IMSA: Johnson to oversee expanded Park Place customer program
Park Place Motorsports is expanding into customer racing and has brought on team manager and strategist Mike Johnson to orchestrate the new program as director of race operations.
Johnson will oversee Park Place Porsche and Park Place Motorsports’ plan to further the client relationship by creating a customer program. The program is designed for those new to racing or pursuing racing as a specialty. Park Place will also expand its development program, working in coordination with Porsche Motorsport North America to showcase the upcoming talent and develop professional racing careers.
Johnson formerly worked with Volt Racing in the newly renamed Michelin Pilot Challenge while also acting as the strategist for Park Place Motorsports. During the 2018 season, Johnson was at the helm of the Park Place GT3 R running in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series and the No. 71 Porsche GT3 Cup running Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
“I am very excited to be joining Park Place Motorsports as they start the next chapter in their long history,” Johnson said. “Patrick [team principal Patrick Lindsey] is one of the true class acts in the IMSA paddock, and I am happy to help him grow the new Park Place enterprise. He has some pretty big plans for the future of his team and partners; I just hope I can keep up.”
Johnson’s résumé includes the 2000 and 2001 Grand-Am LMP2 driver and team championship with his team Archangel Motorsports, 2004 Grand Am SGS driver and team championship with TPC Racing, 2005 Grand Am GT team championship with The Racers Group, 2013 Grand Am NAEC GT driver and team championship with Stevenson Motorsports and the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS driver and team championship with Stevenson Motorsports. He owns 64 race wins, including the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, between the Grand Am Rolex SportsCar Series, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (Michelin Pilot Challenge), ALMS victories and one win thus far in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
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