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

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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 entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold