IMSA: Park Place parks its GTD Porsche for VIR, too

Photo courtesy of IMSA

The WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3 R was one withdrawal from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and now there’s another one, albeit fortunately only for the next race.

Park Place Motorsports has parked its No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R for the series’ upcoming Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway, but will be back for the final two races at Circuit of The Americas and Road Atlanta owing to existing sponsor commitments.

Team principal and co-driver Patrick Lindsey told Sportscar365 there’s more to the dynamic than just Balance of Performance as to why they’ve opted to skip the next race.

“Our view, which may or may not be expressed by other teams, is that what the series is doing is more driver BoP. It’s very elaborate,” he told Sportscar365.

“[It] turns out we ran a perfect race but we completely lucked into second place,” he added. “If other cars didn’t make mistakes, we would have been fourth or fifth at best.”

You can see more at the full article, linked above.

We pinged Porsche for comment, receiving the following back.

Turner Motorsport, which runs two BMW M6 GT3s, took the opportunity to note the No. 73 Porsche seemed OK at Road America in the below tweet, before Lindsey rebutted it:

Despite scoring two podiums, including a second last time out at Road America, Lindsey and co-driver Joerg Bergmeister are tied for 10th in the GT Daytona driver’s standings.

Nonetheless, as noted in the WeatherTech story, Park Place and other Porsche teams have banked results perhaps in spite of the alleged performance deficit.

Porsche sits second in the GTD Manufacturer’s Championship, seven points behind VAG sister brand Audi and one clear of Ferrari in third.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”