Brynjolfsson and Hindman Join Park Place Motorsports

 Park Place Motorsports is going where it has never gone before, the Michelin Pilot Challenge. In 2019, Park Place Motorsports is set to run Alan Brynjolfsson and co-driver Trent Hindman in the Michelin Pilot Challenge with the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Brynjolfsson and Hindman will run under the Park Place Motorsports banner with VOLT Lighting, a manufacturer of outdoor lighting, as the primary sponsor. The blending of teams was decided as the best option for both VOLT Racing and Park Place Motorsports as IMSA competition continues to strengthen.

The driving pair competed together last season under VOLT Racing in the Grand Sport class. The team ended the season eighth in the championship with a win at Road America, two top-five finishes and two top 10 finishes to its name. “This was a complex decision. I really liked and believed in the guys that ran VOLT Racing in 2018; I can’t say enough good things about them, especially my Team Manager Chris Vallee,” Brynjolfsson said. “They did a great job getting us wins in both IMSA and PWC. The GT4 field is growing quickly, and we will probably see 30 cars in 2019.
“To fight for a championship, we needed a larger operation and the economies of scale of multiple cars. Park Place is a proven Porsche program in WeatherTech, we will be running two Porsches next year, so it was a natural fit. With Mike Johnson my Strategist moving to Park Place and taking the helm as Team Manager it made it a very attractive deal.”

While Park Place Motorsports is competently ready to take on the Michelin Pilot Challenge series, Brynjolfsson is equally prepared to take on the nuances of driving a Porsche after spending a year in the Ford Mustang. The 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport was designed with the racetrack in mind. The Porsche GT4 gives a nod to the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in its chassis design and boasts a 3.8-litre mid-mounted flat engine, 385 hp and 420 Nm maximum torque. The redesign makes it more than a competitor; it will be a podium contender.

“I am very excited about the switch,” Brynjolfsson said.  “The Mustang was a point and shoot car where you would diamond off corners to utilize its great torque off the corner.  The Porsche has great balance, and you can carry more speed through corners and slide the car, call it a momentum car if you like. I think Porsche will suit my driving style better. The a/c will be a welcome bonus, but the reliability and thorough development of the Porsche GT4 is the crucial ingredient for being competitive at year end with a large field.”

Though much is scheduled to change next year for the VOLT Lighting entry, one much-welcomed consistency is the driver pairing. Brynjolfsson and Hindman enter their second season together as co-drivers. While Brynjolfsson enters his third season of racing Hindman, 23, is a seasoned professional.

“Trent is an amazing driver, and I feel fortunate to get to drive with him again for the 2019 season,” Brynjolfsson said. “If I hand him a good car in decent position, I expect him to win the race. For the season I expect nothing less than for Trent to win his second IMSA GS Championship and me to win my first. As for my personal goals for next year I want to work on increasing my situational awareness, increasing my speed, and having zero accidents. If I can work on those three things, we’ll have a great year.”

Hindman enters his sixth season in the challenge series and first season with Park Place Motorsports. In those six seasons, he walked away with a championship in 2014, as vice-champion in 2016, third in the points standings in 2017 and with numerous wins to his name.

“I’m very much looking forward to a sixth season in the Michelin Pilot Challenge,” Hindman said. “Having the opportunity to work with Alan and VOLT Racing throughout 2018 and to be a part of his development behind the wheel once again is a very exciting prospect to me. However, the potential of winning races and fighting for another GS championship is what motivates me the most. I feel that we have an excellent team behind us in Park Place Motorsports that will certainly help Alan and me achieve this goal.”

With all of the success, Hindman has seen in the Michelin Pilot Challenge it only makes sense some of it was done in a Porsche. Hindman will look to utilize experience from previous seasons of running a Porsche entry to help Brynjolfsson feel comfortable in their new ride. He also looks forward to the success he sees in his future.

“Fortunately, I had the pleasure of driving the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in 2016 and 2017,” Hindman said. “It was a phenomenal car, but I absolutely cannot wait to drive the 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4. By all indications, it’s going to be a very competitive platform for the GT4/GS category, and I have no doubts that our Cayman GT4, in the hands of Park Place, will be up towards the front for the entirety of 2019.

“Sitting behind the wheel of a Porsche Cayman gives us a quite a large confidence boost. We have all observed the competitiveness of the car in seasons past but now understanding the improvements and updates with the newest generation Cayman GT4 makes us even more excited to get it on track.”

Success is never possible without drivers willing to do the work behind the wheel and off track. Hindman does not doubt that he and Brynjolfsson will be a strong entry in the Michelin Pilot Challenge after watching his teammate develop over the past season. 

“Alan is really the guy behind what VOLT Racing has developed into, and for me, it’s a huge honor to remain as a part of it,” Hindman said. “Just about every time Alan climbed in the car last year, we saw improvement in some area or another, which is very encouraging for the entire team and me. For only two years of racing at this level he’s come an incredibly long way, so to keep that momentum moving forward into next year will be most important.

Alan has done a fantastic job so far by placing an excellent team around him, as well having a high level of motivation himself to improve and ultimately win races. I don’t think there is any more of a competitive combination in the Michelin Challenge paddock than Park Place and Porsche. We certainly hope to continue the team’s run of success moving into 2019.”

The Michelin Pilot Challenge starts up in early January at Daytona International Raceway for the Roar Before the Rolex 24. At the official IMSA test, Porsche teams will take possession of the Porsche Cayman GT4 for the first time as the manufacturer is set to release the car in North America. The first race of the year, BMW Endurance Challenge At Daytona, will be in coordination with the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, January 24-28.

Living The American Dream: Kolkmann Ends First Race Season In North America

DALLAS (October 24, 2018) – Park Place Motorsports’ Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama driver David Kolkmann ended his first race season in North America at the Porsche Young Drivers Academy VII (PYDA).
After only 10 months in America Kolkmann is headed back to Germany armed with a plethora of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohoma podiums, as well as the chance to say he attended the exclusive PYDA. Kolkmann earned this invitation through his impressive performance in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohoma championship. The chosen drivers were the first ever to experience the program in the state-of-the-art Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles (PECLA) in California.
“I feel really honored and thankful to have been a part of it and to have worked with such experienced people,” Kolkmann said. “It’s a great way to end my first year in America and I think it shows that Park Place Motorsports and I performed well during the season.”

Starting in 2012, Porsche Motorsport North America began hand-selecting four promising drivers at the end of the North American race season to partake in a two-day intensive training academy. The PYDA focuses on six main modules that have been identified as crucial to a racing drivers success; media training, physical training and nutrition, technical training, mental performance coaching, simulator testing and car handling.
The program kicked off Sunday, Oct. 21, with the nutrition and training module. The drivers met with a professional race car driver Jan Heylen to learn how to properly care for their bodies before, during and after a race weekend.
They then moved to a classroom for mental coaching and technical training. A strong mental game is crucial in racing’s constantly varied, fast pace atmosphere where one mistake could cost you a championship. A driver that is technically trained can better communicate car setup to the team making it possible to find the extra tenth of a second that could win a race.
“I took in a lot of information and I think it will take a couple of days to really process everything,” Kolkmann said. “I wrote a lot of notes and I´ll go over it on my way back to Germany. I think it will make me a better racing driver in every aspect which is one of the main goals of the Porsche Young Driver Academy.”
Kolkmann and company returned to PECLA Monday for the remaining three modules, starting with Media training. The drivers met with journalist Jamie Howe to learn how to professionally communicate their post-race thoughts, team names and sponsor plugs. Howe then handed the group over to Porsche Motorsport Factory Driver Patrick Long for simulator training. The drivers wrapped up the academy with a lesson on the skid pad to focus car control.
Upon the completion of the six modules the drivers sat down with key Porsche Motorsport figures such as Porsche Motorsport North America CEO Dr. Daniel Armbruster and Race Director Owen Hayes to discuss the takeaway points from the season as a whole and the Academy. Amidst the discussion, Kolkmann reflected on the whirlwind year he had experienced.

“My first season in America was fantastic,” Kolkmann said. “We were able to win a couple of races and we finished on the podium six times. Of course, we also had difficult races but that’s just a part of racing. I really enjoyed my time in America this year and I also found some new favorite tracks. I’m really thankful to Park Place Motorsports because they gave me the opportunity to make my first steps into American racing. It’s a great team, I really enjoyed working with them and cannot thank them enough.”

Update from Park Place Racing: Too Fast To Handle

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 13, 2018) – Park Place Motorsports ends its 10-hour fight after three due to an undiagnosed gearbox issue at Road Atlanta.
Spencer Pumpelly made heads turn as he turned determined laps when disaster struck during the Motul Petit Le Mans. The No. 73 Park Place Porsche GT3 R slowed to a stop on track. Pumpelly maneuvered the No. 73 Porsche out of harm’s way before coming to a full stop, albeit a little too well. Pumpelly was stranded out on track for nearly 30 minutes as he waited for a yellow flag and a tow back to the paddock. 
The time between the No. 73 Porsche stopping on track and being delivered back to the paddock caused the team to fall over 30 laps down. While the issue was fixable, the race was determined not to be, and the team decided to retire.  
“To start the stint the car was fantastic,” Pumpelly said. “We put a lot of work into it over the course of the stint to make it faster, but I was really surprised when I got in on fresh tires how fast it was for the first few laps. It was a car that seemed to be good over every stage of the race. We started to lose grip as the tires wore but we still were running a lot faster than the people we were chasing.”
“Tim (Pappas) did a great job to keep us in the hunt and on the lead lap. Suddenly coming out Turn 5 the revs skyrocketed, and I lost control and forward drive. I knew right away something had broken and I tried to diagnose it hoping it got stuck in neutral. Unfortunately, it was terminal, so we safely came to a stop out of the way and that was our day. I can’t be happier to be back with Park Place Motorsports and work with these guys. It was a fun weekend, a fantastic car and great comradery.”

While running, Pumpelly ran a lap time of 1:20.536, the second fastest lap of the race behind points leader Madison Snow in the No. 48 Lamborghini. Before retiring from the race, Pumpelly propelled the No. 73 through the field to the lead lap and 10th place after being put a lap down during the pit stop Pumpelly jumped in to relieve Tim Pappas. Wolf Henzler did not get track time after the recon lap before the race.

Park Place Motorsports finishes its partial season having run six races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In three of those six races, the team finished the race as the highest finishing or as the fastest Porsche in the field. Park Place Motorsports has yet to announce its plans for the 2019 season, for updates through the offseason visit

News From Park Place Racing: Conquering Road Atlanta Again

DALLAS (Oct. 9, 2018) – Park Place Motorsports takes confidence into the Motul Petit Le Mans after back-to-back podium celebrations in California. 
In the GT Daytona class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Porsche Factory Driver Jörg Bergmeister drove a nail-biting race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. His efforts gave the team a second-place finish. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama driver David Kolkmann received a third-place finish in Race Two at Sonoma Raceway after penalty dissolved the initial winner’s accomplishment. 
At Road Atlanta Park Place Motorsports’ No. 73 Park Place Porsche GT3 R features an all-new lineup. Endurance driver Tim Pappas will take on the 10-hour endurance event with Spencer Pumpelly and longtime Porsche favorite Wolf Henzler. Pumpelly ran a season with Park Place Motorsports in 2015, during that year he and the team won Petit Le Mans in GTD. Henzler has never before run with Park Place Motorsports. All three drivers bring the experience of winning at Road Atlanta in the GTD class.
While Park Place Motorsport shoots for one last taste of champagne before the end of the 2018 season, Team Principal Patrick Lindsey and Bergmeister will fight for their second podium of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season at Fuji Speedway.
“I’m still upset that these two races conflict but I’m excited for our lineup in the 73,” Lindsey said. “We want to win, and that is what this lineup will do. Wolf has a ridiculous amount of experience and is one of the best Porsche has to offer. Spencer is a solid driver. He’s someone I’ll always trust with my team. Tim has the competitive spirit and experience to get the job done. I expect to see a trophy when I get back from Japan if everything goes their way.”

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama lineup stays the same with David Kolkmann of Germany returning for the final event. He stands third in the Platinum Class points championship. He is 19 points behind second place and 20 points ahead of fourth. A good weekend could give Kolkmann a final boost while a less than desirable weekend could take him out of the top three, which are honorably mentioned during the awards banquet following Race Two at Road Atlanta. 
“If I could change anything for David I would go back and change Sebring,” Lindsey said. “To be so close in the points championship is really the difference between two rough races at Sebring. My hope is David ends the season with two strong performances. He can walk away happy with what he’s done this year. His talent and attitude carried him as-far-as possible with the help of an amazing team behind him of course.”
Park Place Motorsports kicks off a long week at Road Atlanta with Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama practice Wednesday, Oct. 10. The days become longer as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practices both day and night for the Motul Petit Le Mans and Race One for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA takes place Thursday, Oct. 11.

Race Two for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and qualifying for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are set for Friday, Oct. 12. Finally, the weekend and 2018 season come to an end Saturday, Oct. 13 with the start of the 10-hour endurance race, the Motul Petit Le Mans. For a full schedule visit http:/

Park Place Racing Feature: Locked and Loaded – Kolkmann’s Championship Hunt

DALLAS (Sept. 11, 2018) – After leaving a trail of podiums across the eastern seaboard, David Kolkmann is headed west with his sights set on the top step of the podium.
Kolkmann’s No. 71 Eucon/Park Place Porsche GT3 Cup takes center stage at Sonoma Raceway for rounds 13 and 14 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Currently, Kolkmann sits third in the championship, ahead in second place is the No. 1 of Roman DeAngelis. Fifteen points separate Kolkmann from his target in second and competition in fourth; deeming this race the turning point for his championship endeavor.

 The 2.52-mile, 12 turn course marks the penultimate race weekend for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Rising tensions breed careless mistakes, on which Kolkmann hopes to capitalize. He has spent his past month training, logging miles on the simulator and coaching to ensure his mind and body are primed for battle.
I feel like I’ve done everything possible to succeed at Sonoma,” Kolkmann said. “The past few races have been good, but I know I must win both races now if I want to get the championship. So, there is some pressure but I’ve spent a lot of hours on watching onboard views of Sonoma and I think I now know the track well. No one wins races, everyone else just loses them.”
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA field spent the past four events battling tire degradation due to blistering temperatures. It will be faced with a new challenge this weekend as Sonoma Raceway promises cooler temperatures during both Round 13 and Round 14.
There are 140 possible points remaining in the season and Kolkmann must collect all of them in order to prevail. Tire management and a flawlessly executed race will be the only way to win this championship.
“David has proven that he is a solid competitor,” said Team Principal Patrick Lindsey. “These last two weekends will be make or break. I really think we as team will have to focus on capitalizing on others mistakes. It’s that time where everyone feels the pressure and this championship is by no means wrapped up for anyone. David’s in striking distance but he will really have to show how much he’s matured this year and put himself in the right position to win. I think he can do it, but some opportunities will have to arise.”
Park Place Motorsports hits the ground running with a full day of practice Friday, Sept. 14. They return Saturday the 15 for qualifying at 9:45 a.m. PT and Race One at 1:15 p.m. Finally, they close out their weekend with Race Two Sunday the 16 at 12:30 p.m. serving as the opening act to IndyCar’s Sonoma Grand Prix. The entire weekend will be broadcast live on and

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