Porsche Takes Pole Position in Customer Service Index Study

Porsche has made its mark in the luxury automotive space for decades with thrilling motorsports offerings. As the German automotive brand builds towards the future, their client focus has been recognized by a leader in customer satisfaction behavior.

The J.D. Power 2019 Customer Service Index (CSI) Study ranked Porsche in the top spot among American luxury brands. This is the first time Porsche has been finished number 1 in these rankings following their second place finish just a year ago. Porsche also finished first place among luxury brands in the J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI).

“This great result is yet another well-deserved recognition of our 191 U.S. dealer partners, who continue to raise the bar for Porsche customer experience,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA). “We are committed to making the ownership experience as exciting and enjoyable as the driving experience. Together with our dealers, we are working hand in hand to accomplish that every day.”

J.D. Power’s CSI Study measures customer satisfaction for vehicles 1-to 3-year-old vehicles. The satisfaction metrics are based upon service for maintenance or repair work among owners and lessees from September to December 2018. In all, 57,000 respondents provided feedback throughout the industry.

Porsche saw an increase in all areas in comparison to 2018: Service Facility, Service Advisor, Service Initiation, Service Quality, and Vehicle Pick-Up. The increase in these six areas added a 19 point improvement for a grand total of 893 out of a possible 1000 points.


If you would like to enjoy a great Porsche service experience, visit Park Place Porsche and Porsche Grapevine, or contact 855-371-6345 to schedule an appointment.

 

Park Place Racing Places 6th at Sebring Twelve Hour

Despite a seasoned Sebring race team with both Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey tracking multiple runs at this raceway,  the course provided some uncharacteristic challenges during the Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.  This was the fifth year for Patrick Lindsey, 16 show at Sebring for Patrick Long, and Nick Boulle’s debut  at Sebring’s Twelve Hour.


Round Two of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship presented many issues for the No. 73 de Boulle Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. The team faced twelve hours of unknown mechanical gremlins causing misfires in the engine and smaller fuel load capacities. However, endurance driver Nick Boulle, Porsche Factory Driver Patrick Long and Team Principal Patrick Lindsey bested the odds and delivered an unscathed Porsche and a sixth-place finish. 

Prior to the race, the team’s drivers gave fans and track rats alike insights into their minds as Sebring approached. The Patrick’s of Park Place Racing gave us a couple different perspectives, priming fans for not just the race technique,  but the historical significance behind Sebring Raceway.

“I love the history; the bumps have a lot of stories to tell but in its roots as World War II Airbase where they trained men and women who went overseas,” comments Lindsey, “For us, it’s a long time racing here. It’s my 7th year at IMSA and it’s our 5th year at Sebring in the twelve hour.” 

Patrick Long, a well-known Porsche Factory driver and 16 time veteran at Sebring, shared his objectives for day to night race: “Survive the bumps,  survive the heat, and be there at the end.” 

Mechanical Issues: Still A Top 10 Finish

Lindsey, who finished third in Friday’s 1,000 of Sebring with the FIA World Endurance Championship, drove a majority of his Sebring Twelve Hours under green. Though the mechanical issue never fully dissolved, it did subside aiding in his ability to also keep the car 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. 
 
The finale of the race brought the only other sense of fracas. With 15 minutes remaining a car went off course bringing out a long-desired caution. Having previously pitted for service, all teams were ready for a fight to the finish after being packed up for a restart. With seven minutes outstanding, the field received the green. Long defied all statistic measures making the jump from eighth to sixth where he would defend until the finish. 

Final Thoughts

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.”

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 those issues 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.”


Next Up: Follow the series to Long Beach, California for Round Three of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship April 12-13. Round Four reunites all four IMSA classes at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course May 3-5. The event features a two hour and 40-minute sprint race and kicks off the GTD Sprint Championship. For a detailed schedule visit http://imsa.com.  

Park Place Motorsports: Bringing Porsche Track Performance To You

Blending Luxury Cars and High-Performance Experiences for a Partnership that Just Makes Sense.

Park Place Motorsports is the arm of Park Place Porsche and Porsche Grapevine that embodies the racing spirit and pedigree built by the Porsche brand.  In 2013, Park Place teamed up with Porsche Motorsports as the official sponsor of a Porsche Motorsports team led by Team Principal, Patrick Lindsey. 

As one of DFW’s leading automotive dealers of both the luxury vehicles and high-performance experiences, putting the Park Place name on the track was and still is a natural extension of the Park Place brand.

So, What Is Park Place Motorsports Exactly?

Park Place Motorsports is a professional Porsche race team which not only focuses on professional track performance, but focuses on building a client racing program through driver advancement and trackside support initiatives. So really, a major part of this partnership is to not just to provide you, our clients and Park Place followers, with a team to cheer on during FIA or IMSA events, but also with specific ways to enhance your ownership experiences with professional track expertise and support. 

The Race Roster frequently sees updates and changes depending on the challenge ahead, but three consistent faces of Park Place Motorsports include team Principal Patrick Lindsey at the helm, with Patrick Long, an icon in the Porsche space, and Nick Boulle, a Texas resident and prominent member of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. 

The partnership between Park Place Dealerships began more than 5 years ago. It’s been a successful past year with multiple podium worthy track weekends and the opening of Park Place’s second Porsche dealership in Grapevine. To top off track success and dealership growth, the Park Place racing team relocated this past year to Dallas after opening a new shop just down the street from Park Place Porsche Dallas.

Porsche Artistry and Intelligent Performance

Park Place Motorsports and Park Place Porsche mirror the utter artistry and intelligence performance embodied by the Porsche brand.  The Park Place team currently races the iconic 911 RSR, GT3 R, Cayman GT4, and GT3 Cup in both FIA and IMSA sanctioned competition. 

Park Place’s positive reputation and strong relationship with Porsche Cars North America, is key to the success of this relationship.

“Park Place has given us an invaluable relationship that allows the race team to execute at a level of excellence that makes us stand out in the race paddocks,” says Lindsay Lindsey, representative for Park Place Motorsports. “Series, drivers, and teams equate our name with a well-run, well-groomed team. When others compete against us, they know they are racing a tough rival. When a competitor seeks us out to join our team, they know they’re joining a program that will care for them and challenge their skill level.”

A My Place Moment for Patrick Lindsey

The iconic #73 has seen some showroom and service action at both the Dallas and Grapevine dealerships, but what brings this sponsorship full circle is the relationship our Park Place Porsche team members have cultivated with our racing team.

Patrick Lindsey, team Principal, is one of the strongest connections to Park Place, not just because of the name on his racing suit, but also because he’s chosen Park Place Porsche for his day-to-day ownership experiences.

“…. the Park Place team takes extra care in the way they handle client and car service from the moment I hit the service drive to the moment I leave- and even after with their follow up and attention to detail,” says Lindsey, “We have definitely borrowed some valuable lessons from watching the way Park Place Porsche builds corporate pride within its members and the way we do the same within our competitive, professional race team that represents the Park Place namesake.”


Follow Park Place Racing and Join the Park Place Motorsports Movement

We invite you to join the Motorsports fandom, and follow @parkplaceracing and @parkplacetexas, or visit us on our racing hub to stay up to date on all things Park Place Motorsports. There’s more to come this year from both Park Place Porsche and Park Place Motorsports, to further bring the track experience to your daily driver. So stay tuned, and share the #ParkPlaceRacing love by commenting, sharing, and posting if you’re watching a race, cheering on the team, or want tips on how to better handle your Porsche (or other daily driver) from the track experts.


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The Park Place Luxury and Supercar Showcase is Set to Return on September 28, 2019

IRVING, Texas (March 4, 2019) – The 3rd Annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase, Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury lifestyle and automotive event, will return this fall to the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019.

“The community has come out in force to support this event the last two years,” said Ken Schnitzer, Park Place Dealerships founder and chairman. “The third annual event will again showcase some of the most exotic and exciting vehicles that will please enthusiasts of all ages. What began three years ago as an engaging opportunity to celebrate our 30th anniversary has quickly turned into the foremost luxury lifestyle and automotive event in this region.”

Park Place Dealerships represents some of the most coveted brands in the world, including Rolls-Royce, Maserati, McLaren, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Land Rover, and Jaguar which will all be featured at the event.

In keeping with a true lifestyle event, Park Place will expand its fashion, food and retail offerings within the Porsche Pavilion. There will be music performances on the Lexus Live Stage and beverages at The Mercedes-Benz Beer Garden on the lush Four Seasons TPC Championship golf course.

Within the event will be a juried Collectors’ Concours, featuring a diverse selection of rare supercars, luxury, sports, vintage and classic cars from private collectors.  The motoring festival also will include a Car Club Expo powered by Park Up Front as well as the beloved Kid’s Zone. 

Iconic luxury shopping and dining destination, Highland Park Village, will present a runway show produced by Jan Strimple Productions for the second year. The fashion show will feature looks from prestigious brands presented exclusively in the climate-controlled pavilion on the resort grounds, with retail pop-ups for guests to shop the day of the event.

Dallas’ Mad Hatter Shane Walker will return to judge the 2019 Haute Hat Contest on The Million Air Stage with categories for stylish men and women. Guests are encouraged to pair a hat with their favorite resort-inspired ensemble.

Ranging from $25 – $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP All Access, which includes the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverages from dozens of the area’s finest restaurants, tickets are on sale at LuxurySupercarShowcase.com. VIP Tickets are limited and have sold out the previous two years.


In 2018, the top Collectors’ Concours award winners were presented with the “Spirit of Park Place” hand-crafted sculpture by Dallas artist Brad Oldham:

  • Best of Show – 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB 6C
  • Chairman’s Choice Award – 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
  • Salesmanship Club Award – 1980 BMW M1

A Thank You To Our Returning Sponsors

Returning partners include the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, VIP Lounge Sponsors Allie Beth Allman & Associates – A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate|URBAN, Captain’s Lounge Sponsor Celebrity Cruises, The City of Irving, Hill & Wilkinson, Hagerty, Event Architecture, AT&T Business, AVSD Productions, Digital 3 Printing, Fauxcades Décor, Brad Oldham Sculpture, D Magazine and NBC 5.

Restaurants featured in the VIP Lounge include The French Room, LAW, III Forks, Cool River, Chop House Burger, Dallas Fish Market, Wild Salsa, Oven and Cellar, Outlaw Tap Room, Kai, Toulouse, Whiskey Cake, Texas de Brazil, Princi Italia, CRU Wine and Food Bar, Pacific Table, Cork & Pig Tavern, Make Your Life Sweeter, and Carlton Provisions.

Additional sponsors include Lilium Florals, Perks & Provisions, Promo Resources, Sunnyland Furniture, RideCentric, iDesignMeetings, Marquee Event Rentals, Bachendorf’s, Jack Black, Maui Jim, Renegade Cigars, Tito’s Vodka, Peroni Beer, Waste Management, GL Seaman, Ratcliff Financial Services, Garages of Texas, Thermal Printing, and MarineMax Yachts.


Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 16 full-service dealerships in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

 

Park Place Racing Owns COTA

Park Place Racing Owns COTA For the Overall and Class Win in Austin.


AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2019) – Park Place Motorsports took home first place overall in Race Two and second place overall in Race One at Circuit of the Americas for round one and two of SRO Pirelli GT4 America race action. The overall win is the team’s first victory at its home track since inception in 2013.
 
Drivers of the No. 77 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman led 11 of 23 laps in the GT4 America series for the overall win in Round Two and bounced back from an early spin due to on-track drama in Race One to finish second overall. In addition to conquering the GT4 series, Brynjolfsson and Hindman dominated the Pirelli GT4 America EAST, running in the EPro-Am class. Together they took home first in Round One and Round Two.
 
Stacking up a record of firsts, Park Place Motorsports’ overall win in Round Two was Brynjolfsson’s first win as the closing driver a professional race. A personal best leads Brynjolfsson into round three and four on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida- his home race. He will carry confidence in machinery and team into the next weekend with his first solo appearance of the 2019 season in the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint series. 
 
The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend kicks off Friday, March 8 with practice sessions taking place at 9:05 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. ET. Saturday, March 9 begins with qualifying at 9:15 a.m. and closes with a 50-minute Race One at 4 p.m. The weekend comes to a close with a second 50-minute sprint Sunday, March 10 at 11:20 a.m. For a weekend schedule or to live stream the races visit http://world-challenge.com.
 
Park Place Motorsports Weekend Quotes
 
Alan Brynjolfsson, Driver of the No. 77 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
“Before I even started I was confident Trent would hand me the car in first place with 25 minutes to go,” Brynjolfsson said. “Sure enough the wonder boy did it and handed it to me in the lead. I had a pair of big shoes to fill but I did my best and we were able to win it. Really proud of the work our guys did this weekend.”

Trent Hindman, Driver of the No. 77 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
“I went into Race Two not wanting to start from fourth because I knew we had a better car for qualifying,” Hindman said. “I knew it would come down to me being aggressive on the start especially because yesterday everyone shot into Turn One on the inside. I braked a bit later into the turn and pass two people on the outside and then make a pass for the lead later in the lap. The conditions were quite different than yesterday so I had to dial in the ABS and brake bias which caused me to lose a position. Once we had a restart I knew it was extremely important that I get the lead and pull a gap.

“It took me a bit longer than I wanted to get the lead but ultimately I was able to achieve it and create a gap. Our pit stop was perfect so then it came down to Alan maintain what we had and bring it home for the win. He really has come such a long way in a year and this is proof of that and proof of what a great program Park Place Motorsports has put together.”

Park Place Motorsports Team Principal, Patrick Lindsey
“The best weekends are weekends you win so I’d have to say we had the best opening weekend we could ask for at COTA,” Lindsey said. “I’m really proud of Alan, Trent and the whole crew. They’re really pushing out there to get the job done and do it right. On top of it all, they’re doing these three race weekends in a row. It’s incredible the fight our guys have, I wish I could be there to celebrate with them all. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in St. Pete. Going in as the leader puts a little more pressure on the weekend but there’s no place, you’d rather be than on top of the leader board.”

Porsche Interview Highlights: “There is Certainly Nothing Routine About 911 Production”

Porsche is certainly staying busy, and in a good way too. In an interview with Porsche’s Executive Board member for Production, we learn about the important links between the past and future at Porsche, and about his passion for the iconic 911. Read a shortened version of the original review below.

Original Press Release and Full Interview Available Here. 


Mr Reimold, you have plenty to juggle in Zuffenhausen just now – constructing a production facility for the electric Taycan, start of production of the new 911, and also increasing production efficiency overall. How would you describe a typical working day?

Very busy! I have been in the automotive industry for 30 years now, and I can honestly say that establishing a new production facility running at full capacity, with new technology and processes, on a brownfield site – in other words an urban development site – is my biggest challenge yet. And I’ve had to overcome plenty of those over the last three decades. If I had to break my working day down, I would say 20% is taken up by corporate strategy, and at least another 20% goes on production preparation for the fully electric Porsche Taycan – though start of production of the new 911 also requires a lot of attention. Then we have to consider that Leipzig is still a huge site, and keeping staff happy and motivated is also very important for me.

How do you do that; do you entertain them?

I’m not sure if “entertain” is exactly right, but certainly ensuring that our employees have a passion for Porsche is a really important task. Every Porsche should promise its buyer many years of driving pleasure, and that kind of passion and joy only gets infused into our products if employees enjoy what they do and identify with the company and its cars. That is why fostering a leadership culture is very close to my heart, and a responsibility that I take very seriously.

Compared with constructing a production plant for the electric Taycan, is the start-up of an established model such as the 911 rather a routine project?

No, there’s really no such thing with Porsche production. While we do of course seek to minimise complexity in production, assembling vehicles in 60-second production cycles is not something we are aiming for, and is certainly not how we approach the Porsche 911. We see extremely high demand for customisation of our iconic sports cars, and it goes without saying that this is reflected in production. As such, we chiefly work with suppliers who are not focused on mass production, and we expend a lot of time and energy in selection, quality assurance and control, so we always have the perfect material available in the right place at the right time. There’s no aspect that you could describe as an easy routine.

The Taycan, your first exclusively electric model, is currently dominating headlines for Porsche. We are rather worried that the 911 will become something of a stalwart – a model that only exists to maintain the brand image and make the margins needed to complete the changeover to electric…

I can put your mind at rest there. In all of its generations, the Porsche 911 has been an icon, and that will not change. We are working hard to create a new icon with the next generation 911, and we’re having a great time doing it. I’m always fascinated by just how popular our cars are with customers, especially the derivatives such as the GT3 and GT2. When I came to Zuffenhausen two and a half years ago, 200 cars a day were being built – now it is 250.

Will you increase capacity again for the new Porsche 911?

This year we have already made great strides towards increasing productivity so that we can meet market demand. As well as production optimisation, a series of Saturday shifts have also been added. We have a great system in place, which allows us to find out what orders are coming in from dealers, and with which package – this means we can plan our capacities accordingly. But we don’t want to upgrade technical production just so that we are up to 300 units; we would rather leave the line at 250 units, and continue to focus on production preparations for the Taycan.

[So you’re saying that] The 911 will stick with the classic mode of production?

Yes. Starting production of a brand-new car – like the Porsche Taycan – in a completely new production facility requires major investment in new technology, as converting existing systems is not actually cost effective per se. The situation may be different in five to ten years. Of course, production efficiency will still increase considerably with the new Porsche 911, but this improvement will take place within the existing production system.

What role does e-mobility play in the Porsche 911?

It’s still a rather minor one because customers expect the 911 to be what it is. But it’s not entirely out of mind. For example, we have designed the model to enable drivetrain electrification – hybridisation in other words, so we would be ready to implement a change like that.

What has changed for the new Porsche 911 from a production viewpoint?

Lightweight construction is a central issue, as is the plant restructuring that comes with it. For the outer shell, we have completely changed over to aluminium, and we are assembling the bodies in the new body shop which we also use to produce bodywork for the Porsche Taycan. This approach is not just about lightweight construction and increasing efficiency, but also improving the outer shell quality.

A key issue for you has been the establishment of your own tool and die shop. How important has that been in developing the outer shell?

Absolutely vital. There’s a real art to perfecting the shapes and curves of a 911: nothing is “off the peg” here. And you can’t attain perfection with generic tooling. Ultimately, we decided to start producing all our own tooling because without an in-house tool and die shop,  it would not have been possible for us to switch over to aluminium bodywork.     


Stay tuned to Porsche Grapevine and Park Place Porsche Dallas for new inventory updates by visiting us at ParkPlace.com.  

Racing Jargon: Things to Know Before Watching Park Place Racing Compete

Park Place Motorsports (Park Place Racing) are gearing up for another race weekend in Florida come March: the Super Sebring.  As their sponsor (and might we suggest their number one fan too), we thought it appropriate to share some of their race lingo so that all Park Place members, especially those new to the racing circuit, can expertly cheer on their very own Motorsports team.

First Off, the Cars:

IMSA WeatherTech Championship GTD: The No. 73 in GTD is referred to as the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche for all races except the Sebring 12 Hour, the Watkins Six Hour and the Petit Le Mans in which it will be referred to as the No. 73 de Boulle Park Place Motorsports Porsche.

IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge GS: The No. 7 is referred to as the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche.

Track Terms:

Safety Car: Also known as a pace car, it is a car which limits the speed of competing cars on a racetrack in the case of a caution period such as an obstruction on the track or bad weather.

Pitlane: Pitlane is an access road for getting on and off the track usually parallel to the front straight. Teams are each granted a spot on the pitlane used to service the car during a pitstop.

Paddock: A large open area here the team sets up their workspace. The paddock houses everything from the sanctioning body trailers to hospitality areas.

Technical Inspection (Tech): Tech is located in the paddock and run by the sanctioning body. Each car mush go through this inspection in order to make sure

Pass Around: Always performed under a full course caution, a pass around is awarded to cars not on the lead lap. It allows them to drive around the field and the safety car, gaining back one single lap.

Pit Stop: When a car enters the pitlane to be serviced. This includes taking on fuel, changing the tires or changing the driver. Multiple pit stops will be performed throughout the race.

Debrief: Following a driver’s stint they will all with the engineer to discuss the car. This includes talking about how the car performs on track, track conditions, and possible changes they feel should be made.

Morning Warm-Up: A 20-minute practice the morning before a race. This allows the drivers and teams to test out any last-minute changes and to get acquainted to that days track conditions.

Qualifying: A 15-minute session in which drivers compete to see who can achieve the fastest. This determines where the drivers will start the race from.

Kinds of Flags (and What They Mean):

Green Flag: Signals the start of the race or a restart.

Full Course Yellow (FCY): Signals an incident on course. Cars must assume safety car speed and fall in line behind the safety car. Competitors may not race or pass for position under a FCY.

Local Yellow: Signals a minor incident or piece of debris on course. Cars must only reduce speed through the turn in which the flag is flown. Upon exiting the turn, they may resume full speed racing.

Rolled up Black Flag: Signals an issue related to you or your car. This represents a warning. If you do not correct the issue you will be issued a penalty.

Black Flag: Signals you are receiving a penalty and should head to the pits. This is issued in accordance following a rolled up black flag.

Red Flag: Signals for all cars to assume safety car speed and head into the pits. A red flag stops the race, but does not stop the running clock. Red flags are most often thrown for weather conditions or severe on-track incidents.

Checkered Flag: Signals the end of the race.

 


Hopefully this helps you prep for the Super Sebring races mid March. If we missed any terms or you have any questions, send them to social@parkplace.com. We’ll get our experts (like Team Principal, Patrick Lindsey) to help us respond.

What’s New at Park Place for 2019, Part 1

Last year was quite the year for product and new model launches, releasing a pretty stellar 2019 line-up from Lexus, Porsche, and McLaren. 

The purposes of this article is to give you short primer on what you can expect to see at Park Place- right now.  From SUVs , sedans, and supercars, there’s a bit of something for everyone. Maybe you’ll spot your future daily driver, weekend joy rider,  surprise gift for that special someone, or simply find your new dream car to pursue in the months and years to come.

If we have inventory or research materials, we’ll be sure to link resources and specific pages throughout the article. And if this is your first time purchasing or leasing a car, do not fret. Our team is trained and eager to assist you throughout the entire process because at Park Place, it’s our goal to make a car buying experience a memorable and proud  “yeah, Park Place is my place” moment. 


What’s On the Ground At Park Place

2019 Porsche Cayenne

The new 2019 Porsche Cayenne is already available at both Park Place Porsche Dallas and Porsche Grapevine. Learn more with this virtual test drive below featuring 335 hp in the base model and 434 horses available in the upgraded Cayenne S.  

Both the Cayenne and Cayenne S can reach 0-60 in less than 6 seconds, so if you’re looking to add some extra power while keeping a clean luxe exterior for seamless transitions from errand running, to work meetings, and date night , Porsche’s luxury SUV is the ticket. All current Cayenne inventory at Porsche Grapevine and Park Place Porsche Dallas can be viewed by clicking here.

2019 Lexus UX

The first ever Lexus Crossover is built for those with a love for adventure, without committing to a full-size SUV. Elegant, yet striking and crisp design includes a uniquely design tail lamp with an interior based on intuitive technology will not just meet but exceed the millennial seeking contemporary, youthful design, Lexus-level reliability, and seamless performance all in one.

The all-new Lexus Crossover is available, with the UX 300 starting an MSRP of 32,000 and the UX 250h at just above $34,000.  Park Place is offering a few models with upgraded accessory packages, like the UX Urban Lander Edition introduced at Park Place Lexus Plano.

Click to View all of our UX inventory at both Park Place Lexus Plano and Park Place Lexus Grapevine

McLaren 720s Spider

Revealed online earlier this month (and available to order immediately), the new 720s Spider combines the thrill of open-air driving with unparalleled Super Series dynamic performance and sophistication. The 2019 McLaren 720s is an exhilarating second generation McLaren, fitting for both the repeat collector and a first McLaren investor.

2019 Models are now available at McLaren Dallas and McLaren Houston. Click to View 2019 McLaren 720s Inventory

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

It’s already been called an entry-level game changer. The long-awaited Mercedes-Benz A Class will likely land a coveted spot on the modern millennial bucket list pretty quickly.  And with a MSRP of below $35,000, without concessions, on digital experience it’s pretty easy to see why.

The A-Class Sedan is equipped with a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine, 188 hp and 221lb-ft of torque, and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The interior and head lamp lighting capabilities add an additional special surprise for passengers.

The technology systems integrate the new MBUX user experience with voice recognition based on artificial intelligence. Demos have arrived at Park Place Motorcars and will be available in the showroom later this month.

Are you ready to set-up your test drive and explore leasing options? Visit ParkPlace.com for more information and contact one of the four Park Place Motorcars locations (Grapevine, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington) with any questions or requests. Click to Explore Park Place Motorcars

Volvo S60

The new 2019 S60 (and all new ’60 models) are getting the upgrades from their 90 counterparts from amenities and styling. The S60 is also the first model built in the United States plan in South Carolina, sporting a slicker look and powerful engine. Car and Driver commented on the sedan as a “formidable competitor in a way that it wasn’t before.” It still represents classic Volvo design language perfectly with emphasis on intuitive technology, safety innovations, sustainable power updates, and now a “bold attitude” to match.

We highly encourage a test drive to experience the different in Volvo’s four-door ’60 sedan. Click To View Inventory

Park Place Select Premier Tier

Park Place Dealerships is expanding the successful subscription program, Park Place Select. This new fourth tier (called the Premier Tier) offers supercars to its subscribers.

The Premier tier includes the McLaren 570 Spider, Bentley Bentayga, Bentley Continental GT Convertible, Maserati Quattroporte and the Mercedes-Benz G63.

Learn more about this one-of-a-kind subscription-based ownership experience here.


View our current special lease offers at all Park Place locations

Stay tuned for Part 2, featuring what you can expect to either be released or hit our dealerships later this year (including the 2020 911 and Land Rover Evoque).

Race Recap: Park Place Takes Eighth After Daytona Ends Red

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2019) – Park Place Motorsports survived error and flood to finish eighth at the Rolex 24 At Daytona giving the team its highest finish in the twice-around-the-clock classic.


Park Place Motorsports overcame a flooded Daytona International Raceway after gaining back three laps lost to a runaway left rear tire. The No. 73 de Boulle Porsche 911 GT3 R led its way around the 3.56-mile track as the race neared its final two hours. In those hours Park Place Motorsports pitted in hopes to come out ahead and with the proper fuel to go the distance and for the win. However, before the pit sequence began a red flag was thrown due to inclement conditions on track. The 57th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona finished under red.

Porsche Factory Driver Patrick Long and Porsche Young Professional Matt 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 nearly escaped a multicar pileup, maneuvering the No. 73 through turns 10 and 11. Campbell steered clear of any on-track drama and made his way to the front of the field, leading until a pit stop and the final red flag shuffled him to eighth.

Endurance driver Nick Boulle and Team Principal Patrick 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 No. 73 de Boulle Porsche clean and turning consistent lap times while fighting to earn laps back.

The No. 73 had been running in the lead after nightfall when Campbell lost a tire. He nursed the car back to pitlane where the crew quickly solved the issue and sent Campbell back out. He resumed the race three laps down. Lindsey and Boulle benefited from pass arounds during the many cautions featured throughout their runs. Steady laps by each driver as well as strategy from pit lane aided in Park Place Motorsports returning to the lead lap and then to the lead of the GT Daytona class.

Park Place Motorsports next race is at Sebring International Raceway for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advanced Auto Parts. The weekend is part of a Super Sebring weekend featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship on the same weekend. Patrick Lindsey will race in both the traditional 12-hour race Saturday, March 16 with Park Place Motorsports and the FIA 1,000 miles of Sebring Friday, March 15 with Project 1 supported by Park Place Motorsports.

Mathew Campbell

“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.”

Patrick Long

“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.”

Nick Boulle

“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. 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. 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. I’m looking forward to the 12 Hours of Sebring and seeing what we can do.”

Patrick Lindsey

“We could say what if, but you can’t predict everything so I’m really happy with how today went,” Lindsey said. “This was our best run at Daytona. The team executed really well, we had no penalties. All the drivers held there own out there. Pat, Matt and Nick all did really well. Everyone was on it. We’re entering the next race with good points and in the bigger picture that is what matters. I’m excited to see what this team builds.”

From the Track: Park Place Finishes as Top Porsche in Round One of MICHELIN Pilot Challenge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2019) – Park Place Motorsports completed its first round of IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge action at Daytona International Speedway finishing seventh in the GS class with the No. 7 VOLT® Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4.

The Michelin Pilot Challenge began the year with both action and drama. In 20 minutes, Driver and sponsor Alan Brynjolfsson with codriver Trent Hindman negotiated a seventh-place finish charging to the front of the field from the 19th position. The Porsche Cayman GT4 was running second in the final hour of the race but served a drive through penalty for a premature restart. The team initially debated the penalty with race control as no position was gained after following the overall leader at the green flag.

Hindman began the race from fifth after qualifying sixth due to a competing McLaren receiving a penalty after tech inspection. At the start he made his way from fifth to third easily. Hindman spent his first stint trading paint within the GS class and maintained position within the top five of the field. Hindman took over for Brynjolfsson to finish the race advancing to podium position prior to the penalty all while avoiding crash damage from incidents happening around him.

“The Volt Racing Park Place Motorsports guys did a great job preparing this brand-new 718 Porsche GT4,” Hindman said. “It was fast straight from the Roar, we were fast all weekend. There were some cars that flew under the radar, but we played that game as honestly as we could. We knew he had good performance going into this race and we really started taking advantage of that with two hours.

“The race was playing out like a typical Mike Johnson strategy, but ultimately a call was made that I jumped the restart and I had to do a drive through. Of course, I’m going to disagree with it, but it is what it is. I’ll have to go back and re-watch it to see where exactly I went wrong, but I was still happy to walk away with minor scrapes on the car. It was wild out there from the drop of the green and it just got more intense as time went on. For us to walk away with a car in one piece, a car that’s strong for Sebring and a car that finished seventh I think it really shows what type of a quality operation this is. I think we’re in a good position to fight for a championship this year.”

Brynjolfsson kept the car clean while dogging incident through his stint as well, the race featured nine yellow flags in total. After taking over for Hindman, Brynjolfsson maintained eighth position overall outdriving his Porsche counterparts. A long yellow flag restricted Brynjolfsson from advancing further into the field though he kept the car within striking distance of a win.

“The car was great,” Brynjolfsson said. “We had no problems or attrition out there mechanically or with our competitors. We finished as the number one Porsche so I’m not sure there’s more we could ask for there. Trent had the car in second place before the penalty, which we’re still unclear on. Even with the drive through we were able to finish seventh. This is my third year in a GT4, and this is the most fun and consistent car I’ve driven yet so I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”


To Brynjolfssons’s word Park Place Motorsports finishes Race One of the Michelin Pilot Challenge as the highest finishing Porsche. Relive the action from the Endurance Challenge At Daytona Wednesday, Feb. 6 on NBCSN. The series returns for Round Two at Sebring International Raceway March 13-16 for the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring. For a detailed schedule visit http://imsa.com.