New Braunfels, TX – Ginetta Factory driver Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group continued their podium streak this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park with a second place finish in Round 6 of Pirelli World Challenge GTS competition.
The weekend began with two unofficial testing sessions on Thursday, April 21 followed by practice that same day. Chase started out strong by leading the first official practice session with a 1:31.621 fast lap. Qualifying for Round 5 proved to be challenging and the Performance Motorsports Group team battled a few small technical issues in the pits while running second fastest. With the track drying from earlier rains, he watched from the sidelines as his time dropped to thirteenth fastest. Staying positive, Chase felt confident in his ability to cut through the field.
When the green flag waved to start Round 5, the skies opened up and rain poured down on the course. An early yellow and then red flag was called by Race Control to allow teams the opportunity to pit and change to Pirelli PZero rain tires. Under the direction of Performance Motorsports Group Team Principal Stuart Robinson, the No. 19 stayed on slick Pirelli tires. Chase was making consistent progress and overtaking competitors after the restart but the weather made a turn for the worst and the race was ended early due to hazardous conditions. Chase had made up seven positions before the checkered flag dropped, earning a sixth place finish and the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger award.
Chase’s fastest race lap in Round 5 placed him right where he left off for Round 6, starting in sixth place. Chase rocketed to third place immediately on the start of the race. After a short yellow flag for a stalled car on the starting grid, Chase stayed up on the wheel and battled the competition for the remainder of the race. Chase fell back as far as fifth place before mounting his attack on the podium. With only minutes to race Chase stuck passes on Lawson Aschenbach and Scott Dollahite to earn a career best second place finish.
“It was a great weekend for us,” said Chase. “The Performance Motorsports Group team really knows their way around these Ginetta G55 GT4 race cars and prepare a fast and stable package for me every session. Round 5 was a little challenging but it was the right move to stay on slick tires and I think if I had a few more laps I could have put it on the pole for Round 6, the car felt that stable out there even in the wet. I am really happy to deliver a second place finish to Ginetta in my first race as a Factory driver and I know we will be on that top step soon. Congratulations to my teammate Harry Gottsacker on a great weekend and thanks to Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta.”
Watch GTS Rounds 5 and 6 from Barber Motorsports Park on CBS Sports Network Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 PM EST.
Next up for Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group is GTS Rounds 7 and 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Mat 19-22, 2016.
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About Parker Chase
At age 15, Parker Chase will be one of the youngest drivers to compete in Pirelli World Challenge, piloting the No. 19 Ginetta G55 in the GTS class in select races. The Texas native started his career in 2008 racing go karts, and was later named the Texas Prokart Challenge Champion in the highly competitive Rotax Mini-Max category. In 2015, Chase made the transition to race cars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series in 2015. That year, the young racer earned his SCCA and NASA licenses, fully prepared for the 2016 season. In addition to competing in select races of the Pirelli World Challenge, this year Chase will also compete in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross Series and a partial season of the highly competitive IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series.
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