretty confident in the wet, and we were able to gain a few positions at the start of the race, so that was exciting. My second stint was in the dry, and it was the best I felt in the car all weekend. The car was so drivable. The car was rewarding to drive, and you could trust it. I’m excited for the rest of the season and seeing what more we can do with the car.”
Patrick Long, Driver No. 73 de Boulle Porsche “I was pleased with the balance of the car for the entire race,” Long said. “We unloaded really strong this weekend and went up from there. Unfortunately, we had a few unforeseen challenges in the race that meant we were offset with our strategy and had to take an extra stop at the end. This caused us to fall to the tail end of the lead lap, so I had to battle through the field after that restart with seven minutes remaining. We were able to pass a few cars and battle up to sixth. It’s ironic how racing is, somedays a sixth-place feels like a podium and tonight that was the case. I’m really proud of the Park Place Motorsport guys for sticking with it even when it didn’t look promising. They worked nonstop for twelve hours and never gave up.”
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SEBRING RACING HISTORY
Sebring is one of the oldest continuously operating race circuits in the U.S. with its first race being run in 1950. The Sebring 12 Hour is one of the World’s most prestigious classic endurance races. The raceway occupies a portion of Sebring Regional Airport, an active airport for private and commercial traffic that was originally built as Hendricks Army Airfield, a World War II training base for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Hendricks Army Airfield was previously a training base for B-17 pilots in operation from 1941 to 1946. After the war, aeronautical engineer Alec Ulmann was seeking sites for converting military aircraft to civilian use when he discovered potential in Hendricks’ runways to stage a sports car endurance race similar to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This year, de Boulle Motorsports has partnered with several prominent companies including: Concepta Labs, Circle Y Holdings, McFadden & Miller, Meridian Veterinary Capital, Blue Lion Capital, and de Boulle.
About de Boulle Motorsports / de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
de Boulle Motorsports is a living and moving illustration of the passion for excellence that de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry has for both jewelry & timepieces. de Boulle was established in 1983 by Denis and Karen Boulle, de Boulle has assembled an unrivaled collection of diamonds, fine jewelry and timepieces unsurpassed for its elegance and depth in selection. de Boulle has served thousands of discerning customers and built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent independently-owned jewelers in the United States. The Boulle’s have taken a continued interest in the community and currently supports a list of charitable causes. de Boulle is located in Dallas at 6821 Preston Rd. and in Houston’s River Oaks District at 4444 Westheimer Rd. For more information, visit deBoulle.com
About Concepta Labs
Concepta Labs is a clinical laboratory housed in a state-of-the-art testing facility in Dallas, Texas. We are focused on delivering best-in-class blood testing services to a national audience of healthcare professionals through a collaborative blend of applied science and innovative technologies in the fields of blood chemistry, immunology, hematology and pathology.
About McFadden & Miller
The McFadden & Miller Story now spans seven decades of construction excellence. Founded in 1946, McFadden & Miller, Ltd. began life shortly after World War II through a partnership with a young Trammel Crow, making it the oldest and most experienced GC in the region. Today McFadden & Miller retains its position as a premier design/builder in the DFW area. The structural designs McFadden & Miller implemented many years ago were so unique to the industry that years later the McFadden & Miller “brand” is recognized and favored as an asset to any real estate portfolio. Mark Jacobson now serves as President of McFadden & Miller, with Jon Jacobson performing as Vice-President. Most “general” contractors broker every phase of construction to the lowest bidder, but McFadden & Miller actually self-performs such functions as engineering, mass grading and concrete work. This ability as well as their unique method of de-centralized project management, relying on the expertise of field managers to run projects, allows for economies, control and quality unmatched by other GC’s. McFadden & Miller began with a philosophy of treating its clients with fairness, honesty, and consideration, and always delivering the best possible product at a reasonable price. Sixty million square feet of industrial, office and retail product later McFadden & Miller is still embracing those ethics.
About Meridian Veterinary Capital
MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets is a 24-hour emergency, critical care and specialty animal hospital. MedVet is employee owned & veterinary led and is leading specialty healthcare provider for pets. MedVet provides specialty referral services, as well as emergency services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More than 100,000 dogs and cats are treated annually at MedVet’s expanding network of medical centers across the country. Meridian is a real estate investment, management and development company based in Dallas, Texas. Working with an established network of financial partners, architects and construction management professionals, Meridian’s mission is to create value for its investors by acquiring, developing and investing in real estate and real estate related assets. Meridian is primarily focused on senior housing and healthcare related investments. Meridian has acquired or developed projects in many areas of the United States including Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Washington, California, Alabama, Virginia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
About Circle Y Holdings
Circle Y Holdings is a Texas fund focused on oil & gas and real estate development.
About Blue Lion Capital
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