Daytona Beach, FL — Nick Boulle and team survived error and flood to finish in seventh position at this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. Despite epic floods and quickly changing conditions, the team recovered in order to record its highest place finish in the twice-around-the-clock classic since its inception.
Team Principal, Patrick Lindsey, started the race and quickly set about moving up several places as he ran well within the top 10 for the first hour of the race. The car was then handed over to Boulle and later Porsche Young Professional, Matt Campbell, and Porsche Factory Driver, Patrick Long, for their first stints of the grueling endurance race. “This race is so competitive from the moment you get in for your first stint,” Boulle said. “The first time I got in the car it was immediately a sprint.”
Endurance Driver Boulle’s second stint in the car would be double-stint – referring to a two-hour run with two stops for fuel and tires rather than a single hour run in the car before a driver change. During this run from roughly 9PM to 11PM, the team saw Boulle take the lead of the race before eventually pitting to hand the car over to Campbell in second place. “When I got back in for my second stint, I was faced with class traffic as well as trying to maintain the lead. The car had great pace and the crew did a clean job in the pits. We’ve got a really great foundation to build on moving forward.”
Adversity struck for the first time here as the right rear wheel became dislodged as Campbell exited pit lane which led to the #73 Porsche GT3R losing several laps on the leaders. As the race continued, through strategy and pace the team of drivers and crew recovered to get the car back on the lead lap by the time the sun was coming up on Sunday morning! Boulle, Lindsey, Campbell and Long all felt positive as the race wound down despite red flags and uncharacteristically heavy rain.
Long and Campbell, spent the majority of their time in the car searching for any sign of grip on the track in the final hours of the race. A combination of oil and water sent multiple competitors off track, into walls and each other. Long barely escaped a multicar pileup, maneuvering the #73 through turns 10 and 11. Campbell steered clear of any on-track drama and made his way to the front of the field.
Boulle and Lindsey handled a majority of the driving Saturday and Saturday night. The race compiled 18 full-course cautions in total, nine of which Lindsey and Boulle endured over the course of their stint. Both drivers kept the #73 de Boulle Porsche clean and turning consistent lap times while fighting to earn laps back.
With two hours remaining and hours of hard work by the drivers and a sleepless night for the crew, the #73 Park Place Motorsports de Boulle Porsche 911 GT3R was leading the pack around the Daytona Road Course. As the rain began to fall more heavily, the team opted to in hopes of coming out ahead as the race wound down and go for the top step of the podium. However, just as the pit sequence began a red flag was thrown due to the flooded conditions of the race track. After waiting for two hours on an update from the officials on, it was determined that the 57th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona would finish under red.
“It obviously is heartbreaking to pit from the lead and lose out on winning the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, but it’s a big year and we just need to focus forward now.”
Boulles next race is at Sebring International Raceway for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advanced Auto Parts. “I’m looking forward to the 12 Hours of Sebring and seeing what we can do,” said Boulle. The weekend is part of a Super Sebring weekend featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship. Lindsey will race in both the traditional 12-hour race Saturday, March 16, and the FIA 1,000 miles of Sebring Friday, March 15, with Project 1, both supported by Park Place Motorsports.
DRIVER QUOTES AFTER THE ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA
“This race is all about timing and being in the right place at the right time,” Campbell said. “Some things didn’t go our way like the pit stop and the wheel problem, but we were able to make it back. We had really great car speed which really showed at the end of the race in the wet conditions.”
“It was really unfortunate that we ended under red and weren’t able to push for a win but at the end of the day we still were able to finish the race and gain points for the team. Everything went well, we didn’t damage the car and stayed on track but it’s rough to think about what could have been.”
“Timing is everything in motorsport and today it didn’t fall our way,” Long said. “The team executed a perfect race and in the end the stoppage of rain bit us, but we’re not the only ones who feel that way. We need to be happy that we got good points and had a good start to the season. I know from experience that you have to put consistent points on the board at the start of the year. I’m grateful to our partners who are here and cheering us on. We will push on to Sebring with our heads held high.”
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, Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano 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 Javier’s Gourmet MexicanoA Dallas staple, Javier’s has been serving the finest in Continental Mexico City Cuisine since 1977 and continues to draw guests from around the world.
About Circle Y Holdings
About Blue Lion Capital